The Physician Assistant Student's Guide to the Clinical Year: Behavioral Health

The Physician Assistant Student's Guide to the Clinical Year: Behavioral Health

Jill Cavalet, MHS, PA-C


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“A lifesaver – not just for PA students, but for faculty and administrators trying our best to prepare them. Perfect for students to read and use on rotation.”

– James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Program Director, Yale Physician Assistant Online Program

The first pocket-size resource to guide PA students through their behavioral health rotation

Prepare for and thrive during your clinical rotations with the quick-access pocket guide series, The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year. The Behavioral Health edition of this 7-volume series, discounted when purchased as a full set, delineates the exact duties required in this specialty.

Written by an experienced PA educator, this guide details the clinical approach to common presentations such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. It also provides a systems-based approach to 40 of the most frequently encountered disorders you will see in this rotation, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.

Distinguished by brief, bulleted content with handy tables and figures, the reference offers all pertinent psychiatric rating scales, screening tools, and diagnostic criteria needed to confirm a diagnosis. This guide also describes the urgent management techniques you will learn during the behavioral health rotation, including suicide risk assessment, management of delirium tremens, and use of restraints.

Key Features:

  • Provides a pocket-size overview of the PA behavioral health rotation
  • Describes common clinical presentations and mental health disorders
  • Offers a step-by-step approach to diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Includes clinical pearls throughout
  • Reflects the 2019 NCCPA PANCE blueprint
  • Includes two bonus digital chapters! Three guided case studies to reinforce clinical reasoning plus 25 rotation exam-style questions with remediating rationales

Other books in this series:

The Physician Assistant Student’s Guide to the Clinical Year:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • OB-GYN
  • Pediatrics


Jill Cavalet, MHS, PA-C:

Jill Cavalet, DHSc, PA-C, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Physician Assistant Department at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Cavalet received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Science from Saint Francis College. She practiced clinically full-time in the behavioral medicine department at Altoona Hospital, and also served as a preceptor. Upon her faculty appointment, Dr. Cavalet received a Master of Health Science degree from Saint Francis University, and later, a Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. She continues to precept and practice clinically in behavioral medicine at UPMC Altoona Hospital.

Dr. Cavalet has presented at the state and national levels, and has previous publications. She is a past recipient of the Preceptor of the Year Award from the Saint Francis University Physician Assistant Department, and was a finalist in the Saint Francis University Distinguished Faculty Award. She has also been inducted into the Pi Alpha National Physician Assistant Honor Society. Dr. Cavalet has served as a conference proposal reviewer for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as a subject matter expert for the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, and as an item writer for the Physician Assistant Education Association.