The Physician Assistant Student's Guide to the Clinical Year: Emergency Medicine

The Physician Assistant Student's Guide to the Clinical Year: Emergency Medicine

Dipali Yeh, MS, PA-C, Erin Marthedal, MS, 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 emergency medicine 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 Emergency Medicine edition of this 7-volume series, discounted when purchased as a full set, delineates the exact duties required in this specialty.

Written by experienced PA educators, this guide details the clinical approach to common presentations such as chest pain, altered mental status, and headache. It also provides a systems-based approach to more than 40 of the most frequently encountered disease entities you will see in this rotation, including traumatic injury, cerebrovascular accident, and acute coronary syndrome.

Distinguished by brief, bulleted content with handy tables and figures, the reference offers all pertinent laboratory and imaging studies needed to confirm a diagnosis, with medication and management guidelines. This guide also describes the most common procedures you will learn during the emergency medicine rotation, including incision and drainage, wound repair, and foreign body removal. Also included is a special chapter on non-medical situations you’ll find in the emergency department, such as drug-seeking behavior, violent or incarcerated patients, and malingering and factitious disorders.

Key Features:

  • Provides a pocket-size overview of the PA emergency medicine rotation
  • Describes common clinical presentations, disease entities, and procedures
  • Offers clinical pearls throughout
  • Reflects the 2019 NCCPA PANCE blueprint
  • Includes three bonus digital chapters! Guided case studies to reinforce clinical reasoning, 25 rotation exam-style questions with remediating rationales, and additional resources to enhance your emergency department experience

Other books in this series:

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

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • OB-GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health


Dipali Yeh, MS, PA-C:

Dipali Yeh, M.S., PA-C, CHSE is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program in New Jersey and has been a faculty member for 10 years. She received her B. S. in Biology in 1999 from Seton Hall University and then went on to complete her Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree in 2001 from the joint University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ)/Seton Hall University program. She has 18 years of experience in Emergency Medicine and continues to work clinically at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Ms. Yeh is a certified healthcare simulation expert at the PA Program. Her role includes coordinating all simulation activity for the Program and is involved in interprofessional education for the School of Health Professions. She is also currently pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Healthcare Studies at Rosalind Franklin University.


Erin Marthedal, M.S., PA-C, holds a volunteer faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the department of Primary Care at the Rutgers School of Health Professions where she works with PA students and faculty. Ms. Marthedal also works in clinical practice at a private Urgent Care Center in New Jersey. Previously, she was a Clinical Instructor in the Emergency Department at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, from 2010 to 2016. She has experience in emergency medicine, urgent care medicine, clinical preceptorship and community-based primary care clinic work in the United States and abroad. Ms. Marthedal is a graduate of the Rutgers School of Health Professions Master of Science Physician Assistant program. She works with the New Jersey State Society for Physician Assistants Foundation and was awarded the 2018 Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions Distinguished Service Award. She has previously been published in a peer-reviewed journal and has given academic presentations for the Robert Wood Johnson Emergency Medicine residency program and New Jersey State Society for Physician Assistant educational conference.