Students must be able to relate effectively to patients while conveying compassion and empathy. They must be able to clearly communicate with patients in order to elicit information, accurately describe changes in mood, activity and posture of patients, and understand verbal as well as nonverbal communication.
Communication includes not only speech, but reading and writing. Physician assistant education presents exceptional challenges in the volume and breadth of reading required to master subject areas and impart the information to others.
Students must be able to communicate quickly, effectively, and efficiently in oral and written English in the classroom and with patients and all members of the health care team. Specific requirements include, but are not limited to, the following: