June 18, 2014
Lake Erie College physician assistant students visit University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Students enrolled in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at Lake Erie College recently visited the Neurology Electromyography (EMG) Lab at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Karen Spencer, lead electromyography technologist at the Neurologic Institute, led the presentation and demonstration.
This visit was a special off-site experience for the students' Gross Anatomy and Physiology Lab, taught by Sean Kramer, MSHS, PA-C, assistant professor and academic coordinator for the Lake Erie College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. The students are also taking the counterpart Gross Anatomy and Physiology Lecture that is being taught by Prabhat Sharma, MD, PhD. His class is currently reviewing electrophysiology, and the lab was an opportunity to see its application.
Spencer's presentation included when to order an EMG, including nerve conduction study, benefits and risks, physiologic principles, usage in diagnosis, limitations, and interaction between technologists and physicians. She then demonstrated nerve conduction studies, checking sensory and motor conduction on five students.
"The experience was a highlight of the class and lab for our students," Kramer said. "They were interested in seeing the practical application of their in-class learning as it is used in a hospital setting."
Twenty-four students are enrolled in the first cohort of the 27-month Lake Erie College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. The students were sworn in on May 15 and began classes on May 19. Joe Weber, MBA, MPAS, PA-C, is the program director.
For more information about the Lake Erie College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, contact Joe Weber at 440.497.8625.