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Physician Assistant Program - Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Mission of the University of the Sciences Physician Assistant Program is to educate future physician assistants with a foundation in primary care, with a focus on interprofessional healthcare and exposure to underserved and diverse populations.

Program Goals

1)  Matriculate qualified applicants who will successfully complete the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Demonstrated by:

  • Demographics of the applicants meeting all admissions criteria
  • Graduation rate at or greater than 95%
  • Attrition rate less than 5%

2)  Prepare students with a foundation in Primary Care with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function as entry-level members of the health care team in varied clinical settings and disciplines.

Demonstrated by:

  • All students will complete the didactic phase with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • All students will attain a score of 4.0/5.0 average on the Preceptor’s Evaluation of Student on each rotation
  • All students’ rotations will include underserved and diverse populations
  • Successful completion of the Summative Examination, OSCEs and Clinical Skills Examination
  • Graduation rate at or greater than 95%

3)  Engage students in interprofessional medical education that will enable them to adapt to the changing health care environment with a focus on evidence-based practice.

Demonstrated by:

  • PA students engage with USciences OT, PT, and Pharmacy students during both the didactic and clinical phases of the program to provide an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each health profession and engage in the application of those roles and responsibilities during the entire PA Program
  • PA students are required to journal additional interprofessional opportunities during each clinical rotation
  • Research courses provide the students with the knowledge to participate in evidence-based practice during the clinical phase and the Capstone project

4)  Model an interdisciplinary approach to medicine which utilizes effective oral and written communication between members of the healthcare team and patient.

Demonstrated by:

  • Oral case presentations to PA faculty and preceptors
  • Multiple OSCE presentations in both didactic and clinical phases
  • Electronic medical records

5)  Facilitate and cultivate the development of professional, moral and ethical attitudes essential to the role of a physician assistant.

Demonstrated by:

  • Courses
  • Preceptor evaluations of students
  • OSCE evaluations
  • Student self-reflection

6)  Educate students in a patient-centered environment which promotes critical thinking and medical problem-solving skills.

Demonstrated by:

  • Providing case-based scenarios/questions throughout the program
  • OSCE evaluations
  • Preceptor evaluation of critical thinking and medical problem-solving skill

7)  Prepare students for the successful completion of the PANCE.    

Demonstrated by:

  • Goal of first-time pass rate at or above the national average

Admission Contact:

Katherine Jackson, MA
Admissions and Assessment Coordinator

Office Location:

IPEX, 2nd floor

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7141

Email:

kjackson@usciences.edu

General Contact:

Angela Flowers, Administrative Coordinator

Office Location:

IPEX, 2nd floor

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7140

Email:

a.flowers@usciences.edu