Goals and Objectives/Competencies:
The goals and learning objectives/competencies of the program are taken from the "Expected Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession"
The goals and learning objectives/competencies are as follows:
- To prepare physician assistant students with the core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences, and with the ability to apply this knowledge effectively and appropriately to patient care.
- Students will be able to recall etiologies, risk factors, underlying pathologic processes, and epidemiology for medical conditions.
- Students will be able to identify signs and symptoms of common medical conditions.
- Students will be able to differentiate between the normal and the abnormal in anatomical, physiological, and laboratory findings and in other diagnostic data.
- Students will be able to collaborate with the health care team in developing and implementing management and treatment plans for general medical and surgical conditions.
- Students will be able to recall the indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions and adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents and other relevant treatment modalities.
- Students will be able to identify appropriate interventions for the prevention of conditions.
- To promote in students an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
- Students will be able to elicit a detailed and accurate medical history and perform a complete physical examination.
- Students will be able to analyze a chief complaint and to perform a focused physical exam.
- Students will be able to select and interpret appropriate diagnostic or lab studies.
- Students will be able to formulate a differential diagnosis, using history and physical findings and diagnostic studies.
- Students will be able to make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, current scientific evidence, and clinical judgment.
- Students will be able to collaborate with others to solve health care problems.
- To develop in students interpersonal and communication skills that will enhance effective communication exchange with patients, their families, physicians, and other members of the health care team.
- Students will be able to use effective listening, nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills to elicit and provide information.
- Students will be able to communicate and work effectively with supervising physicians and other professionals as a member of a health care team.
- Students will be able to accurately and adequately document and record information regarding the care process for medical, legal, quality assurance and financial purposes.
- Students will be able to apply an understanding of human behavior across the lifespan in their interactions with patients.
- Students will be able to provide patient education and counseling regarding physical and mental health, health promotion and disease prevention, normal growth and development, and family planning.
- To foster an attitude of professionalism and positive values such as responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to diverse patient populations and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
- Students will be able to work effectively with physicians and other health care professionals to provide patient-centered care.
- Students will be able to recall the legal and regulatory requirements, as well as the appropriate role of the physician assistant.
- Students will be able to recall and apply the ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent, and business practices.
- Students will be able to provide care with sensitivity to patients' culture, age, gender, and disabilities.
- Students will be able to recognize the impact of socioeconomic and ethnic diversity on the availability and delivery of health care.
- Students will be able to understand their limitations and know when to make appropriate referrals.
- Students will be able to recognize the responsibility to serve the needs of the community and to provide health care services in medically-underserved areas.
- To provide students with the tools to become lifelong learners.
- Students will be able to apply information technology to manage information, access on-line medical information, and support their own lifelong education.
- Students will be able to apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies.
- Students will be able to locate and appraise medical studies, and integrate evidence from medical studies to patient management.
- To produce graduates with the requisite medical knowledge and competencies to pass the national certification examination and successfully compete in the metropolitan-area job market.