Program Mission & Goals

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program is to educate highly qualified physician assistants with patient centered values who practice medicine confidently and ethically by demonstrating academic excellence and clinical competence. Our emphasis is on serving the medically underserved populations in Upstate New York.  We are seeking candidates who will assist us in fulfilling our Mission which involves serving these communities.  Preference will be given to qualified candidates who originate from these areas.

Goal 1

Provide a strong and rich curriculum that prepares the physician assistant student for the practice of medicine in medically underserved communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in eliciting a medical history.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing a physical exam.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient assessment and management.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in communication and patient education skills.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing clinical procedures.

Goal 2

Promote inquiry, analytical thinking, reasoning, and creative problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in medical decision making and problem solving utilizing evidence-based medicine.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in ordering and interpretation of diagnostic studies.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in critical review and utilization of medical literature relative to patient management.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in creating and presenting Master’s Capstone Project.

Goal 3

Promote effective interpersonal communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient communication and education.
  • Students will demonstrate effective and respectful communication skills with patients, families, colleagues, faculty, peers, and members of the health care team.
  • Students will participate in difficult conversations with patients and colleagues.

Goal 4

Promote ethical decision making.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will articulate standard of care practice and recognize their limitations.
  • Students will be able to admit mistakes and errors.
  • Students will demonstrate respect for the dignity and privacy of patients while maintaining confidentiality in the delivery of team-based care.
  • Students will demonstrate responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest.
  • Students will demonstrate accountability to patients, society, and the profession.

Goal 5

Promote practice in rural or medically underserved communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete the majority of their clinical training in rural or medically underserved communities.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of quality cost-effective health care.

Goal 6

Promote professional behavior.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate self-directed and continuous learning.
  • Students will demonstrate motivation and dedication to PA education and the profession.
  • Student will participate in community volunteer programs.

 

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