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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 didactic and clinical curriculum (including clinical rotation experiences) that prepares the physician assistant student for the practice of medicine.

Program Outcomes

  • 96% of our graduates have passed the PANCE on the first attempt in the past 5 years.
  • In the annual exit survey,  > 95% of graduates in the Class of 2018 rated their overall preparation for entry into clinical practice as Good or Very Good.
  • The percentage of graduates in the Class of 2018 employed in the following disciplines include:
    • Primary Care* – 31.5%
    • Emergency Medicine / Urgent care – 22.8%
    • General Surgery – 14.3%
    • Sub-specialty Medicine ** – 11.4%
    • Sub-specialty Surgery *** – 11.4%
    • Psychiatry – 2.8% 

      * Primary care includes Family Medicine, General  Internal  Medicine, General Pediatrics, & OB/GYN
      ** Sub-specialty medicine includes Cardiology, GI and Pulmonary Medicine
      *** Sub-specialty surgery includes Cardiothoracic Surgery, ENT & Orthopedics

Goal 2

Maintain program accreditation to assure program curriculum includes current standard of care and is aligned with that of professional practice.

Program Outcomes

  • Program was granted  Accreditation- Continued  in September 2016 with next review scheduled in 2026.
  • > 95% of preceptors for the Class of 2018 rated overall student preparation for clinical rotations  as Good or Very Good.

Goal 3

Recruit qualified program matriculates and faculty from a variety of backgrounds.

Program Outcomes

  • For the graduating Classes of 2014 – 2018:
    • 14.0% of matriculates self identified as under-represented minority ethnicity  which included the following race / ethnicities:
      • African-American – 4.7%
      • Hispanic – 2.8%
      • Asian – 4.7%
      • Biracial – 1.8%
    • 24.0% of matriculates originated from rural communities.
  • The percentage of under-represented minorities in the Class of 2018 included:
    • African-American – 2.9%
    • Asian – 8.6%
  • 16.6% of program faculty are  under-represented minority ethnicity.

Goal 4

Promote practice in primary care. Primary care includes Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, and OB/GYN.

Program Outcomes

  • For the graduating Classes of 2014 - 2018, 25.7% of graduates entered primary care after program graduation.
  • The percentage of graduates in the Class of 2018 employed in the each of the above disciplines include:
    • Family Medicine – 8.6%
    • General Internal Medicine – 14.3%
    • General Pediatrics – 2.9%
    • OB/GYN – 5.7%

Goal 5

Promote practice in rural communities.

Program Outcomes

  • For the graduating Classes of 2014 – 2018:
    • 25.1% of graduates practice in rural communities
    • 56.1% of graduates who originated from rural communities returned home to practice in those rural communities

 

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