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Goals and Competencies

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Goals of the Program

  • To provide comprehensive, high quality, patient and family-centered educational experience for the students.
  • To prepare and graduate students who possess strong medical knowledge and can clinically apply that knowledge to patients.
  • To train students to exhibit professionalism in the classroom, on clinical rotations and after graduation.
  • To provide each student with the tools necessary to academically succeed and graduate from the program.
  • To instill professionalism, integrity, ethics, cultural awareness, and compassion in students and faculty/ staff.
  • To establish an educational culture that embraces all aspects of diversity of patients and other health care professionals including race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic status, faith, sexual orientation and disability.
  • To create an educational atmosphere of inter-professional collaboration and community involvement within the department, college, university and community.
  • To emphasize evidence-based medicine, clinical application of medical knowledge, and strong patient and family communication skills by students and faculty.
  • To produce physician assistant students who possess the ability to practice with a supervising physician in any discipline of medicine and in any health care environment.
  • To produce graduates who will improve the access to healthcare for the residents of Arkansas by increasing the number of practicing physician assistants in the state.

Success of UAMS in Accomplishing the Goals of the PA Program

  1. To provide comprehensive, high-quality, patient and family-centered educational experience for the students.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Implementing a curriculum in which courses are comprehensive and correlate together to foster learning.
    2. Implementing patient and family centered educational experiences across the curriculum.
    3. Offering a small class size for students.
    4. Providing 10 core clinical rotations and 2 elective rotations in the clinical phase.
  2. To prepare and graduate students who possess strong medical knowledge and can clinically apply that knowledge to patients.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Providing case-based clinical reasoning courses and early patient experiences in the didactic curriculumĀ to emphasize clinical application of medical knowledge.
    2. Providing ten core clinical rotations and two elective rotations in the clinical phase.
    3. Class of 2015 — 100% Graduation rate and 92% 1st time PANCE pass rate
    4. Class of 2016 — 93% Graduation rate and 89% 1st time PANCE pass rate
  3. To train students to exhibit professionalism in the classroom, on clinical rotations and after graduation.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Demonstrating professionalism by students who are continuously evaluated for professionalism during the didactic and clinical phases of the program.
  4. To provide each student with the tools necessary to academically succeed and graduate from the program.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Class of 2015 — 100% Graduation rate
    2. Class of 2016 — 93% Graduation rate
  5. To instill professionalism, integrity, ethics, cultural awareness, and compassion in students and faculty/ staff.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Demonstrating professionalism, integrity, ethical behavior, cultural awareness, and compassion by students who are continuously evaluated for professionalism during the didactic and clinical phases of the program.
    2. Faculty and staff serving as role models for students and exhibiting professionalism, integrity, ethical behavior, cultural awareness and compassion.
  6. To establish an educational culture that embraces all aspects of diversity of patients and other health care professionals including race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic status, faith, sexual orientation and disability.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Providing two didactic courses that emphasize cultural competency.
    2. Providing clinical experiences in underserved areas.
    3. Providing service-learning experiences across the life span and working with diverse groups.
    4. Striving for diversity of faculty, staff and students.
  7. To create an educational atmosphere of inter-professional collaboration and community involvement within the department, college, university and community.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Providing inter-professional education experiences in the didactic and clinical phases of the program.
    2. Providing Service-learning experiences in the didactic phase of the program.
    3. Participating with the student-led, inter-professional 12th Street Health and Wellness Center.
  8. To emphasize evidence-based medicine, clinical application of medical knowledge, and strong patient and family communication skills by students and faculty.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Providing two courses and a Capstone Project that emphasize evidence-based medicine.
    2. Providing early patient experience in the didactic curriculum and the case-based clinical reasoning coursesĀ to emphasize clinical application of medical knowledge.
    3. Providing two courses that emphasize patient communication skills.
  9. To produce physician assistant students who possess the ability to practice with a supervising physician in any discipline of medicine and in any health care environment.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Class of 2015 — 100% Graduation rate and 100% Placement
    2. Class of 2016 — 93% Graduation rate and 100% Placement
  10. To produce graduates who will improve the access to healthcare for the residents of Arkansas by increasing the number of practicing physician assistants in the state.
    Success of Achieving Goals:

    1. Class of 2015 — 100% Graduation rate and 100% Placement
    2. Class of 2016 — 93% Graduation rate and 100% Placement