The mission of the Misericordia University Physician Assistant program is to provide opportunities for exceptional students to acquire the highest quality cognitive education and training experience in an atmosphere of academic excellence. Graduates will achieve their maximum potential as able, caring, compassionate, competent, idealistic professionals. The program’s educational environment will promote an ethos of service, responsibility, morals and ethics, a quest for excellence, and an avid desire for self-directed lifelong learning in a spiritually enriched environment, while preparing students to apply evidence-based knowledge.
Program graduates will exhibit honesty, communication skills, dedication, self-discipline, initiative, resourcefulness, and judgment as collaborating clinical practitioners.
Program graduates will be dedicated to their patients and communities, showing respect for the dignity, worth, and rights of others.
Program graduates will serve as advocates and innovators dedicated to augmenting, complementing, and advancing the quality, accessibility, and transformation of the healthcare system.
Program Goals for the Master of Science in
Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) curriculum:
Goal 1: Prepare students to be successful health care providers, providing them with the skills to be culturally competent, compassionate, and caring providers of high quality comprehensive medical care.
a. Surveys are conducted to gather information from graduates and employers of graduates
b. During clinical rotations students have provided care to patients spanning all ages. Over 21% of these patient encounters were with minority patients
c. Students are encouraged to partake of the university wide cultural activities
d. Students are required to participate in case studies throughout their didactic education and to pass a ten station OSCE prior to graduation
Goal 2: Prepare graduates to communicate and work in inter-professional teams and to understand the roles of other team members in providing optimal patient care
a. All students participate in the NEPA-Inter-professional Education Coalition Symposium
b. Students function as part of inter-professional health care teams during all clinical rotations
c. Representatives of other healthcare professions are invited to speak to the class during Introduction to the PA Profession
Goal 3: Prepare graduates to make a significant contribution to the community they serve, advancement of the PA profession, and enhance their own professional development
a. All students become members of AAPA and PSPA upon entrance to the program as well as joining the student society (SAAAPA) – Class 2014 had two House of Delegate representatives
b. All students attend the AAPA annual conference
c. All students participate in service activities including giving educational seminars to the elderly population on a monthly basis, assisting in soup kitchens.
d. Students participate in multiple health fairs throughout the year
e. Students create multiple fundraising activities in order to generate donation funds – including care packages for Army, care packages for Haiti, food baskets for local families
Goal 4: Prepare graduates for a lifelong career of continuous self-directed learning and self-assessment
a. All students are educated on research methods and development through a dedicated research clinical rotation
b. All students join national and regional PA societies (AAPA and PSPA)
c. All students attend the national AAPA conference
d. All students are educated on the need to continue their education after graduation in order to maintain currency of medical knowledge
e. All students complete a self-assessment at the mid-point of every rotation and a self-assessment of competencies at the end of the program
Goal 5: To continue to support faculty development through PAEA programs and university workshops in order to maintain and advance teaching excellence.
a. All faculty members are members of PSPA and are able to attend monthly regional meetings – two faculty members are members PSPA committees
b. All faculty members are AAPA members and have the opportunity to attend the annual conference
c. All faculty members attend the annual PAEA conference – and two members are committee members
d. The medical director and program director are directly involved in creating a nutrition curriculum and the medical director is on the board for certification of nutrition specialists