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Mission and Goals
The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program recruits, educates and mentors a diverse group of students to increase competent and compassionate health care with an emphasis on increasing access to health care in rural and medically underserved areas. The program places an importance on fostering collegial relationships between MAT students, medical students and physician assistant students early on in their career development to help serve the purpose of providing professional, flexible, team-based health care.
Our vision is to educate physician assistants to become competent clinicians who make a positive impact on their patients as well as their surrounding community.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The goals of the OSU-CHS PA Program are to:
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- Recruit from underserved and rural areas within Oklahoma to serve our mission of returning health care providers to those communities.
- Use resources similar to those utilized by the College of Osteopathic Medicine, including Operation Orange, to expand our reach into rural communities.
- Utilize GPA, GRE scores, previous health care experience and letters of recommendation as a component of the admission evaluation to ensure prospective students are adequately prepared for the academic rigor of the program.
- Institute a mentorship program comprised of graduating PAs and other professionals to promote an environment in which new PAs can both learn from their predecessors, and establish networking communities early in their careers
- Publish characteristics of each class, including gender, age, and ethnicity, in the aggregate on the PA program website.
- Develop a program with a low attrition rate.
- Calculate the program attrition annually
- Less than 5% attrition after the first three classes
- The first 3 classes will assist in developing an annual attrition rate for subsequent cohorts based on local, regional, and national trends for PA programs. We believe our outcomes will be competitive after the first cohort based on the Program’s resources, faculty, and blended curricula with the medical school.
- Compare attrition of the program regionally and nationally
- Goal of being less than the national average after 3 years
- Calculate the program attrition annually
- Develop a program that attains a first-time pass rate on the PANCE (PA National Certifying Examination) that is higher
than the national average
- Utilize certified materials as provided by the AAPA for board preparation.
- Integrate routine board review during the program curriculum
- Require board preparation questions on each rotation.
- Utilize web-based resources such as: https://www.aapa.org/learning-central/pancepanre-review-resources/
- Strategically design and sequence curriculum to allow for a comprehensive medical education
- Follow graduate employment rates
- 80% of students attaining employment less than 6 months following graduation
- Utilize the mentorship program to assist students who have not obtained employment by introducing them to potential employers
- Highlight the importance of Professionalism and Optimal Team Practice as defined by the AAPA
- Ensure success and competency in procedural abilities
- Utilize simulation training beginning in the didactic year to enable PAs to become procedurally competent prior to entering the clinical year.
- Require completion of a skill checklist during clinical training.
- Require completion of an evaluation of skills for graduation from the enhanced skills
- Require evaluation of students’ professionalism and interpersonal attributes during clinical training and with strategically designed objective structured clinical examinations.
- Students will be required to complete a minimum of two (2) clinical rotations in rural communities of Oklahoma.
- Students will be encouraged to select remaining clinical rotations in rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma.
- Students will gain exposure in a charitable clinic during their training.
- Ensure successful transition from PA education into clinical practice
- PA students will participate in an enhanced skills boot camp that emphasizes application of skills in medical knowledge, clinical reasoning, ethical dilemmas, and professionalism.
- Provide students an opportunity to present capstone projects
- Finalize their portfolio with their assigned mentor.
- Develop a program that places a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice to foster career habits that will encourage life-long learning.
- Utilize collaborations with other graduate programs within and beyond OSU CHS to develop a mechanism for capstone projects for poster presentations or publications.
- PA students will train alongside medical students and athletic training students throughout their didactic and clinical curriculum. There will be substantial overlap in course curricula which will begin to develop relationships and understanding of inter-professional team practice as early as year one.
- PA students will be exposed to biomedical sciences, health care administration, medical students, and students in the athletic training program during their classroom experience, developing interprofessional healthcare teamwork. Additionally, students will be working with doctoral level mentors to develop scholarly activities or projects.
Oklahoma State University has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Oklahoma State University anticipates matriculating its first class in July 2021, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March 2021 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when the program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepared for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of student