Physician Assistant Program

Welcome to the Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program

Dear Physician Assistant Applicant,

 

I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss the Physician Assistant Sciences Program at Meharry Medical College during our inaugural application cycle beginning in 2022!  We are so excited you have decided to consider Meharry Medical College.  We will be starting our inaugural P.A. Program’s first P.A. class with 25 students, it will be competitive, so please apply as early as possible for the 2022 application cycle.

 

The Physician Assistant Sciences Program at Meharry Medical College is a developing program seeking provisional accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The provisional accreditation process is rigorous however, the matriculation of our first PA class is proposed to occur in August of 2022. The Meharry Medical College P.A. Sciences Program will open its CASPA site for student applications on January 1st, 2022 for the August 2022 P.A. Program start date for its inaugural P.A. Class!

Accreditation Status

The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). 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 a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.

 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/accredited-programs/

 

You are always welcome to contact me or our faculty and admissions staff as well if you have any further questions.

 

Robert C. Hill, Jr., DMSc, MPA, BSc, PA-C 

Chair and Program Director

Mission & Vision

MMC PA Sciences Program Mission Statement

 

The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program is committed to recruiting, educating, and graduating PA’s that provide compassionate, high quality, medical care as an integral part of the healthcare team. True to the heritage of Meharry, emphasis will be placed on providing PA educational opportunities to people of color, the disadvantaged, and others regardless of race or ethnicity that are committed to increasing health care access and improving the health and well-being of minority and underserved communities.

 

MMC PA Sciences Program Vision

The MMC-PA Program will contribute to the Meharry Medical College mission and national reputation by:

  • Developing an effective and innovative generalist PA educational program that equips our graduates to provide team-based patient centered care in a rapidly changing health care environment.
  • Educating highly capable physician assistants possessing strong clinical and leadership skills. Meharry PA students and graduates will contribute to strengthening PA roles, and join in the local and national healthcare policy debate on increasing health care access and eliminating health care disparities.
  • Socializing PA students to see themselves as advocates and leaders in public health/population health issues, health policy development and the delivery of ethical and culturally competent health services.
  • Engaging in meaningful community and research activities that contribute to improvements in patient care.
  • Maintaining a commitment to diversifying the nation’s PA work force.

Our Goals

The MMC PA Sciences program’s goals are in line with the MMC School of Graduate Studies and Research strategic goals, which specifically address educational excellence to include the following.

 

  • To graduate competent Physician Assistants who will function as patient advocates and as integral members of the inter-professional team in meeting the healthcare needs of all.

 

Metrics: Summative evaluation, job placement, PANCE pass rate and employer surveys.

 

Benchmarks: 100% summative evaluation pass rate, 100% ultimate PANCE pass rate at 1 year, and 90% job placement rate as a PA.

 

  • To foster the PA Program’s commitment as well as each student’s commitment to serving and to improving the health and well-being of minority and underserved communities.

 

Metrics: Faculty and student surveys of community service learning activities; participation data in service learning projects, Graduate and alumni surveys, job placement, course surveys, and self-assessment surveys.

 

Benchmarks: Applicable survey average score of 3.5 or higher, percentage of graduates placed in Medically Underserved Area’s greater than the pre-matriculate percentage from MMC’s, percentage of graduates placed in MUA’s greater than the national average reported in NCCPA and AAPA annual reports.

 

  • To foster successful admission and matriculation for minority students in PA education.

 

Metrics: Admissions data, student progression and promotion data, PANCE pass rate data.

 

Benchmarks: Higher demographic numbers than the average matriculation of peer institutions, national PAEA matriculate averages, and equal to or greater than the American Community Survey data.

 

  • To provide comprehensive, quality education and to develop clinical competency for each Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant student this meets the accreditation standards of the ARC-PA.

 

Metrics: Accreditation statement, PANCE scores, attrition, student and preceptor evaluations, institutional support (budget, personnel and facilities), and student to faculty ratio.

 

Benchmarks: <5% attrition, PANCE >85%, budget at or above median for size/Academic Health Center, student and preceptor evaluations 3.5 or higher (likert scale).

 

  • To improve health literacy for the minority and underserved communities by developing cultural awareness of and addressing the inherent barriers to health care and compliance.

 

Metrics: Faculty and student surveys of community service learning activities; participation data in service learning projects, Graduate and alumni surveys, job placement, course surveys, and self-assessment surveys.

 

Benchmarks: Applicable survey average score of 3.5 or higher, percentage of graduates placed in Medically Underserved Area’s greater than the pre-matriculate percentage from MUA’s, percentage of graduates placed in MUA’s greater than the national average reported in NCCPA and AAPA annual reports.

What is a Physician Assistant?

A Physician Assistant (P.A.) is a medical professional who diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. A Physician Assistant undergoes thousands of hours of allopathic medical training, and P.A.s are versatile and collaborative in clinical practice. Physician Assistants practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality across the United States and abroad.  (American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2020)

 

What is a PA? Learn more about the PA profession – AAPA

Meharry Medical College will be fully compliant with all reporting standards as defined by the ARC-PA. Because our program has yet to accept or graduate our first cohort of student’s, data demonstrating our success related to our defined goals is not available. All factually and accurate data will be published as soon as available.

Accreditation Status

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/accredited-programs/

Principal Faculty 

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Robert C. Hill, Jr., DMSc, MPA, BSc, PA-C

 

Associate Professor
Chair and Program Director
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Medicine

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
Fax: (615) 321-2933
rchill@mmc.edu

Wayne Moore

Wayne Moore, M.D., FACEP

 

Associate Professor and Medical Director
Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Medicine

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
Fax: (615) 321-2933
wmoore@mmc.edu

Michelle

Michelle Drumgold, MSPH, MPAS, PA-C

 

Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Director
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Medicine

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
Fax: (615) 321-2933
mdrumgold@mmc.edu

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Carl E. King, Jr. PA-C, MBBS/MD

 

Assistant Professor  and Academic Education Instructor
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Medicine

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
Fax: (615) 321-2933
cking@mmc.edu

Staff

Will Wyatt

Will Wyatt, MA, MPH

 

Program Manager
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Medicine

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
Fax: (615) 321-2933
wwyatt@mmc.edu

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