Physician Assistant Program

Welcome to the Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program!

The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences (MMCPA) program is a rigorous, full-time, 29-month academic professional degree program that includes basic science and clinical coursework, clinical skills training and supervised clinical practice instruction leading to the Masters in Physician Assistant Sciences (MPAS) degree. Due to the rigors of the program, outside employment is highly discouraged while enrolled.

 

The development, implementation, and integration of the PA program into the rich and vibrant Meharry Medical College community truly commemorate a historical time in the expansion of medical education at this institution. The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program will strive to add to the standard of excellence in medical education that is the foundation of all Meharry Medical College programs.

 

With an inaugural class size of 30, state-of-the-art simulation lab, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) teaching platforms, and supportive community-based partners, the program is able to fulfill its intention to prepare graduates for a successful and rewarding career. Our goal is to engage, support, and prepare highly skilled PAs as primary care clinicians and public health policy advocates to the underserved communities in TN, the nation, and the world.

 

Meharry Medical College is excited to add this new chapter to its legacy of preparing healthcare providers to serve those in need.

 

The school has applied for Accreditation-Provisional with a conditional meeting scheduled for June 2019. Pending receipt of formal Accreditation-Provisional, the first PA class will start in January 2020 with an anticipated graduation of the first class in the spring of 2022.

 

Kenneth A. Mitchell, MPAS, PA-C
Founding 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 the equips our graduates to provide team-based patient centered care in a rapidly changing health care environment.
  • Educating highly capable physicians 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 PA?

In the Mid-1960’s, Physicians and Educators recognized the shortage and uneven distribution of primary care physicians to expand the delivery of quality medical care. Physician Assistant (PA) are trained in graduate medical education to provide medical care in a various medical specialties including:

  • Primary Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Subspecialties
  • Pediatric and Pediatric subspecialties
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Urology

 

PA’s practice primarily on healthcare teams under the supervision of physicians with the latitude to practice largely with autonomy. The PA profession is governed by State medical and PA boards which delegates the authority permitting flexible and customized team practice.

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 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). Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2020, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2019, 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 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.

PANCE Statement

Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant program will be fully compliant with Fair Practices regarding reporting of first-time pass rates on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). We will report the most recent five-year data for the first-time graduate performance in a timely manner, as results are released to us from the NCCPA. Because our program has not yet graduated its first cohort (expected first cohort start date of January 2020 and will graduate in May 2022), we have no data to currently report. Data is expected for reporting purposes in 2022.

Principal Faculty 

Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell, MPAS, PA-C

Founding Program Director

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Wayne Moore

Wayne Moore, M.D., FACEP

Medical Director

Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Michelle Drumgold, MSPH, MPAS, PA-C

Clinical Education Director

Kevin Billups

Kevin Billups

Urology/Internal Medicine
Surgery

Phone: 615.327.6380
Appointments: 615.963.2838
Email:kbillups@mmc.edu

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

Assistant Professor & Academic Education Instructor

Instructional Faculty 

Anthony E. Archibong

Anthony E. Archibong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Physiology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.5714
Email: aarchibong@mmc.edu

Anthony Disher

Anthony Disher, M.D.

Professor and Chairman
Radiology
School: Medicine

Office Phone: 615.327.5625
>Appointments: 615.327.6348
Email: adisher@mmc.edu

Zhongmao Guo

Zhongmao Guo, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Physiology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.6804
Email: zguo@mmc.edu

Dr. Pandu Gangula

Pandu Gangula, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Physiology, School of Medicine;
Chair
Oral Biology Research, School of Dentistry

Phone: 615.327.6511
Email: pgangula@mmc.edu

Evangeline Motley-Johnson

Evangeline Motley-Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor
Physiology, School of Medicine;
Associate Dean
School of Graduate Studies & Research

Phone: 615.327.6167
Email: emotley@mmc.edu

Subodh Nag

Subodh Nag, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Neuroscience and Pharmacology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.6130
Email: snag@mmc.edu

Maria de Fatima Lima

Maria de Fatima Lima, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

Phone: 615.327.6533
Email: mflima@mmc.edu

Donald Alcendor

Donald Alcendor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Health Disparities and HIV
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.6449
Email: dalcendor@mmc.edu

Robert Holt

Robert Holt, Ph.D.

Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.6673
Email: rholt@mmc.edu

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Etheleen McGinnis-Hill

Emeritus Faculty

Fernando Villalta

Fernando Villalta, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.6667
Email: fvillalta@mmc.edu

Regina Offodile, M.D.

Chief of Clinical Skills,
Associate Professor,
Professional and Medical Education
School: Medicine

Office Phone: 615.327.6342
Appointments: 615.327.6348
Email: roffodile@mmc.edu

Tultul Nayyar

Tultul Nayyar, PhD, MSCI
Assistant Professor and Director
Master of Health Sciences Program

Phone: 615.327.6898
Email: tnayyar@mmc.edu

Dr. LaMonica Stewart

LaMonica Stewart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.6749
Email: lstewart@mmc.edu

Christopher Keefer

Christopher J. Keefer, M.D.

Associate Professor
Pediatric Medicine
School: Medicine

Office Phone: 615.327.5903
Appointments: 615.327.6348
Email: ckeefer@mmc.edu

John T. Clark

John T. Clark, Ph.D.

Professor
Professional and Medical Education
School: Medicine

Phone: 315.327.6941
Email: jclark@mmc.edu

Hong Yang

Hong Yang, M.D.

Associate Professor
Physiology
School: Medicine

Phone: 615.327.5772
Email: hyang@mmc.edu

Staff

Will Wyatt, MA

Program Manager

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Amanda Joy Thompson 

Administrative Assistant

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