Physician Assistant Program

Welcome to the Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program

Dear Physician Assistant Applicant,

 

We 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 the CASPA 2021-2022 application cycle! 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 portal site for student applications on December 1st, 2021, for the August 2022 start date for its inaugural P.A. Class! 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 PA 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 Hill, DMSc, MPA, PA-C

Chair and Program Director of the Physician Assistant Sciences Program
School of Graduate Studies and Research
Meharry Medical College

 

 

The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program anticipates matriculating its first class in August of 2023, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March, 2022 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.

Mission Statement

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The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Science Program is committed to recruiting, educating, and graduating professional Physician Assistants, who, are lifelong learners providing compassionate, high quality patient-centered care that improves the well-being of humankind. The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Science Program is dedicated to advancing social justice, improving health literacy outcomes, and decreasing health disparities through medically researched evidence. The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Science Program is devoted to increasing educational opportunities for people of color and the disadvantaged by providing opportunities to enter the Physician Assistant profession at a national level.

Vision Statement

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The Meharry Medical College (MMC) Physician Assistant Sciences Program will contribute to the mission and vision of Meharry, the School of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Physician Assistant profession nationally by:

 

  • Developing highly effective Physician Assistants through a didactic and clinical curriculum that equips our graduates to provide optimal professional patient-centered care and to adjust to collaborative and independent clinical practice roles in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

 

  • Encouraging Physician Assistant students, graduates, and faculty to strengthen PA advocacy for their profession by joining the population and public health debates nationally to address health care disparities and improve healthcare outcomes for the underserved and minority communities in which they will clinically practice.

 

  • Improving patient centered healthcare through the Physician Assistant students, graduates, and faculty by promoting the delivery of ethical and culturally competent health care services regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, or religion.

 

  • Engaging Physician Assistant students, graduates, and faculty through community and research activities, which improve patient care and health outcomes.

Our Goals

The MMC PA Sciences program’s goals are aligned with Meharry Medical College and the 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: >90% summative evaluation pass rate, >90% ultimate PANCE pass rate at 1 year, and >90% job placement rate as a PA.

 

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

 

Metrics: Admissions data, student progression and promotion data.

 

Benchmarks: Higher demographic numbers than the average matriculation of peer institutions, and national PAEA matriculation averages.

 

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

 

Metrics: ARC-PA Accreditation Standards, Annual PANCE Pass Rates, Annual PA student attrition at MMC, and Annual student and preceptor evaluations for clinical rotations.

 

Benchmarks: Provisional or Continuing Accreditation, <5% PA student attrition, Annual PA student PANCE Pass Rate 90%, Annual student and preceptor evaluations 3.5 or higher (on a Likert scale) for clinical rotations.

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

The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program anticipates matriculating its first class in August of 2023, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March, 2022 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.

Accreditation Status

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

Program Director/Chair

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

 

Associate Professor
Chair and Program Director
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Graduate Studies & Research

 

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

Medical Director

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 Graduate Studies & Research

 

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

Principal Faculty

Michelle

Michelle Drumgold, MSPH, MPAS, PA-C

 

Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Director
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Graduate Studies & Research

 

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

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Marc T. Latta, DHSc, MEM, PA-C

 

Associate Professor and Academic Education Director
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Graduate Studies and Research

 

Phone: 615.327.6341
Fax: 615.921.2933
mlatta@mmc.edu

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Donna Murray, PA-C

 

Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Graduate Studies & Research

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
Fax: (615) 321-2933

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Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C

 

Associate Professor and Associate Program Director
Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Graduate Studies and Research

 

Phone: 615.327.6341
Fax: 615.921.2933

Staff

Morgan Jefferson

Morgan Jefferson

 

Program Manager
Department of Physician Assistant Sciences
School of Graduate Studies and Research

 

Phone: (615) 327-6341
mvjefferson@mmc.edu

Thank you for your interest in
the PA Program!

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