PA Program Educational Objectives
PA Program Educational Program Objectives
General Competency Areas: Patient Care (PC), Medical Knowledge (MK), Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI), Interpersonal and Communication Skills (ICS), Professionalism (P), Systems-Based Practice (SBP)
The student will demonstrate medical care including preventative, emergent, acute, and chronic patient encounters across the lifespan:
Patient Care –
PC 1– The ability to obtain record and present an accurate medical history.
PC 2– The ability to perform, record, and present a thorough physical examination including organ system specific examinations as indicated by patient presentation.
PC 3– The ability to formulate a problem list and differential diagnosis based upon historical information, physical examinations and laboratory and diagnostic studies.
PC 4– The ability to formulate and implement an appropriate management plan.
PC 5– The ability to perform routine technical procedures safely and effectively.
PC 6– The ability to identify the appropriate site of care for presenting conditions, including emergent cases and those requiring referral or admission.
PC 7– The ability to select the appropriate initial and subsequent lab and diagnostic studies and interpret the results.
PC 8– The ability to reason deductively in solving clinical problems.
PC 9– An awareness of health promotion and disease prevention by providing appropriate counseling, patient and family education, related to preventable diseases, communicable diseases, immunization schedules and healthy lifestyles.
Medical Knowledge –
MK 1– The ability to apply knowledge of the normal structure, function and behavior of the body (as an intact organism) and each of its major organ systems to the diagnosis and management of specific medical conditions.
MK 2– The ability to select and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests, which may include identifying appropriate methods to detect conditions in an asymptomatic patient.
MK 3– Knowledge of the pathology and pathophysiology of the body and its major organ systems that are seen in various diseases and conditions.
MK 4– An understanding of the principles of pharmacology and therapeutics including indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions and adverse reactions.
Practice Based Learning and Improvement –
PBLI 1– The ability to use information and medical evidence to improve quality of practice and recognize medical errors.
PBLI 2– The ability to locate, appraise, integrate and apply evidence from scientific studies/medical literature to their patient’s health and care.
PBLI 3– The ability to explain biomedical information treatment choices to patients and families of various educational and social backgrounds.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills –
ICS 1– Knowledge of various cultures and belief systems and the ability to communicate with patients of diverse backgrounds to provide culturally sensitive health care.
ICS 2– The ability to work effectively with others as a member of a health care team or other professional group.
ICS 3– The ability to establish and sustain a therapeutic, confidential and ethically sound relationship with patients and families.
ICS 4– An understanding of and the ability to apply the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice to ethical decision making.
ICS 5– The ability to provide compassionate treatment of patients, and respect for their privacy, confidentiality, and dignity.
ICS 6– The ability to apply principles of human behavior to understanding patient responses and interactions.
ICS 7– The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
P 1– Honesty, integrity and respect in all interactions with patients, families, colleagues and others with whom Physician Assistants interact with during their professional lives.
P 2– An understanding of, and respect for, the roles of other health care professionals, and of the need to collaborate with others in caring for individual patients and in promoting the health of defined populations.
P 3– The ability to provide culturally appropriate care in a community setting.
P 4– An understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, as well as the appropriate role of the Physician Assistant to include not exceeding one’s knowledge and scope of practice.
P 5– Responsibility for personal actions during educational experiences and professional duties while maintaining a commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development, abiding by all applicable MMC professionalism policies.
P 6– Professional responsibility as a student by arriving on time to all scheduled events, submitting all assignments on time and maintaining a professional demeanor and appearance.
Systems-Based Practice –
SBP 1– An understanding of funding sources and payment systems that provide health care coverage such that they can practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care.
SBP 2– A knowledge of quality patient care practices that assist patients in dealing with system complexities.
SBP 3– Utilization of information technology to support patient care and education with application of medical information and clinical data systems to provide more effective, efficient patient care.