About Physician Assistant Studies
For our graduates to enhance the quality of the lives they touch and to help alleviate healthcare disparities in our nation and the world.
To develop competent clinicians within a supportive, engaging, culturally diverse environment which fosters spiritual, academic and social growth. Our graduates will become integrated into communities striving for excellence in healthcare through compassion, professionalism, and lifelong learning.
|Program Goals||Assessment Method||Benchmarks||Results|
|A) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will demonstrate the medical knowledge to effectively evaluate, treat and manage patients||PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE)||Target: Above the national average pass rate||Five year Methodist pass rate=94%, national average=94%|
|B) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will demonstrate the clinical skills necessary for practice, including effective history taking, physical exams and basic medical procedural skills||Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE)||Target: 100% pass rate||Class of 2022=100% OSCE pass rate|
|C) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will demonstrate professional communication and behavior towards their patients and other medical professionals||Preceptor evaluation of students||Target: 100% of all students score an average of > 2.5/4 by final 3 preceptors||Average score of all students = 3.88/4 and no student scored below the minimal competency set at 2.5/4|
|D) Upon graduation, Methodist PA students will gain employment in clinical practice||Graduate survey||Target: 100% of certified graduates are gainfully employed* within 6 months||93% of the Class of 2021 were employed within six months of graduation. (68% response rate)|
|E) Methodist PA program will recruit highly qualified and diverse students||CASPA application||Threshold: at least maintain class URM numbers at 15% and SDB numbers at 40%. **
Target: by 2020 to have increased each cohort’s URM and/or SDB by 5%
|Class of 2024 enrolled 33% URM and 63% SDB.|
|F) Methodist PA program will retain academically competent students throughout the program||Direct measure||Academic related attrition rates will be less than 6% per cohort||Average attrition CO 2021-CO 2023=0.8% (1 student).|
|* Includes employment, post-graduate fellowship/education or non-employment by choice
** URM = under-represented minority, SDB = socioeconomically disadvantaged background