Mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
The mission of the physician assistant program is to train qualified general and advanced practice physician assistants to practice medicine with competence, professionalism and compassion driven by academic excellence in scholarship and research, and a spirit of service to the community.
The Goals of the Program Are:
To Prepare highly qualified physician assistants to take leadership roles in clinical practice, research, and service to the community and to the profession.
o Provide clinical leadership training in areas of medical practice such as internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, emergency medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine, urology and interventional radiology.
o Prepare physician assistants who use best practice methods to plan, develop, and deliver high quality, cost-effective health care services.
o Promote research and scholarly activities as an integral part of effective medical practice.
Program Performance on Goals
The Rush University Physician Assistant Studies Program uses its mission as the foundation for its goals. In turn, these goals serve as the basis upon which we assess our program’s performance.
The following is a list of the program’s goals, the mechanism of assessment used to assess the program’s achievement in attaining its goals and performance outcome data to support our program’s success at attaining its goals:
Goal 1 – Prepare highly qualified physician assistants to take leadership roles in clinical practice, research and service to the community and to the profession
Mechanism of Assessment: Evaluation of student performance in program courses and rotations, research activities and community service and professional activities
1) Students met all performance requirements, with adequate progression through all phases of the curriculum
2) Positive preceptor feedback regarding student performance
3) Students participate in research activities throughout the Medical Center
4) Students have accumulated more than 882.5 hours of community service hours in the first three years of the program and continue to participate in numerous student-based community service projects established by Rush University and the physician assistant studies program
5) Nearly all students are members of both the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants and the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and actively participate in legislative decision-making and professional promotion activities.
6) The program will monitor graduates for future professional leadership activities
Goal 2 – Provide clinical leadership training in areas of medical practice such as surgery, orthopedics, pulmonary and critical care medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, urology and interventional radiology.
Mechanism of Assessment: Performance evaluation of the third-year rotation activities, and review of preceptor feedback on knowledge, skills and leadership of others;
1) Successful placement in one of the student’s top three choices for advanced rotations for the past two years
2) Expansion of advanced rotation options
3) Excellent feedback from preceptors regarding student performance on advanced rotations
4) Excellent feedback from students regarding the learning opportunity and benefits of advanced rotations
5) 18 of the 18 graduates secured employment within three months of graduation, 8 are employed at Rush
6) The program will monitor graduates for future professional leadership activities.
Goal 3 – Prepare physician assistants who use best practice methods to plan, develop and deliver high quality, cost-effective health care services.
Mechanism of Assessment: Performance evaluation of clinical rotation feedback regarding practice methods and quality of care
1) Didactic training is based on best practice methods, including quality and cost of care considerations
2) Positive feedback on the advanced rotation preceptor evaluations regarding the student’s ability to use best practice methods to deliver high quality, cost-effective health care service
3) Will monitor graduate and employers on practice effectiveness and quality of care.
Goal 4 – Promote research and scholarly activities as an integral part of effective medical practice
Mechanism of Assessment: Evaluation of student performance in scholarly activities
1) Student work on master’s research projects includes submission for presentation to peer-reviewed forums.
2) Students have participated in research projects and presented work outside of program curriculum.
3) Our class won the first Illinois state student challenge bowl competition, sponsored by the Illinois academy of physician assistants in May, 2013.
4) Students participated in the 2013 National PA Student Challenge Bowl competition in Washington, DC, May, 2013.