The Rush University Physician Assistant 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 mission of the Rush University 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, research and a spirit of service to the community.
PA Program Goals
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.
- Provide enhanced training opportunities to students in various areas of clinical practice.
- Prepare physician assistants who use best practice methods to plan, develop, and deliver high quality, cost-effective health care services.
- Promote research and scholarly activities as an integral part of effective medical practice.
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, to the graduating Class of 2015:
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
- Students meet all performance requirements, and demonstrate acquisition of increasing skills and knowledge as they progress through the program
- Preceptor feedback is positive regarding students’ knowledge, preparedness, and performance
- Students participate in research activities throughout the medical center
- Students engage in an average of 1025 hours of community service activities per class and volunteer in numerous Rush University student-based community service and medical mission projects
- 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
- Graduates are employed throughout the country in various professional settings and have emerging leadership roles in the profession
- Will monitor graduates performance on leadership and service activities
Goal 2 – Provide enhanced training opportunities to students in various areas of clinical practice.
Mechanism Of Assessment: Performance evaluation of the 3rd year rotation activities, review of preceptor feedback on knowledge, skills, and leadership; acquisition of new 3rd year rotations;
- Students are consistently placed in their top 3 top three choices for advanced rotations
- Increased advanced rotation options in both medicine and surgical practice
- Excellent feedback from preceptors regarding student performance on advanced rotations
- Excellent feedback from students regarding the learning opportunity and benefits of advanced rotations
- 100% of the first two graduate classes are employed in the profession, 7 are employed at Rush
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
- Students are trained by clinicians, using best practice methods, and include considerations of both quality and cost of care
- Positive feedback on preceptor evaluations during advanced rotations regarding the student’s ability to use best practice methods to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare service
- Will monitor graduates and employers on practice effectiveness and quality of care activities
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
- Student work on masters’ research projects includes submission for presentation to peer-reviewed forums
- Students have participated in research projects and presented work outside of program curriculum
- Students won the first Illinois state student challenge bowl competition, sponsored by the Illinois Academy Of Physician Assistants in May, 2013
- Students participated in the National PA Student Challenge Bowl competition in 2013, 2014, and 2015
- Will monitor graduates on research and scholarly activities