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Physician Assistant Department Goals

Program Goals Measures of Success

1. To educate highly skilled, knowledgeable Physician Assistants who contribute to the provision of high quality health care to all individuals in a wide variety of clinical settings.

PANCE results
Preceptor Evaluations
Alumni Data on settings

NCCPA Pass Rate Summary Report

Success in Achieving Goal:

PANCE FIRST TIME - Program History


Graduation Year

SMU - First time pass rate (%)

National Average (%)

2001

96

92

2002

100

90

2003

100

89

2004

100

90

2005

97

91

2006

93

92

2007

100

93

2008

97

94

2009

100

92

2010

100

94

AVERAGE

98.3%

92.3%

Average PANCE results of SMU graduates vs national averages in each reported category:

 

Summary Clinical Preceptor Evaluations of the Class of 2010:

Category Rating Mean 1-5/Percent score
1 2 3 4 5

Clinical Competency

0

0

138

649

868

4.44/88.80

Critical Thinking

0

1

113

534

676

4.42/88.50

Personal/Professional Attributes

0

2

40

329

1615

4.79/95.80

2. To provide rigorous didactic and clinical education in the basic and behavioral sciences and medical disciplines necessary to produce excellent clinicians.

Breakdown of instructional faculty credentials

Success in Achieving Goal:

In the 2009/2010 academic year, the SMU PA Department used 82 different instructors during the didactic phase of the program. These faculty demonstrate significant breadth of academic and experiential preparation. More than 85% of the faculty providing instruction during the didactic phase hold either PA (52.4%) or MD (32.9%) degrees. Another 10.9% hold PhD's in disciplines related to their teaching. Nearly 15 per cent (14.6%) of instructional faculty hold other degrees including DPM, PharmD, CNM, OT and FNP. Faculty holding multiple degrees account for percentages in excess of 100%.

Please see program curriculum for more detail.

3. To enhance appreciation for social and cultural effects on the delivery of health care through exposure to a wide variety of clinical settings reflecting the diversity of patients and the communities in which they reside.

Breakdown of clinical rotation settings Add graph of areas in which rotations occur - including international
EPAT grant

Success in Achieving Goal:

Training in wide variety of clinical settings

Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Grant (EPAT)

In 2010, the SMU PA Department was awarded $1.23 Million to expand PA training in an effort to place qualified graduates in primary care settings in underserved areas. This grant funds the creation of a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) track in our current program specifically for candidates from the State of Hawaii or one of the HPSA designated counties in Northern California. As a result of this award, we will train an additional 28 Physician Assistants over the next 5 years, each dedicated to the practice of primary care in one of these target areas after graduation.

4. To equip students with an understanding of health policies and delivery systems to promote their participation as health care leaders in identifying solutions to community and professional endeavors.

Co-curricular programming in Diveristy, policy; Davis St, Kerry's Kids. Panama
Health Policy Course

Please see the online SMU catalog for details about our Health Policy Course which addresses this goal.

Over the last three years, the SMU PA Department has enhanced our presence in the community and the exposure of PA students to different means of delivering care to diverse populations. In this way, we expose students to the issues faced in attempting to deliver health care to those in need and those of diverse backgrounds and promote consideration and discussion of potential solutions to the health care crisis.

Currently SMU PA students participate in a local organization, Kerry's Kids, providing health care to the pediatric population in the homeless shelters of Berkeley and Oakland.

Samuel Merritt University runs a faculty practice at the Davis Street Primary Care Clinic in San Leandro California. At DSPCC, SMU students work in an interprofessional environment providing care to uninsured members of our local community. Currently PA students shadow during two 4-hour sessions each week throughout their didactic phase. This experience provides PA students with the opportunity to see real world applications of the concepts discussed during the didactic phase of the program and is an important adjunct to our didactic course work.

Finally, Samuel Merritt students are actively engaged in community service and medical mission work. In 2011, we will take our 4th and 5th trips to rural western Panama to deliver care with Global Brigades. PA students will join interprofessional teams from across campus to provide care over 3 days of medical brigades. In addition, we will work with physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists and other representatives of the Panamanian Ministry of Health who will provide a significant exposure to the health care apparatus in this developing central American country.

5. Educating students in the current information exchange systems and their associated technologies to enhance their productivity as students and professionals.

SMILE
EMR for future
PACS training - Radiology

Coming soon...

6. To support and encourage service to the profession and leadership activities through involvement in Physician Assistant professional organizations

CAPA, AAPA, SEMPA, Campus committees

Coming soon...