The Samuel Merritt University Master of Physician Assistant Program announced that it has received a $1.23 million grant to support the increased enrollment of PA students who intend to practice in primary care from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA/HHS).
The HRSA grant will be used to support underserved communities in Northern California and Hawaii by providing $22,000 for each of two years to PA students from 13 health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) who intend to provide primary care in these communities following graduation. The didactic portion of the education will be provided in Oakland, California with all required clinical rotations to occur in the targeted CA and HI HPSAs. The grant award is one of 28 Expansion of Physician Assistant Training (EPAT) grants awarded on a competitive basis to physician assistant education programs throughout the U.S. Funded at $30.1 million, the EPAT grants are intended to educate 700 additional PAs to practice in primary care medicine.