Physician Assistant Program Competencies and Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic medical sciences.
- Integrate and apply acquired medical knowledge to the care of patients across the life span in a variety of clinical settings.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the care of patients across the lifespan.
- Differentiate between the normal and abnormal in patient presentation and diagnostic evaluation.
- Discuss the impact of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and spiritual factors that lead to health and wellness.
- Identify appropriate interventions for preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, palliative, and end-of-life care.
- Perform an accurate and thorough history and physical exam to be able to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.
- Perform basic primary care diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
- Interpret basic primary care diagnostic laboratory and radiographic tests.
- Develop differential diagnosis and treatment plans that include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.
- Critically review literature using evidence-based medicine to make practice based improvements.
- Demonstrate effective communication which results in exchange of information and collaboration with patients, families, caregivers, and other health professionals.
- Practice patient-centered care within the role of the physician assistant within a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
- Perform continuous self-assessment for the prevention of medical errors and risk management.
- Demonstrate respect, empathy, compassion, and sensitivity to a patient’s culture, race, age, gender, and socioeconomic status while addressing any health disparities that may exist.
- Exhibit professional behaviors of integrity and accountability to patients and society.
- Possess an understanding of licensure, credentialing, reimbursement, advocacy, laws, and regulations regarding medical practice.