Goals

Goals of the Physician Assistant Program

1.

Please see the summary of the admission demographic data.

The University of Evansville (UE) Physician Assistant (PA) Program believes that there is more to being “successful” than just good academic markers (GPAs/GRE scores). These are certainly important and a major admission variable for our program. However, “successful” also refers to those future clinicians that can communicate effectively, make a difference in their communities and fit the culture of our program. To measure these non-cognitive variables, the UE PA Program administers a Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) process that involves our community members and medical partners. We also are introducing the CASPer online screening tests as a measure of personal characteristics. More information on this can be found at takecasper.com.

The UE PA Program believes that it is a combination of academic excellence (cognitive markers) with the non-cognitive traits that makes excellent future physician assistants. Our inaugural class has not completed the entire curriculum but below are the current academic trends for our students within our curriculum:

Descriptive Statistics

N Range Maximum Mean Std. Deviation
GPA 1st sem 20 1.53 4.00 3.5330 .35031
GPA 2nd sem 20 2.33 4.00 3.2485 .52102
GPA 3rd sem 19 1.23 3.90 3.2174 .31455
Valid N (listwise) 19

2.

The University of Evansville has not graduated a class yet, thus there is limited data available at this time for this goal. However, the National first-time pass rates for the PANCE exam (graduation year) are:

  • May 2017 – Pending
  • May 2016 – 96%
  • May 2015 - 96%
  • May 2014 – 95%
  • May 2013 – 94%
  • May 2012 – 93%
  • May 2011 – 91%
  • May 2010 – 94%

3.

The National average data is from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the 31st PA Program Survey Data.

PAEA Categories National Data University of Evansville Data^
Graduation Rate 90.8% N/A
Decelerated 2.6% 5%
Withdrawal 4.5% 0%
Dismissed 2.1% 0%

4.

The University of Evansville believes in Interprofessional Education (IPE) and the physician lead, patient-centered healthcare team approach to medicine and patient care. IPE is a central focus of our curriculum and is found in several formal and informal activities within our curriculum. Formally, Students are exposed to IPE their first semester with PA 544: Cultural Competency and IPE. Within this course students have IPE “anchor” events with the Indiana University School of Medicine – Evansville medical students and UE Physical Therapy students. The PA students also participate in an annual IPE based homelessness symposium. Additionally, all students have a two week IPE clinical (SCPE) required rotation: PA 773: IPE Experience. This is a clinical rotation with another healthcare profession (non-MD/DO/PA/NP) that is a member of the medical team. Finally, there are numerous courses that are shared within the programs including (but not limited to) Gross Anatomy (Medical School, PA and PT Programs), Physiology (PA/PT Programs), Medical Ethics (PA/PT Programs), Health System and Policy (PA/Master of Public Health Program).

Informally, the UE PA Program beginning August 2018, will be houses at the new Multi-institutional Academic and Health Science Center in downtown Evansville. This new facility will house a medical school program, PA program, PT Program, OT Program and an advanced nursing program. Learners from all these medical professions will be organically together in one facility and partnering as available with courses, labs and events.

The PA Program has several curricular threads including interprofessional education to help prepare students to enter clinical practice. Goals 4-7 all are essentially focused on professionalism and how students will use their newly acquired medical knowledge and skills to practice as physician assistants on the patient-centered health care team.

5.

The University of Evansville has not matriculated a class yet, thus these data are not yet available. However, the curriculum focuses on providing students the skills to continue to learn throughout their medical career. This process is summarized at the end of the program with all students participating in a capstone course that focuses on the program competencies and applying learned skills to future practice.

The PA Program has several curricular threads including the pursuit of life-long learning to help prepare students to enter clinical practice. Goals 4-7 all are essentially focused on professionalism and how students will use the newly acquired medical knowledge and skills to practice as physician assistants on the patient-centered health care team.

6.

The University of Evansville has not matriculated a class yet, thus these data are not yet available. However, all students will have an introduction to cultural competency their first semester in the program.

The PA Program has several curricular threads including the cultural competency and ethics to help prepare students to enter clinical practice. Goals 4-7 all are essentially focused on professionalism and how students will use the newly acquired medical knowledge and skills to practice as physician assistants on the patient-centered health care team.

7.

The PA Program has several curricular threads including civic responsibility, professional and community involvement to help prepare students to enter clinical practice. Goals 4-7 all are essentially focused on professionalism and how students will use the newly acquired medical knowledge and skills to practice as physician assistants on the patient-centered health care team.

The PA faculty strive to be a positive role-model for students in demonstrating civic responsibility with professional and community involvement.

Dr. Michael S. Roscoe PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

  • President elect of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA)
  • Member of Leadership Mission Advancement Commission (MAC) with PAEA
  • Program Directors 101 Workshop facilitator with PAEA
  • LTC in the Indiana National Guard with two combat tours (Afghanistan 2004-2005, Iraq 2008-2009)
  • Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Daniels
  • Paragon Award for Publishing
  • PA of the Year (2005) - IAPA
  • NCCPA test exam writer for the Emergency Medicine CAQ
  • NCCPA Emergency Medicine Standards Committee Member
  • Peer reviewer for Clinical Reviews and the Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Published 18 articles in journals
  • Presented 7 CME lectures at State/National conferences
  • Presented 4 research posters at National and International conferences
  • Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA
  • Faculty Commencement Speaker 2012, Butler University

Gina Topper, MPAS, PA-C

  • University of Southern Indiana Society for Arts and Humanities board member 2009-2014
  • Advisory Board for Deaconess Hospice House 2015-present
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Board member 2015-present
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Partners Board Member 2010-2012
  • SANE training 2007
  • ACLS instructor 2016

Dr. Andrew J. Lampkins, Pharm.D., R.Ph., Ph.D.

  • Published 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presented 42 posters in National/Regional conferences
  • Mentored 49 undergraduate and graduate/professional students in drug discovery research
  • Delivered 8 invited lectures on drug discovery and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Deaconess/EVSC Health Science Institute invited participant/instructor, 2014-present
  • Mentor, EVSC Medical Professions Academy, 2014-present
  • Faculty Representative for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program, 2013-present
  • Distinguished Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2015-present
  • Member, American Chemical Society, 1999-present
  • Peer Reviewer for Organic Letters and the Journal of Organic Chemistry

Office Phone:
812-488-3400

Office E-mail:
bc185@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 311, Wallace Graves Hall