Program Goals and Outcomes

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. 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 use 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.

Objectives:

  1. Select students through the admissions process with a solid academic background (cognitive) that will thrive in a rigorous academic curriculum.
  2. Select students through the admissions process with strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills (non-cognitive) that will contribute to a positive culture.

Outcomes:

Cognitive Markers

The UEPA Program has completed four admissions cycles. The table below is a composite of all students admitted and matriculated into the UEPA Program.

Descriptive Statistics

N Minimum Maximum Mean Std. Deviation
Admit Overall GPA 169 3.01 4.00 3.5718 .22080
Admit Prereq GPA 169 3.01 4.00 3.5260 .25172
Admit math science GPA 168 2.53 4.00 3.4236 .29550
Admit GRE 168 2.80 4.00 3.4518 .28970
Valid N (listwise) 168

The table below is a comparison of cognitive admission variables statistics over the four cohorts (by matriculation year).

Admission Status
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Admit Overall GPA
Mean 3.56 3.55 3.48 3.63 3.63
Median 3.6 3.57 3.49 3.63 3.63
Low 3.14 3.01 3.03 3.25 3.26
High 4 3.95 3.97 3.97 3.98
Prerequisite GPA
Mean 3.54 3.4 3.47 3.53 3.58
Median 3.5 3.54 3.44 3.54 3.62
Low 3.07 3.03 3.01 3.03 3.13
High 4 4 4 4 4
Math/Science GPA
Mean 3.37 3.42 3.33 3.49 3.49
Median 3.45 3.43 3.34 3.47 3.47
Low 2.53 2.72 2.8 3.1 2.98
High 4 4 4 3.95 4

The two tables below shows National comparative data from the PAEA 34th annual PA Program report.

Mdn
n M SD
Science 213 3.5 0.1 3.5
Non-science 165 3.6 0.1 3.6
CASPA biology, chemistry, physics (BCP) 169 3.5 0.2 3.5
Overall 222 3.6 0.1 3.6

Note: Zeroes were excluded

“Success” and “thrive” within a rigorous curriculum is operationalized into student GPAs (see table below) and deceleration/attrition (goal 3).

Below are descriptive statistics of end of year GPAs for all professional phase PA students. The University of Evansville requires a 3.0/4.0 overall GPA as a threshold requirement for all graduate programs. The PA Program has a mean average above 3.2 for all semesters indicating that selected students are able to be academically successful within the curriculum.

Descriptive Statistics
Mean Std. Deviation
GPA PA1 3.5747 .31850
GPA PA2 3.5030 .29144
GPA PA3 3.6621 .20717
GPA End Program 3.5717 .23050

Additionally, the current UEPA first-time PANCE pass rate is 100%.

Non-Cognitive Markers

The University of Evansville has been purposeful in heavily weighting non-cognitive markers within its admissions process. We focus on selecting students to match our program culture and possess the traits that the program believe are necessary to make great healthcare providers. The program uses a multiple mini interview (MMI) process as well as the CASPer test.

Candidate survey results from our MMI (5-point Likert scale, 5=high), demonstrated that they:

  • Liked the MMI interview process more than a traditional interview (4.25/5)
  • Felt they were more able to present strengths with this interview process (4.06/5)

Interviewer (community members) results from our MMI (5-point Likert scale, 5=strongly agree), demonstrated that they:

  • Liked the MMI interview process more than a traditional interview (4.72/5)
  • MMI is a fair assessment tool for selecting candidates for admission (4.59/5)

Below are some scores from candidates related to the CASPer test:

  • I Liked/enjoyed the CASPer Assessment (4.03/5)
  • I think the CASPer assessment helps to show a better overall picture of me (4.19/5)
  • The CASPer assessment helped me prepare for this MMI interview (4.27/5)
  • I believe that the CASPer assessment should continue to be used for future admissions (4.25/5)

“Success” and “thrive” within a rigorous curriculum is qualitatively operationalized by the program for non-cognitive markers primarily within the competencies of professional behavior and interpersonal skills.

  • No student has been dismissed from the UEPA program for any violation of professionalism
  • Clinical Preceptor evaluation scores within these two domains (mean average of 5-point Likert scale, 5=strongly agree).
    • Professional Behavior 4.73/5
    • Interpersonal Skills 4.75/5

Below is some qualitative feedback from preceptors about UEPA students within this domain:

  • Obvious ability to interact with patients and make reasonable medical conclusions. Worked well beyond required hours. Show Desire to learn as much as possible.
  • I was very impressed with the student. She has good clinical skills and a very professional and competent bearing. Her interpersonal skills with the patient's was wonderful. I would definitely consider her for a position at this clinic if I were to be asked.
  • A great student. very professional. Asks appropriate questions and able to use critical thinking skills to work through patient cases
  • She was extremely professional and was eager to learn. She is clearly ambitious and will succeed in whatever specialty/practice she chooses.

The University of Evansville (UE) Physician Assistant (PA) Program defines 17 competencies that the program defines as the minimum traits needed for an entry level physician assistant from our program. These are divided into three domains: Knowledge, Skills, and Professionalism. These competencies are a mixture of both cognitive and non-cognitive domains.

Objectives:

  1. University of Evansville Physician Assistant (UEPA) Students have a first-time pass rate on the PANCE at or above the national first-time pass rate
  2. University of Evansville Physician Assistant Students have an overall pass rate on the PANCE at or above the national overall pass rate
  3. Employer survey data of UEPA alumni report with competency domains of “satisfactory” or “advanced” at 6-month and 1-year increments
  4. Have at least 90% employment of University of Evansville PA graduates (seeking employment) at the following iterations post-graduation: 6-months and 1-year

Outcomes:

PANCE Pass Rates
UEPA Cohort First-time Pass Rate National Average First-time Rate Overall Pass Rate
2019 100% 93% 100%
2020 100% 95% 100%
Overall 100% 96% 100%

The University of Evansville has had two cohorts graduated and complete the PANCE exam. The UEPA Program has a 100% first time pass rate.

Employer survey: The results of this survey is not currently available

Objectives:

  1. Maintain an overall graduate rate above the national average
  2. Maintain an overall attrition rate below the national average
  3. Maintain an overall deceleration rate below the national average
  4. Maintain an overall dismissal rate below the national average

Outcomes:

The current comparison data for this goal is the 34th PAEA Program Survey results. It shows the following values:

  • 92.6% of each cohort graduates
  • 3.9% of each cohort decelerates
  • 1.9% of each cohort withdrawal
  • 6.6% of each cohort dismissed

The University of Evansville Physician Assistant (UEPA) Program has graduated two cohorts. Below is the current progression statistics for the entire UEPA Program.

ARC-PA Student Attrition TEMPLATE
Graduated Classes
Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 20 30 40
Entering class size 20 31 40
Graduates 19 29 38
* Attrition rate 5% 6.5% 5%
**Graduation rate 95% 93.5% 95%^

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

Comments:
The current maximum entering class size is set at 40. The overall graduation rate is 94.5% and overall attrition rate is 5.5%.
^ = Expected graduation rate (May 2021)

Graduated Classes Current Classes
Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 20 30 40 40 40
Entering class size 20 30 40 40 40
Number who took leave of absence 0 0 0 0 0
Number who decelerated 1 1 0 1 0
Number of withdrawals 0 0 0 0 0
Number of dismissals 1 1 2 0 #
Total attrition 1 1 2 0 0
Number joining class cohort who began with different cohort 0 1 0 0 1
Graduates 19 29 3
Anticipated graduates 38 40 40

The benchmark is for a UEPA attrition rate below 6.6%. This benchmark is from the PAEA 34th Program survey. The UEPA Program defines student attrition as the permanent loss of a student from the program for any reason.

As seen in the table above the current UEPA average attrition rate is 5.5% (graduate rate of 95.5%). Three of these have been academic with one for repeated professionalism issues. The current clinical year cohort (Class 2021) has had two student attrition cases (one academic and one professionalism).

Below is a descriptive table comparing multiple variables of the dismissed students against the currently active students:

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 course during their clinical year: PA 773: IPE Experience. This is time that is spent 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 (PA/PT/CRNA), Physiology (PA/PT/CRNA Programs), Medical Ethics (PA/PT Programs).

The PA Program has several curricular threads and program competencies that focus on working in collaboration with other healthcare providers and IPE to help prepare students to enter clinical practice.

Objectives:

  1. Have a minimum of six (6) Interprofessional Education (IPE) events/exposures through the UEPA curriculum.
  2. Have a minimum of two (2) IPE events/exposures per class year (PA1, PA2, PA3) during.
  3. Minimum scores of “3” on a 5-point Likert scale from the end of program student survey in all domains related to IPE and the healthcare team.

    The primary data collection for this goal is qualitative in nature, and currently through the end-of-program survey. The UEPA program has a formal IPE course in their first semester on campus. The UEPA program also has four IPE formal IPE events with the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville (IUSME) medical students. An annual event is the Homelessness Symposium that included the following professions: medical school, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, athletic training, public health, social work, occupational therapy, advanced practice nursing, and others. The students complete a joint gross anatomy course with the CRNA students. The UEPA program also shares Human Physiology with the PT and CRNA Programs. The program also has a required SCPE that is an IPE based experience.

Outcomes:

The most recent graduating UEPA cohort has had the following formal IPE events:

  • Completed PA 544 Cultural Competency and IPE course
  • Completed six (6) formal IPE events including four (4) with the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville
  • Attended two Homeless Symposiums at the University of Southern Indiana (multiple professions)
  • Shared gross anatomy course with the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville
  • Attended a lecture presented by Occupational Therapist about their role on the healthcare team
  • Shared Anatomy and physiology courses with PT, shared public health course with DPH students

On the exit survey the following question was asked and scored:

  • “I am able to Practice patient-centered care within the role of the physician assistant within a multidisciplinary health care team” (4.78/5)
  • The PA Program fostered behaviors essential for maximal effectiveness in a team situation (4.67/5)

Objectives:

The University of Evansville Physician Assistant (UEPA) Program believes in helping students appreciate that they can make a difference in their communities through volunteerism and service and that this will help foster skills that will help them “see” their patients and communities.

  1. Create opportunities for UEPA students to gain exposure to community service
  2. Through a minimum service requirement of 10 hours during the program, provide opportunities for students to gain skills to provide back to their communities

Outcomes:

The University of Evansville Physician Assistant (UEPA) Program believes in helping students appreciate that they can make a difference in their communities through volunteerism and service and that this will help foster skills that will help them “see” their patients and communities.

This is a new goal and focus for the UEPA Program so there is limited formal assessment toward the program meeting this goal. However, below is a list of community service activities that our students have participated in this year with volunteer hours at:

  1. Habitat for Humanity
  2. Tristate food bank
  3. Vanderburgh County Medical Alliance at Children’s Museum of Evansville (CMOE)
  4. “Keep Evansville Beautiful”
  5. Vanderburgh County Humane Society
  6. Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana - Job Spark
  7. “Ace Care” – free PT clinic

Office Phone:
812-488-3400

Office Email:
pa@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, 515 Bob Jones Way, Room 3001, Evansville, IN 47708