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

Descriptive Statistics table
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

Admission Status table
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

Mdn table
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

Descriptive Statistics table
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. Have at least 90% of all preceptor evaluations for students during the clinical phase indicate the student is prepared for entry level practice.

Outcomes

PANCE Pass Rates

PANCE Pass Rates table
UEPA Cohort First-time Pass Rate National Average First-time Rate Overall Pass Rate
2019 100% 93% 100%
2020 100% 95% 100%
2021 89% 93% 100%

The University of Evansville has had three cohorts graduate and complete the PANCE exam. The UEPA Program has a 100% overall pass rate.

At the completion of each clinical rotation, the preceptor is asked to evaluate the student on their performance. One of the questions asks “Do you believe this student meets expectations for entry level clinical practice?” The following chart displays the number of evaluations that indicated “yes”.

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 table TEMPLATE

ARC-PA Student Attrition table
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)

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.

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. Every didactic phase student participates in a college wide interprofessional education event.
  2. All students successfully complete PA 544 Cultural Competency and IPE.
  3. Minimum score of “3” on 5-point Likert scale for all domains related to IPE and collaborative practice on the student exit survey.

Outcomes:

  • 100% of students successfully completed PA-544 Cultural Competency and Interprofessional Education.
  • The following chart shows the average score on the student exit survey for the domains related to interprofessional education and collaborative practice:
    Average student exit survey scores
    Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
    I am able to practice patient-centered care within the role of the physician assistant within a multidisciplinary health care team. 4.78 4.80 4.71
    I am able to effectively collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to formulate a comprehensive and collaborative treatment plan. 4.78 4.71 4.60
    The PA Program fostered behaviors essential for maximal effectiveness in a team situation. 4.67 4.79 4.57

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