In the design of the curriculum and clinical experiences it is the goal of the Physician Assistant Institute:
- To develop self motivated and high quality graduates committed to self discovery and self assessment through the application and evaluation of clinical practice obtained through critical evaluation of the medical literature.
Each member of the Class of 2013 about to graduate completed their Clinical Research Projects on time. This project required them to be self motivated produce a Clinical Review Paper through an evaluation of the current literature, of sufficient quality and quantity and essentially become expert in a topic. Topics presented include Nutritional Education; Barriers to Caring for the Transgender patient; Post Myocardial Infarction Depression. The Class of 2014 is current preparing their proposals for the Clinical Review Project.
- To develop highly competent Physician Assistants evidenced by the ability to transfer knowledge from the classroom and clerkship experience to graduate clinical performance through:
- Successfully passing the National Certifying examination
Our first class is preparing for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination ( PANCE). Scores after completion will be available on this site. All student of the Physician Assistant Institute are required to maintain a 3.0 to graduate. Seven students of the graduating class of 2013 will graduate Summa Cum Laude and have been nominated to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and three student to Pi Alpha the Physician Assistant National Honor Society.
- Acquisition and application of the basic and clinical sciences
The Class of 2013 is completing their last clinical rotation and the Class of 2014 has begun the Supervised Clinical Phase of their education. The Class of 2013 did well during the clinical phase of the program. Preceptor Assessment ranged from 6.62(very good) to 7.87 out of a possible 9. A score between 7 and 9 is in the outstanding range. Students scored in the outstanding range in the ability to document, clinical procedures, relating to patients and colleagues, reliability, dependability and professionalism. Scores for areas such as physical examination, knowledge of diagnostics, assessment and patient management were in the higher end of the “Very Good” range.
- Understanding the diversity amongst patients, ideas, perceptions of care, and culture while respecting the values associated with their ethnicity, sexual orientation and background.
Students of the program essentially give back to our community through volunteer activities with organizations such as Americares, KEEP, the National Kidney Foundation and have established a relationship with the Mercy Learning Center to create a Health Literacy program and student run clinic.
- Developing an appreciation for patient preferences and the diversity of the treatments and healers they seek.
Students of the program participate in an Integrative Medicine Coursewhere they are educated about the various Healthcare providers that patients’ seek. Our goal is to educate the student so they will better appreciate the importance of supporting the patient in their choices. As part of their experience, students choose an encounter with a practitioner be it Acupuncture, Naturopath or Chiropractor to dispel the misunderstandings and misrepresentations that often surrounds the non-allopathic care provider. Students have found value in understanding what other providers offer patients in their care.
- The ability to implement effective communication skills to colleagues, patients and families they encounter to improve patient care and outcome.
Preceptor Assessments in the area the written record relating to patients and colleagues and the ability to provide patient education were rated in the outstanding range.
- To develop a solid professional value system, committed to life-long learning, professional development and advocacy for the profession.
Preceptor Assessment again rated students of the Class of 2013 in the Outstanding range in the Knowledge of the role of the Physician Assistant.
It is the intention of the University of Bridgeport, Faculty of Health Science and the Physician Assistant Institute to endeavor to communicate these goals through our teaching, role modeling and clinical practice.