Program Mission & Goals

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program is to educate highly qualified physician assistants with patient centered values who practice medicine confidently and ethically by demonstrating academic excellence and clinical competence. Our emphasis is on serving the medically underserved populations in Upstate New York.  We are seeking candidates who will assist us in fulfilling our Mission which involves serving these communities.  Preference will be given to qualified candidates who originate from these areas.

Goal 1

Successfully educate competent and compassionate health care providers who work collaboratively with physicians to educate, evaluate and treat members of their community

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in eliciting a medical history
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing a physical exam
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient assessment and management
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient education skills
  • Graduates are delivering health care to medically underserved populations

Goal 2

Provide  a strong and rich didactic curriculum that prepares the physician assistant student for the clinical practice of medicine

Learning Outcomes

  • Students learning was enhanced by didactic curriculum
  • Students will demonstrate competence in medical decision making and problem solving
  • Students will demonstrate competency in ordering and interpretation of diagnostic studies
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing clinical procedures
  • Employers will report graduate as competent in medical decision making and problem solving

Goal 3

Provide clinically relevant preceptorships that offer physician assistant students the opportunity to practice medicine in a supervised setting

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in eliciting a medical history
  • Students will demonstrate competency in performing a physical exam
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient assessment and management
  • Students will demonstrate competency in patient education skills

Goal 4

Promote critical interpretation of applied professional research as well as utilization of evidence based medical literature to formulate patient management plans

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competence in critical review of medical literature
  • Students will demonstrate competence in utilization of medical literature relative to patient management
  • Students will demonstrate competency in creating and presenting Master’s Capstone Project

Goal 5

Foster a commitment to continuous learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate self-directed learning during didactic and clinical years
  • Students will demonstrate self-motivation and dedication to PA education and profession

Goal 6

Encourage and provide community service to further exemplify the integral role that physician assistants demonstrate in the health care setting

Learning Outcomes

  • Students arrange and participate in community volunteer programs