Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Science is preparing to launch in 2017 a unique physician assistant program that school officials believe will be known eventually as one of the best in the country.
The program, which is now receiving applications, will go well beyond that of other such programs in part because of its strong emphasis on hands-on experiences. ”We fully expect our training to produce some of the best-trained, best-prepared and most experienced, well rounded and patient-centered physician assistants in the world,” said Dr. Scott Richards, director of the E&H Physician Assistant (PA) Program.
Students wishing to apply for the program may do so through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), which is administered through the Physician Assistant Education Association.
Above and beyond a standard curriculum, the program will include three semesters of training in mindfulness practices, a minimum of two semesters training in psychiatric and behavioral medicine, and clinical rotation in rural primary care, hospice and palliative care, and cardiology and pulmonology.
The program also emphasizes evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, including active team-based learning with flipped classrooms, regular standardized patient and high fidelity simulation activities built into each module of the curriculum, and built-in remediation opportunities.
Not only do we expect to have some of the best trained PAs in the nation, but we also expect to have some of the most content students.Dr. Scott Richards,
Director of the E&H Physician Assistant (PA) Program
In addition, students will begin their clinical experiences during their first week of the program at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic, which delivers health care services to low-income and uninsured residents in Smyth, Grayson and Washington counties in Virginia.
A wide range of practical experience is provided to students through affiliation agreements with numerous other health care organizations, all within a 50-mile range of the E&H School of Health Sciences (SHS).
Emory & Henry College has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Emory & Henry College anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2017, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting.
Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new Physician Assistant (PA) program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards.
The Program will not commence in May 2017 in the event that provisional accreditation is not received. Learn more about our Accreditation Status