Program Highlights

Student-Centric and Mission-Focused...

Our Program is all about the student and the patient!

Here are some of the highlights that separate our program from other programs:

  • Student-centric program with small class size
  • Student leadership involvement in program
  • Emphasis on rural primary care for the underserved
  • Evidence-based teaching and evaluation methods with emphasis on case-based & experiential learning
  • Incorporation of flipped classrooms and team-based learning (active learning!)
  • Evidence-based curriculum, modularized by organ system (course alignment so when studying for one course you are studying for other courses)
  • Robust, built-in remediation strategies
  • Clinical activities embedded throughout the didactic phase of the program
  • New state-of-the-art facilities including 10 room simulation suite with both standardized patient examination rooms and high-fidelity simulation mannequin hospital rooms
  • Dedicated state-of-the-art cadaver lab

Additionally, and based on our review of other programs, we are among the very few or only programs to offer:

  • In addition to one semester of general cadaver anatomy, an additional semester of clinical neuroantomy including cadaver lab
  • Two full semesters of training in psychiatry/behavioral medicine
  • Three semesters of physiology/pathophysiology coursework modularized by organ system coinciding with clinical medicine coursework
  • Three semesters of pharmacology/pharmacotherapy coursework modularized by organ system coinciding with clinical medicine coursework, including focused coursework on psychopharmacotherapy
  • Three semesters of training in mindfulness meditation and mindfulness practices in healthcare
  • Incorporation of standardized-patient and high-fidelity simulation activities within almost all clinical medicine/clinical skills modules
  • Experiential clinical activities beginning the first week of training at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory & Henry College
  • Along with other core rotations, all students also complete required cardiology/pulmonology rotation & hospice/palliative rotation

  How We Promote Student Learning  

Here at the Emory & Henry College Master of Physician Assistant Program, we take our jobs seriously. We promote student and faculty success and excellent patient care as our primary intentions.

  • We strive to ensure mastery of information in each and every module for each and every student.
  • Students will begin on-site clinical experiences in the first week of their program at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory &  Henry College.
  • We will employ active learning, team-based, case-based teaching strategies promoting the concretization of material and critical thinking applications. 
  • Every module includes standardized patient and/or high-fidelity mannequin encounters in addition to actual clinical encounters.
  • Our exams are PANCE-like and exam items are mapped to our instructional and learning objectives following a similar style as the PANCE blueprints.
  • With robust, built-in remediation processes and protocols - attached to every written and practical examination - we hope to identify and address weaknesses from the first exam right through graduation.
In, short, beyond our stellar experiential activities, conducted throughout all phases of the Program, we also implement mindful active learning strategies that are purposive, holistic, reflective, complex, engaging, collaborative, and case-based.

Emory, Va. Campus: P.O. Box 947, Emory, Va. 24327 (map)    276.944.4121
Marion, Va. Campus: 565 Radio Hill Rd., Marion, Va. 24354 (map)    276.944.6342 ·  276.781.7200