6. Systems-Based Practice

Program Outcome 6: Systems-Based Practice

Physician assistant students must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the societal, organizational, and economic environments encompassing health care. Upon completion of the program, and acting in the capacity as an entry level PA, students will be able to:

A: Demonstrate an understanding of various medical practice and healthcare delivery systems

B: Demonstrate an understanding of health-care payment systems

C: Demonstrate the ability to provide effective, evidence-based, and patient-centered care that balances quality and cost-effectiveness.

D: Demonstrate knowledge and application of public health and preventative care practices

E: Demonstrate knowledge of national and global health care disparities and practices to reduce these disparities


Program Outcomes 6A-6E: Systems Based Practice

Benchmark: 80% or higher score on end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to system based practice by 80% or greater number of cohort students.

Outcome: Data collected from the Class of 2019 evidences 90% scored greater or equal to 80% on the end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to system based practice; while the Class of 2020 had 77% score greater or equal to 80% on system based practice questions.  While these scores are lower than expected by the program, the Class of 2020 improved scores on these same topics on the PANCE to 84% with 8 students scoring 100%.