Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant

Program Goals & Objectives


Program Goals

1. To graduate competent Physician Assistants.

The first class (cohort) of Physician Assistant students graduated in May 2016. Data reflecting outcomes from the following objectives are listed below each objective.

Specific objectives:

    • Program PANCE pass rate equal to or above the national average
      • The first cohort (May 2016) received a 100% PANCE pass rate on their first attempt. The five year national first time pass rate average is 94%.
    • Graduates will meet the published Program graduate competencies and requirements
      • All students must pass a summative exam developed to meet graduate learning competencies at the end of the clinical year. This OSCE assesses each student’s adequate preparation for entry into clinical practice. In 2016, 100% of the cohort passed within 2 attempts. In 2017, 100% of the cohort passed on the first attempt.

 

2. To advance the Physician Assistant profession.

The first class (cohort) of Physician Assistant students graduated in May 2016. Data reflecting outcomes from the following objectives are listed below each objective.

Specific objectives:

•  Increase employment of PAs in the state of Missouri

Graduates from the first cohort (May 2016) all received full time positions post graduation. 57% of graduates (8 of 14) are practicing in the state of Missouri. Additionally, 4 graduates took positions in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

•  Prepare graduates to practice in both rural and urban underserved areas

As stated in our mission statement, we strive to educate Physician Assistants who are prepared to meet the healthcare needs of our community, which would include both rural and urban underserved areas in the state of Missouri.  To achieve this goal the UMKC MMSPA Program integrates multiple rural settings and utilizes urban health clinics located in Kansas City for clinical rotations and Practicum courses.  Additionally, PA students complete experiences at Sojourner Clinic, a student run free clinic providing outpatient care to the homeless and underprivileged population.

•  Recruit a highly qualified and diverse faculty and student body

The following data, from the first four cohorts of PA students (2014-2017), serves as evidence of admitting a student body that reflects this objective.

Average Undergraduate / Cumulative GPA* 3.64
Average Pre-Requisite GPA 3.62
Average GRE / MCAT Score 308 / 25
Average Number of Shadowing Hours** 35
Percent of Students from Missouri / Non-Missouri 68% / 32%
Number of States Non-Missouri Students Represent 4
Percent of Women v. Men 64% / 36%
Percent of Minority v. Non-Minority 15% / 85%

*The 2014 class of PA students utilized an undergraduate GPA in the admissions process, whereas a cumulative total GPA was used for succeeding classes.
**Data reflects the 2015 – 2017 classes.

•  Promote a culture of service among students and faculty

As stated in our mission statement, our graduates will advance the Physician Assistant profession through clinical excellence, service, and dedication to professional stewardship.  Students are instructed on professional stewardship early in their education with presentations from the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants introducing the responsibility of professional involvement.  Students serve the homeless and underprivileged population of Kansas City through Sojourner Clinic, a student run free health clinic.  For the past three years PA students and faculty have adopted a family through Operation Breakthrough to provide support through the holiday season.  Faculty fulfill service commitments as members of numerous Program and School of Medicine committees.  Students are encouraged and allowed opportunity to attend Local, State and National PA meetings such as the Missouri Academy Annual Meeting and the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference.