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 is expected to graduate in May 2016. At that time, data related to the following objectives will be available.

Specific objectives:

    • Program PANCE pass rate equal to or above the national average
    • Graduates will meet the published Program graduate competencies and requirements

 

2. To advance the Physician Assistant profession.

The first class (cohort) of Physician Assistant students is expected to graduate in May 2016. At that time, data related to the following objectives will be available.

Specific objectives:

•  Increase employment of PAs in the state of Missouri

•  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 a rural setting family medicine rotation as one of the required clinical rotations for the curriculum.  Two urban health clinics located in Kansas City are also utilized for clinical rotations and Practicum courses.  PA students are also required to 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 three cohorts of PA students (2014-2016), serves as evidence of admitting a student body that reflects this objective.

Average Undergraduate / Cumulative GPA* 3.61
Average Pre-Requisite GPA 3.59
Average GRE / MCAT Score 307 / 25
Average Number of Shadowing Hours** 36
Percent of Students from Missouri / Non-Missouri 66% / 34%
Number of States Non-Missouri Students Represent 3
Percent of Women v. Men 72% / 28%
Percent of Minority v. Non-Minority 12% / 88%

*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 and 2016 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 two 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.