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Physician Assistant Studies Program Mission Statement and Goals

The mission of the Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program is to educate knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate physician assistants who provide patient care with professionalism and integrity.  The curriculum focuses on:

  • the patient as an individual
  • the global impact of the U.S Healthcare Delivery System
  • the PA role on the medical team
  • the importance of life-long learning for the PA

PA Program Goals:

  • Educate Physician Assistants to be excellent health care providers
  • Produce physician assistants who are valued members of the medical team
  • Provide academic and clinical opportunities to enrich the physician assistant education experience
  • Promote health and preventive medicine measures
  • Participate as a partner in providing the community healthcare professionals

Exhibit Professional Behavior:

  • Adhere to code of medical ethics
  • Act with respect, integrity, and compassion
  • Function as a patient advocate
  • Adhere to applicable governmental rules, regulations and statutes
  • Adhere to employer’s policies and procedures
  • Participate in professional organizations
  • Promote the Physician Assistant Profession
  • Participate in community education activities
  • Participate in continuing medical education
  • Function as a member of the medical team
  • Accept accountability for own actions and decisions
  • Manage time
  • Manage stress

Perform in-house and outpatient evaluations, pre-operative assessments:

  • Review patient’s medical records for pertinent information
  • Obtain a medical history from the patient
  • Perform daily rounds
  • Perform an accurate physical examination
  • Document accurate history and physical exam findings
  • Assess medical history
  • Assess physical exam findings to facilitate appropriate next steps
  • Formulate a therapeutic plan
  • Order and interpret diagnostic studies relative to patient care
  • Communicate findings to the physician
  • Implement physician’s instructions
  • Perform pre-operative daily rounds
  • Triage emergency patients

Assist in:

  • Gather and present pertinent data
  • Prepare specialized surgical equipment
  • Position patient
  • Perform surgical prep
  • Maintain sterile technique and universal precautions
  • Drape patient
  • Provide exposure of operative site
  • Provide retraction
  • Provide hemostasis
  • Utilize surgical equipment
  • Anticipate surgeon’s needs

Surgical Procedures:

  • Gown, scrub, and glove
  • Maintain asepsis
  • Tie surgical knots
  • Suture
  • Dissect and debride tissues
  • Utilize tissue specific handling techniques
  • Apply dressing
  • Demonstrate physical endurance
  • Adapt to changes
  • Exhibit manual dexterity
  • Perform specialty-specific advanced surgical skills
  • Perform a cutdown

Perform Patient evaluations/ assessments:

  • Review of patient record
  • Assess patient  status
  • Document in patient record
  • Implement approved therapeutic plan
  • Order and interpret diagnostic studies
  • Communicate findings to the physician and the health care team
  • Analyze and utilize medical literature

Provide Post Operative Care:

  • Evaluate the wound
  • Treat wound as indicated
  • Change dressings
  • Advance and remove drains
  • Remove sutures and staples
  • Insert and remove tubes and monitoring lines
  • Communicate with support services
  • Formulate and implement discharge planning and outpatient follow-up as indicated

Perform Bedside Procedures:

  • Perform CPR Perform First-Aid
  • Perform urinary catheterization
  • Perform venipuncture
  • Maintain, apply and remove casts
  • Apply and adjust orthopedic appliances
  • Assist in closed reductions
  • Utilize basic monitoring equipment
  • Utilize advanced monitoring equipment
  • Treat non-surgical wounds as indicated
  • Recognize and treat conditions as indicated
  • Perform ACLS and ATLS

Provide Patient/Family Education Performance:

  • Educate patient/family about medical matters or procedure
  • Educate patient/family about disease process
  • Review/reinforce physician’s communication to patient/family
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Reassure patient about procedure
  • Teach wound management
  • Instruct patient/family in home care
  • Teach patients preventive medical care
  • Instruct patient in the use of medication and their side effects
  • Refer patient to continuing health/social services

Utilize Communication Skills:

  • Describe findings/ information in a concise, consecutive manner
  • Utilize appropriate medical terminology
  • Write standard, grammatical English legibly
  • Utilize non-judgmental responses
  • Prepare oral/written presentations
  • Exchange knowledge with the patient and other medical and ancillary personnel
  • Utilize a variety of communication methods and media
  • Adapt  information to recipient’s level of understanding
  • Respond to verbal/non-verbal signals
  • Exhibit empathy
  • Recognize cultural differences and the impact on patient care

Develop Administrative and Management Skills:

  • Resolve conflicts
  • Develop and maintain departmental budget
  • Coordinate work assignments for Physician Assistants
  • Interview, hire, evaluate and discharge personnel
  • Update job descriptions
  • Monitor patient’s care for cost containment and cost effectiveness
  • Recruit schedule and attend CME programs
  • Use information technology to support patient care and patient education
  • Maintain continuous quality improvement in practice
  • Implement Total Quality Management for customer’s satisfaction
  • Apply medical information and clinical data to provide effective and efficient patient care
  • Implement marketing strategies
  • Follow third-party payment guidelines
  • Implement responsible resource management
  • Develop sources of revenue

Outcome Focus:

  • Successful performance on formative assessments that will indicate mastery of the learning goals
  • Successful completion of the PA program
  • Successful completion of the PANCE
  • Strong knowledge base and professional behaviors that meet or exceed the expected Standards of Education for Physician Assistants set forth by the ARC-PA.

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