Mission, Values & Goals of the PA Program

Mission

The mission of the RRCC PA program is to prepare physician assistants to practice and promote empathetic, primary care-focused medicine that serves the community.

Goals

The goals of the RRCC PA program are to:

  1. Produce competent PAs

The success of the program in meeting this goal is demonstrated through:

a.    A first-time PANCE pass rate comparable to the national average based upon cohort size equivalency

 

1st time PANCE pass rate 2016

Cohort size

Failures per cohort

RRCC

94%

32

2

National data per NCCPA

96%

45 (average)

2

b.    A graduation rate of greater than 90%

  • In 2016, the RRCC graduation rate was 97%

2.    Instill and expect professionalism

The success of the program in meeting this goal is demonstrated through:

a.    Content and advising designed to teach, monitor, and promote professionalism

  • Content and assessment in program courses  
  • Advising forms evaluating professionalism
  • Preceptor evaluations assessing professionalism
  • In 2016, no student attrition occurred due to professionalism.

b.    Produce graduates with professionalism appropriate for the workplace

  • In 2016, all graduates passed required professionalism expectations.

3.    Deliver a primary care-focused curriculum

The success of the program in meeting this goal is demonstrated through:

a.    Curriculum content taught by organ system with a primary-care focus

b.    Providing clinical experiences in primary care to include family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and internal medicine

4.    Emphasize the underserved/rural practice of medicine

The success of the program in meeting this goal is demonstrated through:

a.    Delivering content and assessment that examines the challenges and opportunities in underserved/rural medical practice

  • Content in program courses- Professional Seminar and PAP 273/PAS 673

b.    Providing at least two underserved and/or rural clinical experiences per student

5.    Serve the community

The success of the program in meeting this goal is demonstrated through:

a.    Providing community service opportunities

  • Sites such as 9Health Fair, Patterson Elementary, and Edgewater Plaza wellness clinic

b.    Service to the community as a student portfolio requirement

  • Service-learning synopsis to be included in final portfolio for graduation

6.    Provide PAs for the healthcare workforce

The success of the program in meeting this goal is demonstrated through:

a.    100% of graduates entering the PA workforce within 6 months of passing the PANCE

  • In 2016, 100% of graduates seeking employment as a PA were practicing within 6 months of passing the PANCE.