Program Goals

Based on the mission and vision statements, core values and pillars, the goals of the program are:

Goal 1: To provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to become competent PAs

Program activities to support the goal:

  • Provide rigorous, systems-based didactic education with applied learning in the clinical setting that aligns with evidence-based standards of practice and UM-Flint program learning outcomes.
  • Provide didactic and clinical interprofessional education and experiences in the local Flint community.
  • Develop program procedures to exceed self-assessment requirements leading to continuous program innovation and improvement.
  • Plan for faculty development to ensure that instruction is current and occurs through evidence-based techniques.
  • Plan for clinical preceptor and site development for optimal student experience/learning.

Key Performance Indicators with targets and assessments:

  • National PA certification.

    • Target: Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass rate meets or exceeds the national mean for the first-time takers.
  • Preceptor ratings of academic preparedness of students for clinical rotations.
    • Target: average scores on Preceptor Evaluation of Student Preparedness survey reflect high satisfaction with student preparation.
  • PA graduate ratings on preparation for entry into PA practice upon graduation.
    • Target: average scores on Program Exit Survey reflect new graduate high satisfaction on preparation for entry into practice.
  • PA program assessment of the curriculum

    • Target: annual assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, further action and follow-up
  • PA Faculty ratings on availability and resources for faculty development:

    • Target: average scores on Faculty Evaluation of the Program Director survey reflect high satisfaction with the availability and resources for faculty.
  • Student evaluation of faculty and preceptors and clinical sites:
    • Target- student evaluation of faculty- CoursEval reflect high satisfaction
    • Target – student evaluation of preceptor and site reflect high satisfaction
  • Program evaluation of clinical sites

    • Target- clinical sites meet or exceeds Program requirements

Results: Data published when available

Goal 2: To establish student attitudes and professionalism consistent within the PA profession.

Program activities to support the goal:

  • Student involvement in community outreach and service learning
  • Continually emphasis and monitoring of student professional behaviors

Key Performance Indicators with targets and assessments:

  • Preceptor ratings of student attitudes and professionalism.

    • Target: average student ratings on Mid-Rotation, Site evaluation form, and End of rotation Student evaluations reflect a high degree of professional attitudes and behavior.
  • Community evaluation of PA students

    • Target: Survey post community interaction: PA students rated high in satisfaction in delivery of services and interaction
  • PA Faculty evaluation of student attitudes and professionalism
    • Target: documentation of professional behaviors of all students throughout the curriculum

Results: published when data available

Goal 3: Matriculate, retain, and graduate a diverse student body

Provide educational and training opportunities for a range of students to meet the needs of the diverse U.S. population

Program activities to support the goal:

  • Recruitment of applicants through UM-Flint public health undergraduate pipeline, HOSA involvement, and other recruitment activities to underrepresented groups in the PA Profession
  • Holistic admission process
  • Provide mentors/advisors to support all students through all phases of the program

Key Performance Indicators with targets:

  • Matriculate students whose essential attributes and unique potential to contribute to the educational experience at the PA Program.
  • Provide learning support for all students.
  • Student retention above national average.
  • On-time graduation of students above national average.

Results: published when data available

Goal 4: Prepare students for their role as leaders and advocates in the physician assistant profession

Program activities to support the goal:

  • Professional Issues course and activities delivering didactic and community based opportunities
  • Provide inter-professional education through didactic education and clinical experiences.
  • Support class officers and student leadership structure within the program

Key Performance Indicators with targets:

  • Student action as leaders in motivating others to act toward achieving a common goal.

    •  Target: 100% of students, assessed through faculty advisement of students, student exit survey, graduate survey, community evaluation of the student, preceptor evaluation of students
  • Student action as advocates in acting on behalf of, speaking in favor of supports or defends others and themselves.
    • Target: 100% of students, assessed through faculty advisement of students, student exit survey, graduate survey, community evaluation of the student, preceptor evaluation of students

Results: published when data available

Goal 5: Prepare students to meet the primary care workforce of those in the graduate local community.

Program activities to support the goal:

  • Primary care clinical rotations, including 4-week geriatric rotation
  • Didactic year Public health course, public health emphasis throughout the curriculum, and clinical year IPE course and experience in the local Flint community

Key Performance Indicators with targets:

  • Graduates that work in primary care settings

    • Target: on par or above national averages
  • Graduates that care for the health needs of communities:
    • Target: majority of UM-Flint PA Program graduates participate in community health programs, graduate survey

Results:  published when data available