Our mission is to attract the best talent in the region from diverse backgrounds and equip them with the capability to provide excellent patient care to the varied populations in Oklahoma and the region.
Physician Associate Program Goals
In order to realize our mission, we use the following goals to guide our efforts: #1. Our admissions strategy matriculates diverse students reflective of the demographics from the region.
How are we doing? Our holistic admissions strategy has resulted in matriculating students with academic demographics that meet or exceed the national averages as depicted in the table below. The program initiated the utilization of the CASPA application service this year and more detailed admissions data will be available starting with the Class of 2018 moving forward.
#2. Our educational experiences are designed to reflect the diverse healthcare needs of the region.
How are we doing? Both our pre-clinical and clinical curriculum include emphasis on the top ten diagnoses/causes of death in the state of Oklahoma: cardiovascular disease, cancer, CVA, COPD, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, Alzheimer’s disease, suicide and accidental trauma. All topics are covered in the pre-clinical environment in lecture format and student rotation logs are reviewed to ensure that students have clinical exposure to the diseases listed. Additionally, two (2) of the required clinic rotations must occur in rural settings reflective of our region.
#3. Students develop the critical thinking skills that promote life-long learning.
How are we doing? Multiple learning experiences are infused into the didactic and clinical curriculum that allow the student to progress their critical thinking skills. 100% of students in the class of 2014 and 2015 passed their Literature Review course. Preceptor evaluations for the Class of 2014 revealed that 93% of students were rated as above average/exceptional in the critical thinking skills domain.
#4. Student selection, curriculum, and faculty-student engagement socializes students in the behaviors and knowledge necessary to promote professionalism and interdisciplinary healthcare delivery.
How are we doing? Professionalism and team skills training is infused across the curriculum. Students participate in OSCE events where they receive feedback from standardized patients on their professional abilities. Course work includes multiple healthcare providers and professionals demonstrating their role within the system. Preceptor evaluations for the Class of 2014 team showed 94.8% students were rated as above average/exceptional. The Class of 2013 post-graduate survey were asked to report if they felt they were well trained for the Physician-PA Team model: 68% reported a good to excellent rating.
#5. We prepare and promote students to deliver healthcare to under-served populations and locations with a commitment to community participation.
How are we doing? Delivery of healthcare to underserved populations begins training in the didactic curriculum through the community volunteer service requirement. 100% of students participate in the care of special and underserved populations during this time. The Class of 2013 post-graduate survey revealed that 29% of our students work in rural areas and 41% in primary care. Of those students who had accepted employment in the Class of 2015, 36% plan to practice in primary care- above the national average of 32% and 75% of those will be serving in rural or urban areas.
#6. Our faculty, staff, guest instructors, and students, are committed to demonstrating the appropriate behaviors in our interactions with peers, colleagues, and the community.
How are we doing? Professionalism training and evaluation is infused throughout the curriculum. One point of evaluation includes the preceptor evaluation of student’s professionalism while on rotation. The Class of 2014 professionalism review by preceptors show that 95% of students were rated as above average/exceptional.
Students, through their participation in the annual learning environment survey, report that their classmates are professional (91% positive response) and their faculty are professional (91% positive response).
Additional Performance Indicators:
PANCE Pass Rate: (Click Here)
5 year first time taker pass rate for the OUHSC Program: 99%
5 year first time taker pass rate for the national average: 94%
Class of 2013= 95% graduation rate
Class of 2014= 96% graduation rate
Class of 2015= 94% graduation rate
Class of 2013- 100% of surveyed graduates had employment within 6 months of graduation (82% within 3 months)
Class of 2014- 49% of surveyed students had accepted positions before graduation and on average had 2.5 job offers before graduation.
Class of 2015- 63% of surveyed students had accepted positions before graduation and on average had 2.3 job offers before graduation.
Class of 2013= Graduated in 2013
Class of 2014= Graduated in 2014
Class of 2015= Graduated in 2015
Class of 2016=Will graduate in 2016
Class of 2017= Will graduate in 2017
Class of 2018= Will graduate in 2018
*** New Mission Statement and Program Goals adopted May of 2015.