University of Oklahoma Mission Statement
Never forget: The mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching and creativity, and service to the state and society.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as a comprehensive academic health center, is to educate students at the professional, graduate, and undergraduate levels to become highly qualified health services practitioners, educators, and research scientists; to conduct research and creative activities for the advancement of knowledge through teaching and development of skills; and to provide continuing education, public service, and clinical care of exemplary quality.
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Mission Statement
Our mission is leading health care - in education, research and patient care. Our goals are Uncompromising Quality, Exceptional Service, Innovative Education, Advancing Knowledge, and Institutional Strength. This mission is tied to our core values.
University of Oklahoma Physician Associate Program Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate (PA) Program is to train highly qualified health care providers to practice team-based medicine in a variety of medical settings.
#1 Graduate entry-level PAs with the requisite knowledge for the contemporary practice of medicine.
Effort to achieve stated goal:
Students are provided a strong foundation in the basic and clinical sciences appropriate to the delivery of quality illness prevention and disease management in a broad range of practice settings. The curriculum is based on the medical model, with students completing fifteen months of didactic study followed by fifteen months of full-time clinical rotations with physicians at rural and urban sites across the state of Oklahoma. Attainment of knowledge is determined by objective testing throughout the course of study, through demonstration of knowledge in supervised clinical environments and by successfully passing summative and national Board exams. University of Oklahoma PA Program graduates are employed in both primary and specialty care, and work with patients of all ages and backgrounds. Surveys of employing physicians indicate a high degree of satisfaction with the training of their PAs.
#2 Graduate PAs with effective interpersonal and communication skills resulting in effective information exchange with patients, their families and other health care providers.
Students are provided numerous clinical experiences that refine interpersonal skills and develop an environment of trust and empathy with patients to facilitate sharing of personal information, including cultural competencies and at-risk behaviors. Students develop high-order analytical thinking and problem solving while building and maintaining the communication skills necessary to keep a patient actively engaged and knowledgeable about their medical options. In working to meet these goals, students typically are learning in clinic with a dedicated physician or PA preceptor, thus avoiding the crowded learning environment of an academic medical center. These ideals are fostered by our faculty members who model professionalism to the students in a number of ways including service to the profession and providing service to the university and/or community.
#3 Graduate PAs with a commitment to leadership and community service that exhibit compassion to diverse patient populations.
Effort to achieve stated goal:
Leadership and service are foundational principles of our program. Students are encouraged to complete a majority of their rotations at rural sites. In this setting, more responsibility is often delegated to the PA student, allowing autonomy in clinical decision-making and hands-on opportunities to develop technical skills and training. Students are encouraged to serve the rural communities with the greatest health care needs after graduation through the Physician Manpower Training Commission Scholarship that offers students monthly stipends as incentive for rural service. Also, University of Oklahoma students are provided with interprofessional community service opportunities that include providing medical care and health education to the uninsured. Traditionally, our students have been leaders with 70% taking an active leadership role in either local, campus, state or national student organizations.
#4 Graduate PAs with the clinical and analytical skills to be life-long learners and effective healthcare advocates.
Graduates of the OU Physician Associate Program are actively engaged in policy advocacy that benefits the advancement of the PA profession and access to quality healthcare. The program faculty nurtures students and demonstrates by example the importance of life-long learning by taking leadership roles in continuing medical education endeavors. Students are taught the importance of applying the analytical skills of interpreting and incorporating scientific studies in their practice to improve patient care practices.
The educational objectives of the Physician Associate Program are to train individuals who, in collaboration with physician supervisors and other health team members, will be able to perform the following functions and tasks.
1. Demonstrate compassion for patients and their families.
2. Demonstrate rapport with colleagues and other individuals in the health professions.
3. Identify the health status of the individual and family by taking a complete history, performing a complete physical examination and initiating appropriate diagnostic and screening tests.
4. Through examination, identify a patient problem list and accompanying series of plans for management and intervention.
5. Recognize abnormal from normal findings and identify those which require a physician's expertise.
6. Assist in the clinical management and continuing care of the patient and family for acute, emergent or chronic conditions.
7. Determine the need in the management of a health problem for referral to a physician, another member of the health care team or an agency and be aware of the appropriate resource to which to refer.
8. Coordinate patient care by correlating pertinent clinical and social information.
9. Provide counseling, guidance and health instruction to the individual and family.
10. Examine the health problems of the patients as they may relate to the family structure and emerging community health problems and participate in initiating appropriate intervention through community action.
11. Demonstrate an awareness of basic biologic mechanisms and an appreciation of the scientific approach in developing new knowledge to be evidenced during his/her professional life by: incorporating new developments into his/her daily routine assuming a leadership role in interpreting developments in medical advancements to our society.
12. Meet the requirements for national certification.
13. Each individual should have acquired sufficient experience and maturity to recognize the need for self-motivated learning experiences.