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    Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne CollegeWelcome to the
    Purcell School of Professional Studies

    Physician Assistant Studies

    About the Program
    Graduates of Le Moyne’s Master of Science program in physician assistant studies are competent, caring and ethical primary health care providers committed to their patients and their communities. A unique focus of the Le Moyne program is on cultural competence and the delivery of health care to diverse populations. In accordance with the College’s Jesuit mission, students learn to care for patients in underserved areas from downtown Syracuse to rural Wyoming.

    Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA programs that presents medical humanities courses as an integral part of training. In conjunction with evidence-based medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning, and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate focuses on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach in order to care for the whole person.

    If you would like to learn more about the courses offered within the Physician Assistant Studies Program, please visit the Le Moyne College catalog. 

     

    Program Accreditation
    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Le Moyne College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

    Graduate performance on certification exam. 

    Goal #1: The development of a strong, broad biomedical and psychosocial knowledge base.

     

    • Preceptor evaluations measure our students’ success as they rotate through 8 clinical sites.
    • 100% of our graduates have passed competency based examinations that demonstrate that they have the skills to care for patients in primary care settings.
    • Students have 2 opportunities to take the PACKRAT examination; a standardized, clinical knowledge rating tool. 
    • Students are successful on the National Certifying examination

    • Problem Based Learning (PBL) is designed to help students understand their knowledge limitations and to fill in these gaps in a self-directed manner.
    • Service Learning connects students to the greater Syracuse community.
    • De-briefing after a high fidelity simulation case is an excellent way for the learner to evaluate their skills in a safe environment prior to entering the clinical phase of their training.
    • A professional portfolio is created during the student’s clinical training to document competencies in certain clinical skills, certifications and other materials that may be required by future employers.  All portfolios include reflections and self-evaluation assignments. 

    • A total of 198 students over the last 5 years have conducted 49 original group research projects.  Many student/faculty research teams have gone on to present these projects at State and National professional conferences.
    •  Instruction in evidence based medicine is incorporated into our research course.
    •  In Problem Based Learning students have the opportunity to sort through the medical literature to develop an appropriate evidence based treatment plan for their patient.
    • Students present to their peers and faculty in the clinical year journal club presentations.


    • The 6 credit hours of Medical Humanities coursework brings patients into the classroom to discuss their medical experiences in the community. Guest speakers from the arts, social sciences and humanities complement the student’s bio-psychosocial, spiritual education.
    • Students work one on one with faculty members on medical interviewing skills during their didactic training.
    • Service learning allows students to put into practice skills related to interpersonal communication and health literacy.
    • Students are members of State and National Physician Assistant organizations.  The Physician Assistant Student Society provides opportunities for personal and professional development. 
    • Our faculty embraces diversity and reflects dedicated, accomplished medical educators and clinicians.  The core faculty health care providers have broad experience in medicine, surgery and psychiatry and in total comprise nearly 170 years of clinical expertise.  Cooperative teamwork is role-modeled to our students.
     
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    Mary Springston

    Program Director View Bio
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    Bill Holmes

    Associate Professor View Bio
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    Rebecca Brown

    Assistant Coordinator View Bio
    Leaders in Primary Care Training

    The Department of Physician Assistant Studies was awarded the Primary Care Enhancement Initiative Grant of $1.25 million. Only 32 such grants were awarded in the United States and only five were awarded in New York.  The goal of this project is to expand the breath and depth of PA training in primary care, to improve patient access to care, and to address the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities among multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi linguistic populations. This grant will enable the Department if Physician Assistant Studies to develop academic training and financial incentives to both expand and retain the number of successful training sites and preceptors in medically underserved, rural, and primary care venues, as well as to develop a bridge program for veterans wishing to become physician assistants. 


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    The Physician Assistant Studies Program at Le Moyne College has long been a leader in professional achievement. 


    The members of the Le Moyne College Department of Physician Assistant Studies are leaders in research. 


    Members of the Physician Assistant Studies Department at Le Moyne College are leaders in social justice.
     
    Academics

    Le Moyne's physician assistant studies program is where care meets compassion. Students benefit from a strong curriculum during the first year, known as the didactic year, and outstanding clinical experiences during the second year.

    Didactic year: The didactic curriculum reflects the overarching philosophy of the entire program, is the bio-psycho-social approach to patient care. Case review and analysis sharpens clinical skills in a safe learning environment. Lectures, seminars, and discussion groups are blended with laboratory exercises and “hands-on” physical examination skills, to round out the first year experience. 

    Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA Programs that also presents Medical Humanities Courses as an integral part of training. In conjunction with Evidence-Based Medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate learns to care for the whole person. Community Service Learning moves the student from the classroom to the neighborhoods, to facilitate an even greater, deeper understanding of the human condition in the “real world.”

    Clinical year:

    Multiple sites are utilized and multiple specialties are represented. Each rotation examines the concepts of “health and wellness” in various settings, and in ways uniquely sensitive to the prevailing cultural climate. 

    The clinical curriculum is comprised of eight rotations: internal medicine and adult primary care; pediatrics; geriatrics; women’s health; surgery; emergency medicine; behavioral health; and the surgical/medical subspecialty electives.

    The 12-month clinical curriculum is comprised of eight rotations that include experiences in: internal medicine and adult primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, women's health care, surgery,emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, surgical and medical subspecialty electives, outpatient setting, inpatient setting, and long-term care setting.

    Our program prepares students to become life-long learners, and helps promote a more just society.

     

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