Mission

The Physician Assistant Department is dedicated to educating competent, caring Physician Assistants to practice primary care medicine in all areas of society.    

VISION

WMU will prepare the highest quality Physician Assistants to practice medicine within the changing healthcare environment of 21st. century.

PHILOSOPHY

The aim of the program is to facilitate the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities of future trends in health care delivery. The focus is on "higher order learning" to prepare the physician assistant student for critical thinking, ethical decision-making and the synthesis and judgment of problems, based on the bio-psycho-social model. The PA student will be insightful and aware of his or her own professional role and limitations, as well as the needs, styles, and values of patients, and those of other health professionals. PA students are considered "lifelong learners" of the art and science of medicine, as well as active learners who ask questions, uncover meaning and make decisions.

GOALS

Goal:

The Department is committed to educating high quality, competent Physician Assistants, who are lifelong learners and who respond positively to the future challenges and opportunities in healthcare delivery.

Objectives

Graduates entering the profession will be able to:

  1. Think critically and objectively to locate and assess information and to communicate clearly and effectively in speaking and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with medical informatics utilizing emerging technologies.
  3. Evaluate, monitor and diagnose illnesses, perform therapeutic procedures and make referrals to healthcare resources.
  4. Educate and counsel patients to improve their health.
  5. Promote health and wellness, within a holistic concept of the needs of individuals and communities, through primary healthcare.
  6. Practice within the ethical standards of the Physician Assistant profession.
  7. Respect and understand the importance and consequences of our diverse cultural and ethnic heritage
  8. Serve in all areas of society.
  9. Access and contribute to the Physician Assistant professional literature through the practice of evidence based medicine.
  10. Work as a member of a healthcare team, promoting a positive public awareness of the Physician Assistant Profession.
  11. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the role of a Physician Assistant and assess their own capabilities and limitations.
  12. Successfully complete the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam.

 

Goal:

The Department is committed to contributing to the health and well-being of society.

 Objectives:

The Department will:

  1. Promote health awareness to the community through outreach and service.
  2. Provide opportunities for students to examine and problem solve issues related to cultural and ethnic diversity.

 

Goal

The Department is committed to promoting and developing the Physician Assistant profession.

 Objectives:

The Department will: 

  1. Provide the faculty and students with resources for membership and participation in  professional organizations and attendance at professional conferences.
  2. Promote the continuing education of faculty to keep them aware of developments in medical practice.
  3. Provide resources for professional recertification and licensure.

 

Goal:

The Department will assist Western Michigan University and College of Health and Human Services to accomplish their mission and goals as they apply to the Department.

 Objectives:

The Department will: 

  1. Regularly review and revise curricular offerings to reflect changes in medicine and healthcare delivery.
  2. Evaluate information from program assessments to improve the curriculum structure. 
  3. Participate in interdisciplinary educational activities within the College of Health and Human Services and the University. 
  4. Provide students with access to a variety of clinical experiences within different cultural and socio-economic areas when possible.