CSM Physician Assistant Program Goals
The College of Saint Mary PA program will prepare all graduates to:
Goal 1: Provide evidence-based medical education that prepares students to practice in diverse settings:
Measurement of Success: 100% of 2018 graduates completed a rotation in a rural or underserved site
Outcome: 85.7% of 2018 graduates surveyed currently practice in an underserved or primary care practice
Future Measure of Success: 80% of graduates serving underserved patient populations will report by survey that they agree or strongly agree that their PAS program experiences prepared them to serve these patients and communities.
Goal 2: Prepare students to be effective members of the healthcare team in an in an interprofessional healthcare environment:
Measurement of Success: 100% of 2018 graduates participated in Interprofessional experiences on the CSM campus
Outcome: Students in the class of 2018 received a mean rating of 4.86 (out of 5) on preceptor evaluations for exhibiting an open minded approach and respect when working collaboratively in IPE centered teams.
Goal 3: Foster a culture of service and compassion and to provide for the underserved of our community:
Measurement of Success: 100% of 2018 graduates completed 6-8 hours of community service.
Outcome: 71% of 2018 graduates surveyed chose CSM because of the mission of Excellence, Service, Dignity, Compassion, Inclusivity and Integrity, spoke to them.
Goal 4: Maintain a 100% job placement of recent graduates actively seeking employment:
Outcome: 100% of 2018 graduates are employed or in a fellowship
Goal 5: Provide the support and opportunities necessary for each student to be successful in the program:
Measurement of Success: 100% of students in the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 demonstrated awareness of CSM support systems.
Outcome: 2018 graduates rated CSM health and counseling services above average (4.4 on a scale of 5)
2018 graduates rated CSM academic services available above average (4 on a scale of 5)
2018 graduates rated their overall education experience above average (4 on a scale of 5)
Goal 6: Collaborate with CSM enrollment counselors and faculty to ensure the recruitment and development of highly-qualified, compassionate, and caring applicants to the PAS program:
Measurement of Success: 71% of 2018 graduates surveyed felt adequately prepared to enter the PAS program.
Outcome: Cohort 2018 mean entering GPA = 3.85
Cohort 2019 mean entering GPA = 3.79
Cohort 2020 mean entering GPA = 3.51
Upon completion of the CSM PA program, graduates will be able to:
- Employ evidence-based medicine, biomedical, and clinical science concepts in the evaluation and management of patients across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Obtain an appropriate history and perform a physical examination to discover the essential information needed to make accurate decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions across the lifespan.
- Develop patient management plans for general medical and surgical conditions across the lifespan that includes appropriate pharmacologic, preventative, education, counseling, and other treatment modalities.
- Demonstrate the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for making decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions related to patient care.
- Perform clinical procedures commonly encountered in a primary care setting
- Practice patient-centered care aimed at disease prevention and health promotion as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team.
- Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills when interacting with patients, families, physicians, and other members of the health care team.
- Demonstrate compassion, respect, and sensitivity to patients’ culture, race, age, gender, and socioeconomic status while recognizing and addressing any health disparities that may exist.
- Exhibit the professional attributes of respect, compassion, and integrity with accountability to patients, society, and the profession.
- Exhibit the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice towards patients, society, and the profession.
- Critically analyze published medical literature to make practice-based improvements and modifications to patient care.
- Self-evaluate behaviors and knowledge to recognize personal biases, gaps in medical knowledge, and physical limitations in themselves.
- Evaluate different healthcare delivery systems to provide patients with safe, cost-effective, quality care in all settings, including underserved communities.
- Utilize information technology resources to support clinical decision-making and appropriately document patient care.
NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate
The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a computer-based, multiple-choice test that assesses medical and surgical knowledge. This examination must be successfully passed in order for graduates to become eligible for licensure.