At the completion of this program the PA graduate will be able to:

  • Practice compassionate primary care medicine sensitized to the particular health care needs of rural and underserved communities (Primary Care Provider).

  • Apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical thinking in clinical decision making (Critical Thinking).

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team (Communication).

  • Partner with supervising physicians and other professional colleagues to provide competent patient-centered care across the lifespan (Patient Care).

  • Utilize practice and systems-based analysis to insure patient safety and improve outcomes through continuous quality improvement (Safety/Quality).

  • Respond to the complexities of the dynamic healthcare system by practicing in a cost-effective and socially responsible manner (Leadership).

  • Commit to high ethical standards responsive to the needs of the profession, the individual and to society (Ethics/Community Leadership).