Student Goals and Objectives
Our goals and objectives are guided by the "Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession" document published by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. The purpose of that document is to communicate to the PA profession and to the public a set of competencies that all physician assistants, regardless of specialty or setting, are expected to acquire and maintain throughout their careers. The competencies provide a road map for the individual PA, the physician-PA team and PA-related professional organizations. These competencies also mirror the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies for the medical resident.
Competency Area: Medical Knowledge
Graduates will demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area of practice.
When given a clinical scenario the student will apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, molecular biology, and/or history and physical examination skills in formulating a differential diagnosis and making an appropriate final diagnosis.
When given a clinical scenario the student will apply medical knowledge in choosing appropriate diagnostic procedures to confirm the final diagnosis.
When given a clinical scenario the student will apply medical knowledge in choosing an appropriate treatment plan including clinical interventions and pharmaceutical therapeutics.
Competency Area: Patient Care
Graduates will demonstrate care that is effective, safe, high quality, and equitable.
When given a clinical scenario the student will provide appropriate patient education that incorporates disease prevention and health maintenance.
When given a patient scenario the student will obtain essential and accurate information that is appropriate through effective utilization of history and physical examination skills.
Competency Area: Team Based Practice
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function as a professional within a team-based environment.
When given a clinical scenario the student will consult and participate with others in the health care team in a manner that encompasses professional roles as prescribed by law.
The student will compare and contrast the effect of team-based practice on error reduction, patient safety, cost effectiveness and patient outcomes.
Competency Area: Practice Based Learning & Improvement
Graduate will demonstrate the ability to assess, evaluate and improve their patient care practices through the utilization of appropriate research resources.
When given a clinical scenario, the student will critically analyze, interpret and apply medical literature and other information sources to improve patient care practices.
Competency Area: Interpersonal & Communication Skills
Graduates will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their families, physicians, professional associates and the health care system.
When given a clinical scenario, the student will use effective listening, nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills to elicit and provide information.
When given a clinical scenario, the student will accurately and adequately document and record information regarding the care process for medical, legal, quality and financial purposes.
Competency Area: Professionalism
Graduates will demonstrate an ability to practice within a professional framework.
The student will demonstrate behavior with faculty, staff and student colleagues that is respectful, mature and empathetic.
The student will demonstrate tolerance for uncertainty and ability to give and receive constructive feedback from faculty, staff and student colleagues.
The student will exhibit honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code of the University of Tennessee in all exams, quizzes, and graded assignments.
The student will perform responsibly and with accountability by arriving promptly to classes/rotation and working effectively as a team member.
Competency Area: Systems Based Practice
Graduates will demonstrate knowledge in the societal, organizational and economic environments in which health care is delivered.
When given a clinical scenario the student will discuss the funding sources and payment systems that provide coverage for a patient and how that may impact care.
When given a clinical scenario the student will identify the ethical concepts related to electronic medical records.
Competency Area: Research
The graduate will demonstrate knowledge in basic research methodology and the application of current medical literature to patient care.
The student will design and implement a scholarly project related to clinical medicine or physician assistant education.
Competency Area: Cultural Competency
The graduate will demonstrate knowledge of the multicultural factors that influence health and human service care.
The student will demonstrate the ability to examine one’s own culture as well as identify the stereotypes, biases, beliefs and value systems of various cultures.
The student will identify disparities related to subculture that require special consideration in their medical care.
Master of Medical Science
Physician Assistant Program
66 North Pauline, Ste. 116
Memphis TN 38163