Mission of the Program
The mission of the Augsburg PA Program is based on a foundation of respect and sensitivity to persons of all cultures and backgrounds and oriented towards providing medical care to underserved populations. Students are well educated in current medical theory and practice, and graduates are encouraged to work in primary care settings. The program promotes dedication to excellence in performance, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, and commitment to lifelong personal and professional development.
General Goals of the Program
The Augsburg PA Program will educate students to:
- Work in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics and women’s medicine)
- Provide PA students with the foundational knowledge required to support strong clinical and leadership skills.
- Work with underserved and diverse populations of patients.
- Practice with a high degree of competence, autonomy and professionalism.
We demonstrate achievement of our goals by compiling data* from our graduating students specific to our goals:
- Majority of our graduates now work in primary care.
- 90% of our respondents work in an urban setting and 10% in a rural setting.
- Graduates are employed within an average of 3-4 months post graduation.
- Two of our PA-C graduates serve as faculty members.
- Augsburg PA-C Alumni continually support the program by lecturing or volunteering as clinical instructors.
*Data obtained from surveying graduates from the classes of 2011-2016.
The Augsburg PA Program’s mission is to educate primary care PAs oriented toward service to underserved populations, both in the rural setting and urban areas. The program is approximately 28 months long with studies beginning each year in May after Memorial Day and graduation is in September.
Approximately 16 months of the program is didactic, or classroom work, including courses in human gross anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, pharmacotherapy, history and physical exam skills, research, and professional issues in medicine. Overall, the PA curriculum is structured to facilitate active learning, which is an instructional approach that engages students in applying knowledge (facts, concepts, principles) in real time in front of peers and instructors. For example, PA students participate in small group discussions, in-lecture case-based vignettes, game-oriented reviews (i.e. jeopardy game), and use real-time clickers to practice questions in class. There are also hands-on activities that promote development of practical skills through the use of simulated patients, technical skills workshops and labs (i.e. cadaver dissection, suturing, casting/splinting).
The clinical phase is completed in approximately 12 months. Augsburg clinical instructors include physicians, PAs and other health care providers from the Metro Area and beyond. Each student is required to successfully complete clinical rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry, emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery and requests one elective specialty rotation. In addition, the clinical phase culminates with an 8 week clinical preceptorship. The clinical preceptorship is designed to solidify the students primary care skills and prepares them to enter medical practice.
A student will be required to complete the clinical phase at site(s) determined by the program to provide the student with the best educational experience. Clinical rotation sites will be located throughout the state of MN and surrounding states.