Program Mission

The mission of the MSPA Program at Mary Baldwin University is to academically and clinically prepare students for PA practice as compassionate, effective, qualified clinicians able to serve in a variety of medical specialty areas and settings in collaboration with licensed physicians.  This is accomplished in an environment promoting diversity along with respect for self and others.  The MSPA Program is committed to leadership, interprofessional education, and collaborative practice.  The Program’s mission is realized in a dynamic and holistic learning environment dedicated to critical reasoning, engaged learning and scholarship, and innovative teaching with a strong commitment to service, especially for those in underserved or disadvantaged areas.  Veritably, the Program holds that the primary goal of medical training is service to humanity.

Program Goals

Within the design of the curriculum and clinical experiences it is the goal of the MDCHS PA Program to:

1) Goal:  Educate students to ensure the requisite knowledge and skills necessary for entry into PA practice and successful passage of the PANCE within 1 standard deviation of national average.

  • Outcomes:
    • 1st Cohort won 2016 VAPA Challenge Bowl
    • 1st Cohort – Semifinalist in 2017 AAPA National Challenge Bowl
    • PANCE pass rates will be published once available.

2) Goal: Develop PAs dedicated to life-long learning who attain the ability to transfer knowledge to clinical performance and achieve employment within 6 months serving diverse patient populations.

  • Outcomes:
    • Graduate work settings will be published once available.
    • Graduate employment rates will be published once available.
    • Graduate survey results related to life-long learning will be published once available.

3) Goal: Educate PAs to work and collaborate in an interprofessional environment to foster a patient-centered care approach to health care delivery.

  • Outcomes:
    • Student surveys of IPE courses such as Clinical Seminar rate 95% of participating students agreeing that IPE (Interprofessional Education) enhanced their perspective on the material presented.
    • Graduate survey results will be published once available.

4) Goal: Educate PAs who develop a solid professional value system and advocacy for the profession locally and nationally.

  • Outcomes:
    • Participation in state wide ‘White Coats on Call’ at State Capital
    • Members of SAAPA / AAPA / VAPA
    • Attended AAPA conference as AOR representatives

5) Goal: Develop PAs who have an understanding and commitment to community during and after enrollment in the PA Program.

  • Outcomes:
    • Participate in community practicum projects
    • Volunteer with local chapter ‘Walk With a Doc’
    • Volunteer with Augusta Health Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Interprofessional collaboration with other MDCHS graduate medical programs for local & national charitable fundraising
    • Graduate survey results regarding community service will be published once available.

It is the intent of the MDCHS PA Program, and Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences as a whole, that we communicate these goals through our teaching, role modeling and clinical practice.