Mission & Goals

The mission of the EVMS Physician Assistant Program is to prepare students to provide health care in a broad range of medical settings by training them in the medical arts and sciences in an inclusive, multi-cultural environment dedicated to the delivery of patient centered care, while fostering a strong commitment to clinical and community partnerships.

The overall goals of the PA Program are to prepare graduates to provide quality health care and to nurture their service as capable leaders in clinical, research, and community service environments.

The successful achievement of the program’s mission is demonstrated through the following established goals and performance indicators.

Focus Area
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Goal

Admissions

Attract and admit high quality applicants with healthcare experience.

PACKRAT Scores

PACKRAT clinical year exam scores for each class cohort will be comparable to or better than the national average.

PANCE Scores

Graduates of the EVMS PA Program will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge needed for an entry-level physician assistant.

Program Completion Rates

At least 90% of each entering class will complete the program and graduate on-time.

Community  Service

Foster an attitude of service for alignment with the Vision of EVMS: “Eastern Virginia Medical School will be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States.”

Interprofessional Education

Produce graduates who demonstrate a basic knowledge of the diverse EVMS programs and disciplines and the value of teamwork by their participation in an interprofessional collaborative education (ICE) experience.

Employment

75% of graduates will have permanent employment within 3 months of graduation.

 Accomplishment of our goals will serve the:

  • Student, by fostering personal and professional discovery and development with the skills to become life-long learners
  • Patient, through student preparation to provide competent patient-centered primary and specialty care
  • Institution, by contributing to a seamless learning environment which fosters the development of competent and compassionate healthcare professionals
  • Community, by graduating professionals who understand the importance of community service, forging community alliances, and having an understanding of culturally appropriate care

Admissions

  • Goal:  Attract and admit high quality applicants with healthcare experience.
    • Indicator
      • Average GPA of entering classes will be equal to or above 3.25
      • Entering students will have at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience

    • Results

 

Graduating
Class

GPAs

Average #
of Clinical Hours
  Undergraduate Replacement Prerequisite Paid Volunteer
2012 3.49   3.41    
2013 3.48 3.77 3.77    
2014 3.36 3.77 3.83    
2015 3.28 3.77 3.81 5,194 3,326
2016 3.30 3.42 3.80 6,042 2,781
2017 3.41 3.80 3.84 5,525 2,279
Averages 3.39 3.71 3.74 5,587 2,776
    •    Findings
      • Average GPAs of the entering classes were above 3.25.
      • Entering students had an average healthcare experience well over 1,000 hours.

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PACKRAT Scores

  • GOAL:  PACKRAT clinical year exam scores for each class cohort will be comparable to or better than the national average.

    • Indicator
      • Average program PACKRAT clinical year examination scores equal to or greater than 95% of the national average.

    • Results
Graduating
Class
PACKRAT Test 2
% National Mean
2012 108%
2013 121%
2014 111%
2015 TBD

 

    • Findings
      • The program's average PACKRAT clinical year examination scores equal to or are greater than 95% of the national average.

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PANCE Scores

  • GOAL:  Graduates of the EVMS PA Program will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge needed for an entry-level physician assistant.
    • Indicators
      • EVMS graduates will pass the PANCE on the first attempt at a higher rate than the national average.
      • EVMS PANCE scores will be equal to or greater than 95% of the national average in each of the 13 content areas.
      • EVMS PANCE scores will be equal to or greater than 95% of the national average in each of the 7 task areas.

    • Results 
    • Findings
      • EVMS graduates have consistently passed PANCE on the first attempt at a higher rate than the national average over the last five years.
      • EVMS PANCE scores are greater than 95% of the national average in each of the 13 content areas since 2012.
      • EVMS PANCE scores are greater than 95% of the national average in each of the 7 task areas.

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Program Completion Rates

  • GOAL:  At least 90% of each entering class will complete the program and graduate on-time.

    • Indicator
      • On-time graduation rate will equal or exceed 90%. 

  • Results
Graduation Rates for Graduating Class
2012 2013 2014 2015
100% 100% 94% 92%
Graduated 53/53 Graduated 55/55

Graduated 64/68

1 left for personal reasons

1 academic dismissal

2 joined Class of 2015

Graduated 78/85

2 left for personal reasons

1 academic dismissal

4 joined Class of 2016

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Community Service

  • GOAL:  Foster an attitude of service for alignment with the Vision of EVMS: “Eastern Virginia Medical School will be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States.”

    • Indicator
      • The program’s curriculum includes a service learning practicum experience (MPA 5807). The course provides an opportunity for students to spend at least 40 hours in a community, health-related agency during the clinical year of the program. The goal is to reinforce the community orientation EVMS and promote a commitment to service in our graduates.  

    • Results
      • 100% of our students meet or exceed the minimum 40-hour requirement. Students present information about their community service projects to their peers prior to graduation.

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Interprofessional Collaborative Education

  • GOAL:  Produce graduates who demonstrate a basic knowledge of the diverse EVMS programs and disciplines and the value of teamwork by their participation in an interprofessional collaborative education (ICE) experience.

    • Indicator
      • In growing recognition that a safe, effective, and value-driven healthcare delivery system must emphasize teams of professionals working in unison to benefit patients and improve outcomes, EVMS School of Health Professions developed a 1-credit hour Interprofessional Collaborative Education (ICE) course that was implemented during the 2014-2015 academic year. The School of Health Professions consists of twelve educational programs with a diverse mix of disciplines that includes art therapy and counseling, clinical embryology/andrology, surgical assisting, physician assistant, public health, clinical psychology and several biomedical sciences programs.

    • Results
      • 100% of the Class of 2016 participated in the ICE course during the 2014-2015 academic year.
      • 100% of the Class of 2017 will participate in the ICE course during the 2015-2016 academic year. During this year, participation by medical students will be added. 

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Employment

  • GOAL:  75% of graduates will have permanent employment within 3 months of graduation.

    • Indicator
      • Reponses from the Annual Alumni Survey for the 2012-2014 graduating years will indicate tha at least 75% of program graduates secured employment as a physician assistant within 3 months of graduation.

    • Results

 

    • Findings
      • Within 3 months of graduation, 87% of graduates from the classes of 2012-2014 had secured employment as a physician assistant.

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