The mission of the EVMS Physician Assistant program is to prepare students to provide healthcare in a broad range of medical settings by training them in the medical arts and sciences in an inclusive, multicultural 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 healthcare 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 goals and performance indicators:

Goal

Attract and admit high quality applicants with healthcare experience.

Indicators

  • Entering classes have an average GPA equal to or above 3.25.
  • Entering students have at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience.

Results

ClassGPAsAverage Number of Clinical Hours
  Undergraduate Replacement Prerequisite Paid Peri-Clinical/Volunteer
2012 3.47   3.41    
2013 3.38 3.78 3.77    
2014 3.47 3.78 3.84    
2015 3.40 3.77 3.82 3,654 1,514
2016 3.43 3.81 3.80 6,041 2,733
2017 3.38 3.83 3.84 5,477 2,241
2018 3.33 3.79 3.82 5,168 980
2019 3.33 3.77 3.82 5,821 1,744
Averages 3.40 3.79 3.77 5,232 1,842

Findings

  • Average GPA of entering classes were above 3.25
  • Entering students had well over 1,000 hours of average healthcare experience

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

All 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.

Goal

The program will 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 experience.

Indicator

The Foundations in Interprofessional Practice course was launched during the first semester of spring 2017 for the Class of 2019. The course's objectives emphasize values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, communication and teamwork.

Results

All students in the Class of 2019 are participating in the course. 

Goal

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

Indicator

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

Results

  • Class of 2012
    • PACKRAT Test 2 percent national mean: 108%
  • Class of 2013
    • PACKRAT Test 2 percent national mean: 121%
  • Class of 2014
    • PACKRAT Test 2 percent national mean: 111%
  • Class of 2015
    • PACKRAT Test 2 percent national mean: 106%
  • Class of 2016
    • PACKRAT Test 2 percent national mean: 103%
  • Class of 2017
    • PACKRAT Test 2 percent national mean: 108%

Findings

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

Goal

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

Indicator

The on-time graduation rate will equal or exceed 90%.

Results

Graduation Rates for Graduating Classes
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
100% 100% 94% 92% 97% 95%
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

2 academic withdrawals

3 joined Class of 2016

Graduated
89/92

1 left for personal reasons

1 academic withdrawal

1 joined Class of 2017

Graduated
82/86

1 left for personal reasons

3 joined Class of 2018

Goal

Graduates of the EVMS Physician Assistant program will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge needed for an entry-level physician assistant.

Indicators

  • Graduates will pass the PANCE on the first attempt at a higher rate than the national average.

Results 

 

Findings

  • The 5-year average for EVMS graduates indicates that they passed the PANCE on the first attempt at a higher rate than the national average.

Goal

75% of graduates will have permanent employment within 6 months of graduation.

Indicator

Reponses from the annual alumni survey for the 2001-2017 graduating years will indicate that at least 75% of program graduates secured employment as a physician assistant within 6 months of graduation.

Results

Findings

Within 6 months of graduation, 95% of graduates who participated in the alumni survey from the classes of 2001-2017 had secured employment as a physician assistant.

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