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Program Competencies

Medical Knowledge

  1. Recognizes the underlying pathophysiologic processes of commonly encountered medical and surgical conditions
  2. Recognizes signs and symptoms of disease and abnormal findings on diagnostic studies
  3. Recognizes risk factors for acute and chronic medical conditions including mental health conditions
  4. Understands the effect of the patient’s environment and stress on health outcomes and quality of life
  5. Understands the importance of using evidence-based interventions for disease prevention and health maintenance

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1. Communicates with patients and other members of the healthcare team in a professional and respectful manner
  2. Recognizes the unique contributions of other health care providers to patient care
  3. Demonstrates rapport with patients while obtaining and providing information
  4. Partners with patients in formulating a treatment plan
  5. Collaborates effectively with all members of the health care team
  6. Identifies relevant information from the medical record and accurately documents patient encounters and procedures

Clinical and Technical Skills

  1. Obtains a thorough and accurate medical history
  2. Performs a thorough and accurate physical examination for patients of all ages
  3. Performs commonly utilized medical and surgical procedures with proper technique and attention to patient safety
  4. Effectively counsels patients and provides education using a method tailored to the patient

Professional Behaviors

  1. Understands the legal requirements for practice as a physician assistant
  2. Demonstrates respect, compassion, and sensitivity in patient interactions
  3. Applies ethical principles to the care of patients
  4. Maintains patient confidentiality in all venues
  5. Respects the doctrines of informed consent and shared decision-making
  6. Seeks opportunities for professional development and scholarship
  7. Demonstrates willingness to teach and learn from fellow health professionals

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  1. Identifies and uses evidence-based resources to answer clinical questions
  2. Recognizes and addresses personal deficits in knowledge and clinical skills
  3. Recognizes and addresses personal biases which may affect patient care
  4. Advocates effectively for patients as they navigate the health care system
  5. Recognizes and addresses the challenges facing patients in rural and/or underserved areas
  6. Takes into account costs to the patient and the health care system when ordering medication, diagnostic studies, or therapeutic interventions

Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills

  1. Selects diagnostic studies most likely to be useful in evaluation of patients with acute and chronic disease
  2. Formulates a patient-specific differential diagnosis using patient data including history, physical examination, and diagnostic studies
  3. Suggests appropriate treatment modalities for emergent, acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions, including pharmacologic treatment and behavioral modifications
  4. Identifies the appropriate site of care based on clinical presentation and patient demographics
  5. Reflects on the possible causes of a patient’s failure to respond to treatment