Welcome to the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program website. Here, you will find information about the PA profession, our curriculum, our professors, admissions, and frequently asked questions. We hope you will contact us if you have further questions after reviewing our site.
The mission of the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program is to educate physician assistants who will produce exceptional outcomes while caring for a diverse population of patients, including those from vulnerable communities and to cultivate leaders who will advance the physician assistant profession. We value excellence, integrity, social justice, service, and are committed to developing a successful model for interprofessional education and clinical practice.
The goals of the Physician Assistant Program are to prepare students intellectually and socially to:
- Establish a therapeutic rapport with their patient which facilitates an accurate, patient-centered interview and physical examination,
- Order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret the findings, formulate a differential diagnosis, and in collaboration with both the supervising physician and the patient, develop an appropriate treatment plan,
- Be effective observers, listeners, communicators, and diagnosticians,
- Understand the importance of culture and background when caring for patients,
- Develop a trusting relationship with their supervising physician, while adhering to the concept of team-based care,
- Identify and respond to medical emergencies,
- Advocate for patient safety and develop quality improvement projects,
- Practice medicine in an ethical manner,
- Care for patients from vulnerable populations in all health care settings, including patient centered medical homes and accountable care organizations,
- Identify gaps in the medical and educational literature by critical analysis and propose a novel research project to address the issues,
- Demonstrate leadership by participation in volunteer and professional organizations.
Our program has applied for and has been approved for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The program will matriculate its first class in April, 2014. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for new PA programs that have not yet enrolled students, but at the time of the comprehensive accreditation review, have demonstrated preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.