Vision, Mission & Goals

Physician Assistant Studies

(ARC-PA Standard A3.14b)

Vision

The vision of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program is to expand and enhance access to health care for all Nevadans through PA workforce development and advocacy for the profession.


Mission

The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program is to train flexible and committed primary care clinicians dedicated to strengthening health care in their communities.


Goals

Based on these vision and mission statements, the goals of the program are:

Goal #1

Prepare clinically skilled PAs by providing an educational environment that fosters learning and prepares students to meet primary care workforce needs of underserved and rural Nevada.

Key Performance Indicators with Targets:
  • Graduates that remain in Nevada. Target: 60%
  • Graduates that choose primary care as their initial practice setting. Target: 20%
  • Graduates that practice in underserved or rural setting. Target: 30%
Program activities to support the goal:
  • Six, 4-week primary care focused clerkships
  • 4-week clerkship in medically underserved populations
  • Clerkship opportunities throughout rural Nevada
Assessment Mechanism:
  • 1-year post-graduation surveys of practice settings

[Benchmark sources: 2017 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants; 2017 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State; 2018 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants; Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Ninth Edition and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)]

Results:
  • (data published when available)

Goal #2

Provide educational and training opportunities for non-traditional students, particularly those from rural and underserved Nevada communities, and those who have served in military medical settings.

Key Performance Indicators with Targets:

Matriculated students meeting one of the following characteristics of a non-traditional student. Target: 30% 

  • Age over 25
  • Financially independent for financial aid purposes
  • Is a veteran

Matriculated students from:

  • Nevada. Target: 80%
  • Rural Nevada. Target: 10%

Matriculated students with:

  • Current or past military service. Target: 5%

Results:

Class of 2020 (n=24)Target
Target
Performance
Characteristics                                       
Non-Traditional Students 30% 100%
  • Age over 25 - 100%
  • Financially Independent - 100%
From Nevada 80% 88% (CA: Truckee, Kings Beach, Bishop)
Rural 30% 25% Elko, Lyon, Douglas, Truckee, Kings Beach, Bishop
Current or past military service 5% 4% Army
Class of 2021 (n=24)
Target
Performance
Characteristics                                       
Non-Traditional Students 30% 100%
  • Age over 25 - 92%
  • Financially Independent - 100%
From Nevada 80% 83%

(CA: Truckee, Blairdsen, NV City, S. Lake Tahoe)

Rural 30% 42% Fallon, Susanville, Norden, Minden, Alamo, Eureka, Blairdsen, NV City, S. Lake Tahoe, Truckee
Current or past military service 5% 4% Air Force
All Students (n=48)
Target
Performance
Characteristics                                       
Non-Traditional Students 30% 100%
  • Age over 25 - 96%
  • Financially Independent - 100%
From Nevada 80% 85% (CA: Truckee, Kings Beach, Bishop, Blairdsen, NV City, S. Lake Tahoe, Truckee)
Rural 30% 33% Elko, Lyon, Douglas
Current or past military service 5% 4% Army, Air Force
Program activities to support the goal:

Website and informational sessions that provide candidates with program goals. The admissions process to screen and identify candidates with these characteristics. The program collaborates with the Office of Statewide Initiatives, which also houses the Office of Rural Health.

Assessment Mechanism:
  • Admissions data

[Benchmark sources: Non-traditional Student definition adopted from:http://www.nodaweb.org/?page=network_non_trad;
Rural Nevada; Underserved communities as defined by Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Ninth Edition and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs); Physician Assistant Education Association. Student Report 2 (published July 2018, updated April 2019)]

Results:
  • (data published when available)

Goal #3

Recruit qualified applicants who will successfully complete medical education as a PA.

Key Performance Indicators with Targets:
  • Graduation rate. Target: 100% (first cohort to graduate in August 2020)
Program activities to support the goal:
  • Analyze admissions and program data and apply it to revise the admissions process. Identify and recruit candidates that are statistically successful in our program.
Assessment Mechanism:
  • Admissions and program data. Post-graduation surveys.

Goal #4

To provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be successful, competent PAs.

Key Performance Indicators with Targets:
  • Maintain a PANCE First Time Pass Rate at or above the national mean
  • Graduate ratings on preparation for entry into PA practice upon graduation. Target: 3.5 or greater (surveyed at one-year post-graduation)

[Based on a 5-point scale where 1=Not at all prepared; 2=Not very prepared; 3=Somewhat prepared; 4=Very prepared; 5=Extremely prepared]

Program activities to support the goal:

Provide high-quality rigorous education through solid curriculum, interprofessional educational experiences, and strong alignment with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and community partners. Develop program procedures to exceed self-assessment requirements leading to continuous program innovation and improvement. Faculty development to ensure that instruction is in line with current trends through evidence-based techniques. Early identification of students who may be at academic risk and provide the necessary support.

Assessment Mechanism:
  • PANCE reports. Student surveys of program and faculty. Preceptor surveys of program and students. Faculty surveys of Program Director and institution.

[Benchmark sources: NCCPA for PANCE]

Results:
  • (data published when available)

Rev. 10.22.2019