- Recruit qualified applicants
- Engage all students in active and on-going community outreach
- Maintain an accredited program with a curriculum designed to ensure the requisite knowledge and skills for entry to PA practice
- Graduate physician assistants who practice in a variety of health care settings to meet workforce needs
- Support a culture of leadership in the profession and the community
Recruit qualified applicants
Over the past four years the PA program has received over 3,600 applications for enrollment. Numbers have been steadily rising over the past several years, and hit an all time record of over 1,100 applicants during the 2012 application cycle. In fact, this year we received approximately 34 applications for every seat available in the entering class!
This increase in the applicant pool allowed us to interview approximately 150 applicants in 2012. Applicants who successfully complete the program demonstrate academic competence. The average applicant enters the program with a 3.4 cumulative and science GPA, and over two years of strong health care experience. Our data strongly suggests that the QU PA program has and will continue to recruit qualified applicants.
What do the applicants think once the entire process is over?
94% agreed the interview process positively influenced their decision to attend
87% agreed the reputation of the PA program influenced their decision to attend
94% agreed the interview process was organized and efficient
85% agreed the community service opportunities influenced their decision to attend
43% indicated tuition cost did NOT influence their decision to attend
Engage all students in active and on-going community outreach
Community Service involvement by the students is one of the missions of Quinnipiac University and the physician assistant program. The Quinnipiac PA program requires that all of our students participate in community service events and track their hours. First-year students are required to participate in 25 hours of community service. The experience has been that the majority of students exceed that requirement.
Figure 1 represents our first-year student average hours of community service activities over the past five years. Students in the Class of 2014 are just over half way done with their didactic year. Note that the majority are already in excess of the 25 hours with the average to January being 29 hours.
There are many different community service activities and organizations that our students participate in. The top eight activities for the Class of 2012 that students participated in (Figure 2) were: ACES literacy program, Cow Chip Bingo & 5K Fun Run, Quinnipiac University's Health Fair, KEEP, Medical mission, Midnight run, and National Kidney Foundation non-KEEP.
Maintain an accredited program with a curriculum designed to ensure the requisite knowledge and skills for entry to PA practice.
The Quinnipiac University PA Program is fully accredited by the ARC-PA.
Graduate physician assistants who practice in a variety of health care settings to meet workforce needs
The graduates of the Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program are surveyed every year as the program continues to track employment activities that are used to evaluate the program's mission and goals. Based upon the graduate survey results 92 percent of our graduates are continuing to practice medicine as a PA five years after graduation [Figure 1].
The locations that our graduates are currently employed in are also diverse (as shown in Figure 2) with the top three locations being the emergency department, solo practice and hospital surgical services.
Of those surveyed we continue to see a diversity in the specialties in which our graduates are working [Figure 3] approximately 23 percent of graduates are grouped into categories that includes primary care specialties like pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine.
Breaking the specialties down further by medical and surgical sub-specialties we continue to see a varied diversity in the specialties our graduates are practicing in [Figures 4 and 5].
Recent Graduating Class
The newest graduating class is surveyed separately and about 23 percent are in primary care type practices and 26 percent are in emergency medicine [Figure 6].
The class is also looked at by the geographic location where they take their first position [Figure 7]; not surprisingly, more than half (52 percent) remain in the Connecticut area.
Support a culture of leadership in the profession and the community
QU PA program faculty members foster a culture of leadership by both encouraging students to run for officer positions in local and national organizations and by holding positions of leadership themselves.
Graduates from the Quinnipiac University PA program have held numerous positions of leadership both in the arena of health care and in the community at large.