Widener University PA Program Goals
For goal success metrics and other data, please view the Program Outcomes & PANCE Rate section.
1. Accept students with strong academic and clinical experience who are underrepresented in the physician assistant profession
a. Criteria 1—Students with strong academic and clinical experience
- Undergraduate cum GPA/ >3.0 average for the entering cohort
- Undergraduate science GPA/ > 3.0 average for the entering cohort
- Direct patient care/ > 500 average for the entering cohort
b. Criteria 2—Students who are under-represented in the Physician Assistant Profession
- Racial/ethnic diversity > 20% for the entering cohort
- Male gender > 20% for the entering cohort
2. Foster a student commitment to service
a. Criteria 1—Student involvement with community service
- Average number of hours of student community service by cohort/ >20 hours
3. Successfully prepare student for entry level practice.
a. Criteria 1—Student Summative Exam performance.
- Student Summative Exam/ >80% average by cohort
b. Criteria 2—Student PANCE performance
- Student first-time taker PANCE pass rates at or above national average
4. Emphasize a commitment to evidence-based medicine.
a. Criteria 1—Evidence-based medicine
- Preceptor evaluation of students (EBM)/ >3.5 avg. for cohort
- Faculty evaluation of curriculum (student EBM preparation)/ >3.5 avg. for cohort
- Student graduate exit survey (EBM preparation)/ >3.5 avg. for cohort
5. Prepare students to practice patient-centered care
a. Criteria 1—Patient-centered care
- Preceptor Evaluation of Students (Patient-centered care)/ >3.5 ave for cohort
- Faculty Eval of Course (Student Patient-centered care Preparation)/ >3.5 ave for cohort
- Student Exit Survey (Patient-centered care Preparation)/ >3.5 ave for cohort
6. Prepare student for interprofessional collaboration in their practice
a. Criteria 1—Interprofessional Collaboration
- Preceptor evaluation of students (interprofessional collaboration)/ >3.5 avg. for cohort
- Faculty evaluation of curriculum (student interprofessional collaboration preparation)/ >3.5 avg. for cohort
- Student graduate exit survey (interprofessional collaboration preparation)/ >3.5 avg. for cohort
Widener University PA Program Competencies
The Widener University Institute for Physician Assistant competencies represent the requisite medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical and technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills required for each student to satisfactory demonstrate in order to graduate from the Widener Physician Assistant Program.
1. Medical Knowledge
- a) Recognize healthy and ill patients at different stages of illness, including acute, emergent, and chronic.
- b) Synthesize the pathophysiology, etiology, and patient presentation to deliver high-quality patient-centered care.
- c) Apply evidence-based medicine in clinical practice
- d) Synthesize the history, physical exam, and diagnostic studies to formulate a differential diagnosis.
- e) Differentiate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment strategies, including patient education and counseling for patients with various medical conditions.
- f) Understand health promotion and preventative medicine
2. Interpersonal Communication Skills
- a) Demonstrate an ability to communicate with patients as partners and use shared decision-making to involve patients in their medical care.
- b) Recognize any barriers to communication or comprehension and work to correct them.
- c) Recognize the significance of health literacy in the patient population they serve.
- d) Understand that a patient’s community, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or other individual characteristics affect their health and strive to understand them.
- e) Recognize and understand the effect of a patient’s community on their health and vis versa
3. Clinical and Technical Skills
- a) Demonstrate medical, behavioral, clinical, and technical skills needed to promote health, evaluation, and management of patient presentations across the lifespan.
- b) Conduct effective, patient-centered history and physical examination for comprehensive and problem-focused patient visits
- c) Perform procedural and clinical skills considered essential for PA practice
- d) Counsel and educate patients and their families with consideration for diverse backgrounds to empower shared decision-making.
4. Professional Behaviors
- a) Demonstrate integrity, honesty, beneficence, and professionalism in practice.
- b) Recognize and adhere to standards of care in the role of the PA in the healthcare team.
- c) Recognize personal biases, work to overcome them, and do not allow them to affect the delivery of quality patient care.
- d) Demonstrate cultural humility and responsiveness to diverse populations.
5. Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving
- a) Demonstrate an ability to use the latest scientific evidence to inform clinical reasoning and problem-solving.
- b) Understand the effect that social determinants of health and health disparities can have on patient care and work to minimize these effects when engaged in clinical decision making
- c) Demonstrate investigative and critical thinking in the clinical setting.