The Master of Science Degree in PA Studies curriculum follows competency guidelines established by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and adopted in 2012 by ARC-PA, NCCPA, and PAEA, and adopted in 2013 by AAPA. These guidelines define the specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, and educational experiences needed in order to train PAs who provide uniformly high-quality health care and demonstrate greater accountability in their profession. The competencies are as follows:
The program uses achievement of the above outcomes as a guide for curriculum development and evaluation of the success of the program and its graduates. Upon completion of the Stanford School of Medicine, Master of Science in PA Studies program, graduates are expected to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, differential diagnoses, management, and appropriate interventions for general medical and surgical conditions.
- Demonstrate ability to apply acquired medical knowledge to a diverse patient population in a variety of clinical settings.
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal patient presentation and diagnostic evaluations.
- Identify appropriate management and interventions required for preventative, acute, emergent, and chronic medical conditions.
- Perform basic primary care diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
- Interpret basic primary care diagnostic laboratory and radiographic tests.
- Develop differential diagnosis and treatment plans that include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.
- Demonstrate ability to provide patient-centered care as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Demonstrate ability to provide effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication to patients, patients’ families, and other members of the healthcare team.
- Demonstrate ability to provide professional, respectful, compassionate and sensitive care to patients regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic or insurance status.
- Demonstrate understanding of professional responsibilities around licensure, credentialing, reimbursement, advocacy, and laws and regulations regarding medical practice.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- Critically review literature using evidence-based medicine to make practice-based improvements.
- Demonstrate the ability to practice cost-effective health care.
- Demonstrate an understanding of system biases that contribute to health disparities.
- Strive to improve population health by reducing health inequities.