The mission of the University of the Sciences (USciences) and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) physician assistant program is to educate highly qualified students through an accelerated program, focusing on preparing them to become competent, responsible, compassionate, and comprehensive medical care providers.
Our vision is that our graduates will be leaders in the healthcare community, striving for excellence in all academic and professional endeavors while helping to provide for the healthcare needs in rural and urban medically underserved areas.
To accomplish our mission and vision, the pre-professional physician assistant program at University of the Sciences (years 1–3) includes the following objectives:
- To identify those students at the pre-professional level who have the interest, motivation, and potential toward the physician assistant profession.
- To promote in our students the importance of lifelong learning, professionalism, responsibility and ongoing self-evaluation.
- To develop in our students the ability to work collaboratively as part of the healthcare team.
- To prepare the students academically, clinically, and professionally for intense professional training in PCOM’s PA program.
- To socialize students into the role and expectations of the physican assistant.
The goals of the professional physician assistant program at PCOM (years 4–5) include the following:
- To provide a coordinated, comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum that will enable the graduate to deliver the highest quality of healthcare service under supervision of a licensed physician.
- To promote a didactic and clinical environment that embraces the concept of the health are team that provides communication, cooperation, and compassion.
- To encourage and facilitate the utilization of physician assistants, especially our graduates, in rural and urban medically underserved areas.
- To promote a comprehensive approach to health by continually emphasizing primary care, health maintenance, and disease prevention.
- To promote in our graduates the importance of lifelong learning in the form of continuing medical education.