ATLANTA – March 9, 2018 – Physician assistants (PAs) play a critical role on today’s collaborative health care teams, with demand expected to grow by nearly 40 percent over the next 10 years and a median salary exceeding $100,000, according to U.S. News and World Report.
To meet this growing community need, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is launching a new physician assistant program beginning in summer 2019. The 28-month long full-time program will lead to a Master of Science in Medicine Physician Assistant Studies degree. MSM will begin accepting applications on April 27, 2018.*
PAs are highly trained health care professionals licensed to provide medical care under a doctor’s supervision. They can conduct physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic studies, write prescriptions and more. Trained PAs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and federal agencies.
“The Morehouse School of Medicine physician assistant program is driven by vision, mission and legacy,” says Pangela Dawson, Ph.D., PA-C, PA program director. “Understanding the pioneering efforts of early educators has inspired us to develop a student-centered curriculum design that focuses on equipping future leaders, enhancing access to care, and improving community health outcomes for rural and underprivileged populations.”
The PA program at MSM will empower students to make health equity a priority and address community health issues, Dr. Dawson says. The program also adopts the competencies consistent with the national standards for the PA profession.