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PA Medicine Student Competencies

he MSU PA Program will use the following program student competencies as the foundational document to the curriculum. The program student competencies were developed to give a framework in order to develop a “Day 1 Ready" to begin practice as a PA at graduation. Our ongoing program assessment process will review these competencies to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the everchanging healthcare market.

MSU PA Medicine Student Competencies

  1. Utilize medical knowledge of acute and chronic conditions including etiology, pathophysiology, incidence, risk factors, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment strategies to effectively manage a patient across the life span.
  2. Elicit a thorough patient-centered complete or problem-focused patient history taking into account any social determinants that may affect healthcare.
  3. Perform appropriate clinical procedures and educate patient regarding procedure, complications and follow-up care.
  4. Perform a complete and problem-focused physical examination and recognize normal from abnormal findings.​​​​​​​
  5. Utilizing history and physical exam findings formulate a differential diagnosis for acute and chronic diseases.​​​​​​​
  6. Select and interpret appropriate lab and diagnostic studies to aid in decision making.​​​​​​​
  7. Communicate effectively with patients and families by utilizing patient centered interpersonal skills that incorporates mutual respect with the patient.​​​​​​​
  8. Apply appropriate decision-making skills, clinical reasoning and judgement to all aspects of patient care.​​​​​​​
  9. Construct patient-centered holistic medical treatment plans that include pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies.
  10.  Foster preventive care including age appropriate screening, immunization recommendations, patient education, behavioral modification, and healthcare wellness.​​​​​​​
  11. Appropriately collaborate in interprofessional teams while understanding the roles of others to improve the quality of patient care.​​​​​​​
  12. Incorporate patient safety strategies, reduce medical errors and practice quality improvement in medical care.​​​​​​​
  13. Embrace professionalism in all aspects of clinical practice incorporating accountability, altruism, and confidentiality.​​​​​​​
  14. Effectively present patient information to collaborating physicians and other health care providers.​​​​​​​
  15. Perform patient education which considers health literacy and other social determinants and encourages treatment adherence and lifestyle modification.​​​​​​​
  16. Embrace the role of a physician assistant and recognize personal limitations while practicing.
  17. Practice evidence-based medicine which incorporates life-long learning and current clinical guidelines​​​​​​​
  18. Perform effective medical documentation to include admission notes, SOAP notes, discharge summaries/plans, orders and referrals.​​​​​​​
  19. Possess a thorough understanding of medical ethics and the legal aspects of health care.​​​​​​​
  20. Formulate a diagnosis which integrates clinical presentation, results of diagnostic tests and cultural and environmental aspects.​​​​​​​
  21. Possess knowledge of pharmaceutical agents including indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, drug interactions and costs to patients.​​​​​​​
  22. Utilize the concepts of public health to improve the quality of patient care.​​​​​​​
  23. Practice cultural awareness and inclusion while advocating for patients.​​​​​​​
  24. Recognize emergent medical conditions versus non-emergent medical conditions by appropriately triaging patients.
  25. Evaluate and appropriately manage surgical patients in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operativesettings.

Competency

Summative 

Assessment

Utilize medical knowledge of acute and chronic conditions including etiology, pathophysiology, incidence, risk factors, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment strategies to effectively manage a patient across the life span.

Written exam

Elicit a thorough patient-centered complete or problem-focused patient history taking into account any social determinants that may affect healthcare.

Written exam

OSCE

Perform appropriate clinical procedures and educate patient regarding procedure, complications and follow-up care.

Procedural testing

Perform a complete and problem-focused physical examination and recognize normal from abnormal findings.

Written exam

OSCE

Utilizing history and physical exam findings formulate a differential diagnosis for acute and chronic diseases.

Written exam

OSCE

Select and interpret appropriate lab and diagnostic studies to aid in decision making.

Written exam

OSCE

Communicate effectively with patients and families by utilizing patient centered interpersonal skills that incorporates mutual respect with the patient.

OSCE

Apply appropriate decision-making skills, clinical reasoning and judgement to all aspects of patient care. 

OSCE

Construct patient-centered holistic medical treatment plans that include pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies.

Written exam

OSCE

Foster preventive care including age appropriate screening, immunization recommendations, patient education, behavioral modification, and healthcare wellness.

OSCE

Appropriately collaborate in interprofessional teams while understanding the roles of others to improve the quality of patient care. 

OSCE

Incorporate patient safety strategies, reduce medical errors and practice quality improvement in medical care.

OSCE

Embrace professionalism in all aspects of clinical practice incorporating accountability, altruism, and confidentiality.

OSCE

Effectively present patient information to collaborating physicians and other health care providers.

OSCE presentation

Perform patient education which considers health literacy and other social determinantsand encourages treatment adherence and lifestyle modification.

OSCE

Embrace the role of a physician assistant and recognize personal limitations while practicing.

Written exam

OSCE

Practice evidence-based medicine which incorporates life-long learning and current clinical guidelines

Written exam

OSCE

Perform effective medical documentation to include admission notes, SOAP notes, discharge summaries/plans, orders and referrals..

OSCE

Possess a thorough understanding of medical ethics and the legal aspects of health care.

Written exam

Formulate a diagnosis which integrates clinical presentation, results of diagnostic tests and cultural and environmental aspects.

Written exam

OSCE

Possess knowledge of pharmaceutical agents including indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, drug interactions and costs to patients.

Written exam

OSCE

Utilize the concepts of public health to improve the quality of patient care.

OSCE

Practice cultural awareness and inclusion while advocating for patients.

OSCE

Recognize emergent medical conditions versus non-emergent medical conditions by appropriately triaging patients.

Written exam

 

Evaluate and appropriately manage surgical patients in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative settings.

Written exam

 

Originally adopted by PA Medicine Faculty 3/16/20
Revised and approved by PA Medicine Faculty 12/15/20
Revised and approved by PA Medicine Faculty 3/16/21