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Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Program

Established 1972

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DEFINITIONPhysician Assistants:

are skilled members of the health care team.

practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician.

fulfill a broad range of medical services that would otherwise be provided by the physician.

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT ROLES Take medical histories

Perform physical examinations

Order and interpret diagnostic studies

Develop and implement treatment plans

Prescribe medications

Confer with physicians and other clinicians

Provide patient education

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NATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS Approximately 75,000 PAs in clinical practice in

2010

4,800 in Texas, 6.0% of total

Mean age of clinically-employed PAs = 41

15% of PAs work more than one clinical job

64% female

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EARNINGSPhysician Assistant Income

(2009 AAPA Physician Assistant Census Survey)

National average

$93,105 / year

New graduates

$78,405 / year

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EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor

Statistics, the demand for PA services will increase 49% by 2014, and the PA profession is ranked as the third fastest growing occupation.Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Forbes.com rated the master of physician assistant studies as the number one master’s degree in the U.S. in 2010.www.forbes.com

The PA profession was mentioned in a US News & World Report online article “ 10 Jobs That Offer a Big Bang for your Buck.”http://finance.yahoo.com

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTSApplication Deadline

October 1Admitting Semester

Summer (May)Program Length

30 continuous monthsRecommended minimum overall GPA

3.0Recommended minimum science GPA

3.0

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Courses required must be completed by

December 31 of year of application; Bachelor’s degree by May.

Recommended professional or volunteer “hands-on” health care experience. Grade of “C” or higher in all requirement courses.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE is not required of applicants who have U.S. acquired master’s degrees or higher.

The GRE must be taken by August 31, 2011 to be considered for admissions.

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REQUIRED COURSES FOR ADMISSION Human Anatomy/lab = 4 hrs

Human Physiology/lab = 4 hrs

Genetics = 3 hrs

Psychology = 3 hrs

General Chemistry/lab = 8 hrs

Organic Chemistry/lab = 4 hrs

Microbiology/lab = 4 hrs

College Algebra (or higher) = 3 hrs

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COURSE DEADLINES Required courses in progress during the fall

semester of the year of application must be completed by December 31.

All fall semester transcripts must be received by February 1.

All other requirements (application, official GRE scores, letters of reference) remain October 1.

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CONSIDERATIONS Quality and quantity of academic preparation

Health care experience

Awards, honors, service, leadership

Letters of reference

Essay / personal statement

Interview for most competitive

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ADMISSIONS PROCESS Early admission confirmation offered to the

most competitive candidates following interview dates.

Early application is strongly encouraged. Do not wait until the deadline if application is otherwise complete.

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TUITION ACADEMIC YEAR 2010/2011Texas Resident:

$211/semester hour x 119 hrs = $25,109Non-Resident:

$525/semester hour x 119= $62,475Fees:

student services ($250/semester) medical services ($75/semester)

computer usage fee ($81.66/semester)BLS/ACLS course fee ($130)

malpractice ($61/year)anatomy lab ($380)graduation ($120)

books ($2,500)

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TUITION PLUS FEESTexas Resident:

$28,768 over 31 months, or $928/month ($11,136/year)

Non-Texas Resident:

$66,133 over 31 months, or $2133/month ($25,596/year)

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DEAN’S COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIPS $1,000 merit-based award per year

Texas resident tuition rates for selected non-Texas residents

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SUMMER SEMESTER 1 13 Semester Hours Total

Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy Lab

Human Physiology

Introduction to Human Neuroscience

Professional Practice Issues I

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FALL SEMESTER 116 Semester Hours Total

Clinical Medicine I

Integration Skills I

Introduction to Pathology

Medical Spanish I

Patient Evaluation I

Pharmacology I

Professional Development

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SPRING SEMESTER 1 16 Semester Hours Total

Clinical Medicine II

Clinical Prevention & Population Health

Evidence Based Medicine

Integration Skills II

Medical Spanish II

Patient Evaluation II

Pharmacology II

Professional Development

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SUMMER SEMESTER 2 13 Semester Hours Total

Clinical Medicine III

Clinical Skills

Medical Spanish III

Patient Evaluation III

Psychiatry

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSInternal Medicine/Hospitalist: 8 weeks

Parkland Hospital, St Paul University Hospital

Scott & White Medical Center

Hospitalist inpatient teams led by staff attending physicians

Student housing provided at Scott & White

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSEmergency Medicine: 4 Weeks

Parkland Hospital

Presbyterian Hospital

Methodist Medical Center

Charlton Methodist Hospital

Medical Center of Plano 4 weeks ER: 12 twelve-hour shifts

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSSurgery: 4 Weeks

Parkland Hospital

Zale Lipshy University Hospital

St. Paul University Hospital

Dallas VA Hospital 4 weeks Surgery: Inpatient wards, 7 days

per week

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSPediatrics: 6 weeks

Private practice settings

Dallas-Based Community Oriented Primary Care Clinics (COPC)

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSObstetrics and Gynecology: 6 weeks

Parkland Hospital 3 weeks Labor & Delivery: call included 3 weeks Outpatient Gynecology

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSFamily Medicine: 8 weeks

Multiple private practice sites in greater Dallas area

Outpatient-based

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSPsychiatry: 4 weeks

Hospital and Correctional Facility based In-patient – 2 weeks Out-patient – 2 weeks

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSInfectious Disease: 4 weeks

Parkland Memorial Hospital

Dallas Veterans Medical Center

Private practice settings

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSSelective: 4 weeks Orthopedics Rheumatology Allergy/Immunology Bariatric Surgery Trauma Service Dermatology

Adolescent Medicine Hematology Surgery Internal Medicine Nephrology Urology

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CLINICAL ROTATIONSElective: 4 weeks

Approximately 25 to choose from

Popular choices include dermatology, surgery specialties, emergency medicine

International possibilities

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PARKLAND HOSPITAL Parkland delivers more babies each year than

any other hospital in the country. Internationally recognized trauma and burn

centers. Specialty ER’s in Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry,

and OB-GYN. 40,570 admissions per year 990 beds New facility to open 2014

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DIDACTIC HIGHLIGHTSComplementary & Alternative Medicine

Evidence Based Medicine

Full Cadaver Dissection

Integrated Blocks of Instruction

Medical Spanish

PACKRAT Exam

PANCE Review Course

Professional Practice Issues

Simulated Patient Lab

Small Group Tutorials

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CLINICAL HIGHLIGHTS23 Clinical Sites Per Student

284 Affiliate Clinical Sites

Balanced Mix of Private, Public, Inpatient and Outpatient

International Opportunities

Internationally Renowned Preceptors

Job Fair

Labor & Delivery

Résumé Workshop

Ten Rotations Over Four Semesters

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CLASS OF 2013 APPLICANT PROFILE

1143 applicants

131 interviewed

36 enrolled

30 women /6 men

3 non-Texas residents

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CLASS OF 2012 STUDENT PROFILE

Average age = 25

Average Science GPA = 3.66

Average Overall GPA = 3.72

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RANKING

Out of 123 Programs Ranked

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: 8th

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COMPETITIVE APPLICANT Bachelor’s degree with greater than 50

semester hours in science courses Greater than 3.25 overall/science GPAs Hands-on patient care experience Leadership evidence Superior references Mature, insightful essay Service evidence Superior people skills

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PANCEPhysician Assistant National Certifying Examination

Always inquire about first-time pass rates

Our five-year averages are: 2010 – 100% 2009 – 100% 2008 – 100% 2007 – 100% 2006 – 97%

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PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Accreditation required for PA licensure and certification

Longer accreditation typically awarded to programs with established records of excellence

Maximum accreditation = 7 years

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UT SOUTHWESTERN FACULTY Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, M.P.A.S., PA-C

Laurette Dekat, M.D., M.P.H.

Melissa Hawkins, M.M.S., PA-C

Jennie Hocking, M.P.A.S., PA-C

P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C

Dave Klocko, M.P.A.S., PA-C

Sophia Serrano, M.P.A.S., PA-C

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UT SOUTHWESTERN STAFF Cana Cameron, Administrative Assistant

JoAnn Hing, Education Coordinator

Isela Perez, Education Coordinator

Heather Salinas, Administrative Associate

Yolanda Zambrano, Administrative Assistant

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NOBEL LAUREATES

Michael Brown, M.D. Bruce Beutler, M.D. Johann Deisenhofer, Ph.D. Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D. Joseph Goldstein, M.D.

More than any other medical center in the world

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NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Of the 21 members of the National Academy of

Sciences working at Texas Academic Health Centers, 17 are faculty at UT Southwestern.

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APPLICATION SERVICE Web-based application system sponsored by the

Association of PA Programs.

Allows applicants to apply to any number of participating PA programs.

Avoid the deadline; early application recommended.

Apply to several programs if being a PA is your ultimate goal. Applying to only one program is not advised.

www.caspaonline.org

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APPLICATION COSTNumber of Designated CASPA Programs

1. $175

2. $220

3. $265

4. $310

5. $355

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WEB SITEUT Southwestern PA Department Home Page

www.utsouthwestern.edu/pa

catalog, course descriptions, application information, general information

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OTHER SITESAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants

(AAPA) www.aapa.org

Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA)

www.tapa.org

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) www.paeaonline.org

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WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOROur students demonstrate…

A strong work ethic

Professionalism

Attitude

Aptitude

Maturity

Commitment

Humility

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CONCLUSION