Programa de grau médico do mestre Assistente prevista para Maio 2019
Aplicações estão sendo aceitas para médico assistente planejado de FSU (PA) programa de mestrado, que recebeu aprovação da Comissão de Educação Superior de Maryland e do Sistema Universitário de Maryland para ser oferecido no Sistema Universitário de Maryland em Hagerstown.
O programa, a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies, is the result of a 2013 request from local and state health care leaders, who asked FSU to consider developing a program that would attract students who want to work and live in the Western Maryland region and surrounding areas. This request was in response to the growing shortage of health care providers in the region, a shortage brought on by increased demand for access to health care due to an aging population, aging physician population and increased access to health insurance from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
PAs are medical professionals who practice in every medical setting and diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications and increasingly serve as a patient’s principal health-care provider.
“Soon after arriving at FSU in 2016, I saw the program’s development plan and was in full support,” said President Ronald Nowaczyk. “This initiative is exactly the type of program FSU wants to create to fulfill our commitment as a partner in workforce development in the region.
“The health-care industry is the largest employer in Maryland’s three westernmost counties," Ele continuou, “E FSU é um parceiro educacional comprometida para garantir que estamos a responder às nossas necessidades regionais. Também reconhecemos o papel da FSU para ajudar a melhorar a saúde em Maryland rural por educar os profissionais de saúde para cuidar dos cidadãos do Estado “.
“Este programa tem sido possível através de uma verdadeira, esforço da comunidade colaborativa,"Disse Beth Smolko, diretor do programa de PA do FSU. “Fomos surpreendidos com o apoio mostrado para nós a partir de sistemas regionais de saúde, particularly Meritus Health System and Western Maryland Health System. We are also grateful to local philanthropists, the Appalachian Regional Commission, local and state political leaders, USM Board of Regents, USM at Hagerstown and regional physicians and advanced practice providers, particularly Dr. Sean McCagh, who was part of the group to bring the idea to FSU. Without this collaboration, this program would not be possible.”
Smolko added that physician assistant programs are known to be among some of the most difficult programs to develop to full implementation due to the rigorous accreditation standards and need for resources.
“The support of our community partners has truly set this program in motion for success because it is built on a foundation of partnership and a mission to develop PAs who want to serve rural and medically underserved communities, like those found in Western Maryland and surrounding areas,” Smolko said.
The program will be offered at USMH, thanks to the partnership of Meritus Health System, which has provided the facility for the program; the Appalachian Regional Commission; and local philanthropists who provided funding to assist with the renovation and equipment purchase.
The program will be taught at the USMH Agnita Stine Schreiber Health Science Center, 24 Walnut St., in Hagerstown.
FSU has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). FSU anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2019, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2019 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students, if fully implemented as planned, parecem demonstrar a capacidade do programa para atender às normas ARC-PA ou quando um programa segurando status de Acreditação-Provisória parece demonstrar o progresso contínuo no cumprimento das normas, que se prepara para a formatura da primeira turma de alunos.
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