University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Master of PA Studies Program
Established in Dallas, Texas in 1972, the UT Southwestern Medical Center Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program enrolls one class of 36 students per year. The curriculum includes a full human cadaver dissection lab, four semesters of didactic content and four semesters of clinical rotations, with medically underserved and international clinical placement opportunities.
The hub of clinical training is Parkland Memorial Hospital, a 990-bed county facility that admits nearly 41,000 patients a year and delivers more babies than any other hospital in the nation. Parkland has earned a place on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for 16 consecutive years, and operates internationally recognized trauma and burn centers. The new Parkland Hospital is set to open in 2014. In addition to Parkland, expanding campus clinical training facilities will include the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, also opening in 2014 as a state-of-the-art 460 bed teaching hospital. The PA Program is centrally located between both new hospitals.
Since 1993, The UT Southwestern PA Program is led by P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C. In the last six years, the program’s first-time PANCE pass rate is 100 percent.
Photograph is courtesy of the UT Southwestern Medical Center Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.