Featured Associate: Emory & Henry College

The Emory & Henry College (E&H) Master of PA Studies (MPAS) program is a graduate program based in Marion, VA, a rural community located in the heart of the mountains of southwest Virginia, right off the Appalachian Trail. Committed to integrating the most current and effective instructional strategies, technology, and learning experiences, we strive to best prepare our students to meet the present and future healthcare needs of the region and the nation. With a primary goal to reduce suffering and empower our patients to lead lives of greater contentment, we focus on faculty, student and patient contentment throughout the PA program.

The graduate programs within the E&H School of Health Sciences were developed at the request of local communities to assist in meeting the needs of the region. Given this, our training emphasis is on rural primary care for the underserved. Understanding that such an emphasis demands training students to be capable of treating patients with highly complex medical conditions and comorbidities, our students will be well trained to pursue entry-level physician assistant practice in any specialty and in any location.

The goal of the E&H MPAS Program is to train the next and future generations of advanced practice providers of the highest caliber and devotion, assisting our students to lead lives of service, pursue and obtain productive careers, and participate wholeheartedly in global citizenship. It is our equally important goal to bring back the heart in medical practice, to infuse compassion, mindfulness, and cultural awareness and humility, and to train our students to become well-rounded practitioners who are able to meet their patients’ needs at pursuing lives of greater meaning and contentment.

The mission of the E&H MPAS program is to: provide graduate-level education in an interdisciplinary environment that prepares our students for careers as PAs; improve access to high-quality, compassionate, culturally sensitive, patient-centered, evidence-based medical care in rural and underserved areas; foster professionalism among our students and graduates; foster critical thinking and life-long learning promoting improved patient experiences and outcomes; and foster continuous mindfulness practices in healthcare.

Highlights of the E&H PA Program include the following:

♦ State-of-the-Art facilities including 10 room interprofessional simulation suite with both standardized patient examination rooms and high-fidelity simulation mannequin hospital room, 20-bay clinical skills exam lab with a teaching bay equipped with cameras for whole-class viewing of teaching activities, and fully-equipped cadaver lab

♦ Seasoned faculty with clinical experience in primary care and specialty practice areas, all of whom continue to practice in their specialty area

♦ Student-centric program with small class size (maximum of 40 students per cohort)

♦ Team- and case-based active-learning strategies embedded throughout program

♦ Emphasis on rural primary care for the underserved

♦ Emphasis on behavioral medicine and mindfulness practices in healthcare

♦ Students begin clinical experiences in their second semester, precepted by their principal faculty, at an on-campus free clinic

♦ All supervised clinical practice experiences located within a 90-minute drive of the campus, and most well-within 30 minutes of the campus

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