The role of the Physician Assistant is demonstrated in a wide range of organizational and clinical practice settings alongside physicians and other care providers. The profession has defined the knowledge, skills and attitudes required and the needed educational experiences requisite to the acquisition of the following core competencies for new physician assistant graduates. The elements within each of the competency domains that appear below have been adopted by the faculty of the Indiana University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program to communicate expected entry-levels of performance at the time of graduation from the IU MPAS Program.
Clinical reasoning skills and core knowledge about up-to-date scientific evidence to inform clinical reasoning and clinical judgment.
- Demonstrate the medical and psychosocial knowledge necessary for both health promotion and prevention disease across the lifespan. (PCPK1)
- Demonstrate the medical and psychosocial knowledge for evaluation and management a variety of clinical presentations throughout the lifespan. (PCPK2)
- Demonstrate ability to locate, appraise and integrate evidence from scientific studies related to patients’ health problems. (PCPK3)
Recognize and understand that the influences of the larger community may affect the health of patients and integrate knowledge of social determinants of health into care decisions.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of the cultural norms, needs, influences, and socioeconomic, environmental, and other population-level determinants affecting the health of the individual and community being served. (SPH1)
- Understand the role of structural disparities in causing illness. (SPH2)
- Demonstrate self-reflection of personal and professional limitations in providing care (SPH3)
Communication skills necessary to engage in shared decision-making with patients as partners in their care.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. (HLC1)
- Demonstrate effective communication to obtain information central to the patient’s unique personal, cultural, and social values necessary for shared decision-making to devise management plans in accordance with the patient’s values and preferences (HLC2)
- Communicate with patients in a manner that permits the patient to adequately understand their condition and management plan. (HLC3)
- Participate in difficult conversations with patients and colleagues (HLC4)
Teamwork that is key to delivering safe, quality health care, in a way that is complementary to the goals of the provider-patient partnership.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively work within an interdisciplinary health care team (ICP1)
- Demonstrate knowledge of when referrals are needed and make them to the appropriate health care provider. (ICP2)
Practice medicine in ethically and legally appropriate ways and demonstration of professional maturity and accountability for delivering safe and quality care to patients and populations.
- Demonstrate professional interactions and accountability to the physician assistant profession, patients, families, and healthcare team. (PLAH1)
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of understanding of the physician assistant role including ethical and professional standards regarding the physician assistant profession. (PLAH2)
- Demonstrate self-reflection of one’s limits and boundaries necessary to establish self-care. (PLAH3)
Essential knowledge and skills needed to successfully navigate the health care system to deliver high-quality, value-based, patient-centered care.
- Appreciate the value of the collaborative physician/PA relationship (HCFS1)
- Understand the different types of health systems, funding streams, and insurance in order to recognize the financial implications to the provision of healthcare. (HCFS2)