The demand for physician assistants continues to increase in both primary care and in specialty areas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the expansion of healthcare industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which results in increasing use of PAs by healthcare establishments.”
In 2002, the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) began a research project that resulted in the ‘New Model’ of family practice which states: “Patient care in the New Model will be provided through a multidisciplinary team approach and will be dependent on a deep understanding of the population served by the practice. In addition to the usual clerical and nursing personnel, staffing will typically include physician assistants ….”
One of the original goals of the PA profession was to help increase primary care providers. The 2008 Consensus Report from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) shows that 37% of respondents practice in a primary care field. Of the 30,000 PAs working in primary care, about 20% work in community health centers, certified rural health clinics and in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), both urban and rural.
With that and the clear need for Physician Assistants in a new model for healthcare in our country, the faculty of the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute designed a curriculum that would respond to the needs of our patients, our healthcare system, and our profession.
Our 28 month curriculum will provide the graduate with a solid foundation in the basic and clinical sciences, integrative medicine and a global health perspective. Our obligation is to educate our students to develop their confidence, knowledge and skills to enter the practice of medicine as a Physician Assistant. Finally, Our Motto: Adiuvare, Mederi, Communiter (To Help, To Heal, Together) is our commitment to you, your education and your future patients.
We look forward to your application.
Dr. Daniel Cervonka, PA-C, DHSc.