2012-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Physician Assistant Science, M.P.A.S.
Chair: Donna L. Yeisley, M.Ed., PA-C
Medical Directors: Mitch Joseph, D.O., Lawrence Stem, M.D.
Adjunct Faculty in Physician Assistant Science: Donna Balewick, M.D.; Peter Bartolomucci, RN; David Beck, PA-C; Donald Beckstead, M.D.; Elliot Bilofsky, D.O.; Eric Bridenbaugh, PA-C; Adam Budny, D.P.M.; Thomas Burk, M.D.; Miriam Chesky, PA-C; Penne Edgell, M.D.; Kelly Fama, PA-C; Heather Gides, PA-C; Lawrence Glad, M.D.; Philip Hall, M.D.; Dana Harris, PA-C; Liz Heverly, PA-C; Tanya Holsopple, D.O.; Bryan Hummel, MPAS, PA-C; Mitchell Joseph, D.O.; Peter Kreckel, RPh; Patrick Lenz, M.D.; Alicia Lombardo, O.D.; Jane Maslonik, RD; Michael Moses, M.D.; Kimberly Muffie, PA-C; Michael Nowak, MPAS, PA-C; Christine Pascual, D.O.; Michael Pedone, D.O.; Matt Phillips, MPAS, PA-C; Joshua Port, M.D.; Stephen Pyo, PA-C; Timothy Reitz, NREMT-P; Dawn Repko, M.D.; Ryan Richards, PA-C; Gary Risko, PA-C; Justine Roberts, PA-C; Jack Rocco, M.D.; Jeffry Rosch, M.D.; Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D.; Steve Ruddeck, PA-C; Robert Singer, D.O.; Marissa Smay, PA-C; Lawrence Stem, M.D.; Carrie Watts, PA-C; Beth Woods, PA-C; Stephen Yanoshak, D.O.; Stephanie Young, D.O.
Clinical Preceptors: Ali Alboosi, M.D.; Tara Assi, PA-C; Johnnie Barto, M.D.; Kenneth Bill, D.O.; Elliot Bilofsky, D.O.; Howard Black, M.D.; Kathryn Burroughs, PA-C; Joseph Castel, M.D.; George Castellano, M.D.; Dan Church, M.D.; Timothy Coombs, M.D.; George Cummings, III, D.O.; Daniel Delp, M.D.; Tony Drummond, PA-C; Nathan Duer, M.D.; Penne Edgell, M.D.; Bettina Ellsworth, M.D., William Fink, M.D.; Bruce Foster, D.O.; Chris George, PA-C; James Gides, PA-C; Lawrence Glad, M.D.; Robin Golden, PA-C; Jerry Gray, M.D.; Patrick Gray, M.D.; James Gregory, M.D.; Phill Hall, M.D.; Michael Halter, D.O.; Tamara Hoffman, D.O.; Damian Horner, D.O.; Patricia Hoyne, M.D.; Ameena Jabir, M.D.; Rizwan Jabir, M.D.; Steve Jarboe, PA-C; Shaun Jester, D.O.; Mitch Joseph, D.O.; Joseph Jurand, M.D.; Justin Kirk, PA-C; Ben Klennert, PA-C; Frank Kush, M.D.; Beth Lambert, M.D.; Kathleen LaVorgna, M.D.; Kyle Lingenfelter, M.D.; James Mansberger, D.O.; Liz Matray, PA-C; David McConnell, Jr., M.D.; Mark McConnell, PA-C; E. William McGrath, M.D.; Fiona McLellan, M.D.; Stacy Merrow, PA-C; Kevin Messner, M.D.; Michael Namey, D.O.; Aileen Oandasan, M.D.; John Onderko, PA-C; Kisher Patel, M.D.; Tejas Patel, M.D.; Paige Patterson, M.D.; Robert Potter, Jr., M.D.; Laurie Powel, CNM; Bryan Ronan, PA-C; Virginia Roth, PA-C; Travis Rudge, PA-C; Kevin Sanders, PA-C; Stephen Schmidt, M.D.; Russell Sharpless, PA-C; Douglas Stern, D.O.; James Stewart, M.D.; Robert Sussman, M.D.; Luihi Tang, M.D.; James Tatum, M.D.; Sunny Thomas, M.D.; Jeff Trimbath, PA-C; Scott Turkin, M.D.; Daniel Wehner, M.D.; Kenneth Williams, M.D.
The Physician Assistant is trained to carry out many routine responsibilities traditionally performed only by physicians. These may include diagnostic, therapeutic, administrative and counseling functions. Under the supervision of a physician, the Physician Assistant may elicit medical histories, perform physical examinations, order and interpret laboratory and other diagnostic procedures, prepare case summaries, formulate treatment plans, provide patient education, and carry out other duties incidental to the particular clinic, hospital, or specialty practice involved.
Admission to the Physician Assistant Program is a competitive process. A student (graduate) that will have a completed baccalaureate degree before enrollment applies through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants at Web site www.caspaonline.org. Graduate applicants are further evaluated by the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences and required to participate in the Physician Assistant Program's admission process. Meeting the minimum standards of admission does not guarantee acceptance. All students enrolled in the Program must be able to meet the Department’s student technical standards. For complete information on Physician Assistant Program admission, contact the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences.
The professional phase of the Physician Assistant Program consists of a year of didactic study, followed by a year of clinical experiences.
The MPAS Program didactic year (year 01) is designed on the medical model to prepare students to become primary care clinicians. The three-semester curriculum is built around core courses in clinical medicine (CM), anatomy and physiology (A&P), history-taking/physical exam (H&P) and pharmacology. Other areas of study include infectious disease, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine, clinical skills, surgery, well child, public health and research methods. As part of applied anatomy and physiology, gross anatomy utilizes cadavers to complement lecture presentation.
During the clinical year, all students are required to complete the following rotations: eight credits of family practice or four credits of family practice and four credits of primary care, with approval by the Department, and four credits each of internal medicine, emergency medicine, women's health, pediatrics, surgery, behavioral medicine, and a four-credit elective that will allow further investigation of an area of medicine that personally interests or assists the student in furthering his/her educational goals. Any site/specialty choices for elective rotations must be approved by the Department faculty. All clinical clerkships must be approved by the clinical coordinator prior to registration. Also during the clinical year, each student will complete the Transition to Clinical Practice course. This course is designed to provide a bridge experience for the student who is completing clinical rotations by addressing issues germane to everyday PA practice. Included within this course is a capstone experience and summative evaluation which must be completed at a satisfactory level.
Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites and general clerkships during the professional phase. Please realize that clinical year rotations may require travel outside of Pennsylvania. Housing during clinical year is the student's responsibility. All students must also be covered by malpractice insurance while in the professional phase. Students are required to pass drug and criminal background checks to progress in or graduate from the Program.
Progression within Master of Physician Assistant Science major
Progression and continuance in the Physician Assistant Program are based upon scholastic achievement, health maintenance and adherence to Saint Francis University and Departmental policies. The progression and technical standards for the Master of Physician Assistant Science major can be obtained from the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences.
In addition to the academic progression standards and the degree requirements as listed below, Physician Assistant majors must adhere to the Physician Assistant program policies as stated in the current Department Policy Manual. Policy manuals may be reviewed on the Department Web Site. Please note that the Program reserves the right to change, modify or amend progression standards and Program policies prior to matriculation in the major as a freshman or didactic year student.
Any student who wishes to appeal a dismissal may request in writing to the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences Chair to appear before the Physician Assistant Performance Review Committee. Appeals must be received in the Department office within ten days after the student receives notification from the Department regarding action as discussed above.
Only current Physician Assistant majors are eligible to register for PHYA and MPAS courses, with the exception of PHYA 110.