The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program's mission is to prepare physician assistants who demonstrate clinical excellence; embrace diversity, equity and inclusion; advocate for their patients; lead and advance the profession; and serve their communities.
The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program will be a preeminent leader in physician assistant education. Through shared transformative experiences and discovery, our students, alumni, and faculty will emerge as leaders committed to health equity and quality care for all.
We believe that physician assistants transform patient care through:
- a commitment to patients, families and communities, and
- the delivery of equitable, team-based, patient-centered care that is driven by evidence.
- Educate future health professionals who possess superior knowledge and skills.
- Recruit and select a diverse community of highly qualified students committed to the PA profession and delivery of equitable care.
- Prepare physician assistant students to function as professional members of the health care team in varied clinical settings and disciplines.
- Foster an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of communities.
- Encourage professional involvement, leadership and service.
- Instill a commitment to continuous personal and professional development
Successful achievement of our goals is demonstrated through several metrics. Indicators of achieving our goal of educating health professionals who will possess superior knowledge and skills is linked to Program performance on the PANCE (96% five year pass rate). Admissions data related to demographics and characteristics of the student body are tracked and summarized at the end of each admissions cycle and linked to the Program goal of "recruit and select a diverse community of students." The goal of addressing "awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of communities" is measured by faculty and student participation rates in service and outreach to vulnerable population groups (collectively contributing more than 1,000 hours per year). The goal of "encourage professional involvement, leadership and service" is evidenced by student and faculty participation in AAPA (i.e., 100% faculty are AAPA members, more than 50% of faculty serving in a leadership capacity at the state or national level, and student membership in the AAPA exceeding 75%).