Reasons to attend BCM PA Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Located in the largest medical center in the world, Baylor College of Medicine is recognized as the premier private academic health science center in the Greater Southwest, known world-wide for excellence in education, research and patient care, ranked as one of the top 25 medical schools for research, and trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows.
A mix of public and private institutions and community-based facilities provides a rich exposure to patients and families from many cultures and ethnic groups that expose students to health beliefs and practices influenced by cultural origins that provide an understanding of how to approach the provision of patient-centered care.
Team-based instruction occurs within the didactic and clinical phases of the curriculum with interdisciplinary experiences involving various mixes of medical, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant, pharmacy, social work, and nursing students providing a rich experience in the area of role socialization.
The education, research and service roles of the eight principal faculty of the PA Program ensure student exposure to seasoned instructors, reputable researchers, and clinicians in active clinical practice in the specialties of emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology.
Faculty of the program are leading educational efforts to change the brief screening and treatment practices of resident in substance abuse, preparing faculty for expanded roles in the teaching of behavioral counseling skills, developing instructional resources to enhance the quality of cancer education in PA Programs, and devising strategies for the assessment of student perceived self-efficacy with respect to core competencies of the profession.
An important element within the curriculum of the PA Program is the service learning requirement that provides students with early exposures to underserved members of the Burmese refugee community in Houston and the social and medical issues that beset this linguistically isolated population.
The program offers extensive support for student involvement in the activities of their profession with a continuing record of students filling leadership roles in the national student academy at the highest levels on a repeat basis.
The College provides access to standardized patients, a simulation skills center, Internet course and rotation evaluation tools, streaming videos of lectures, and quality after-class environments for study.