Mission, Vision and Goals

Physician Assistant Program Mission

To recruit exemplary individuals from diverse backgrounds while creating an environment of academic excellence, leadership, and scholarly activity that produces culturally competent, compassionate Physician Assistants who practice evidence-based medicine and who are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the community.

Physician Assistant Program Vision

The Lake Erie College Physician Assistant program will be an exemplary leader in physician assistant sciences education. Through transformative experiences, students and faculty will emerge as community leaders and advocates for outstanding, comprehensive and integrated healthcare for the world’s population.

Physician Assistant Program Goals
Our goals are to prepare physician assistants to:

  1. Provide highly skilled healthcare.
  2. Practice evidence based medicine and utilize current guidelines.
  3. Promote and foster collaborative teamwork.
  4. Provide medical, social, emotional, and spiritual support and compassion for patients of all cultures and backgrounds.
  5. Enrich the community through service.
  6. Be committed to professional development.
  7. Foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems.

Effectiveness in achieving goals for the Class of 2016:

  1. All students have shown the ability to provide highly skilled healthcare.  All students have passed a pre-clinical summative examination and final summative examination.  In addition, the class scored over 4% higher than the national average for the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool and over 4% higher for the PAEA End of Rotation Examinations. The class of 2016 has achieved a 100% first time PANCE pass rate.
  2. All students have created innovative literature reviews with intent on improving quality of medicine.  In addition, 6 students have had these reviews published in peer-reviewed journals.
  3. All students have demonstrated collaborative integration through teamwork during problem based learning.  Students on average scored above 95% for their proficiency.
  4. All students have demonstrated the ability to provide medical, social, emotional, and spiritual support and compassion for patients of all cultures and backgrounds. All students have passed an objective examination on compassion.  In addition, all students have shown proficiency in compassion during objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing.   The class scored an average of 4.93 out of 5.00 scale by preceptors for “interaction with patients.” All students have demonstrated cultural sensitivity in passing a written examination in this content area.  In addition, all students have demonstrated cultural sensitivity in multiple biomedical ethics topics in group discussion. All students have demonstrated proficiency in medical, social, emotional, spiritual support for patients during 3 formative and a final summative OSCE.
  5. All students have demonstrated community service.  All have participated in a community service learning project and have continued with community projects including Medwish, Hospice of Western Reserve, Victory Gallop, Fresh Air Camp, Kids Kicking Cancer, Free Clinic, and Relay for Life.
  6. All students have shown commitment to personal and professional development.  The class has 100% membership in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants.  All students have attended additional Lunch and Learn sessions for personal development as well interprofessional Tumor Board sessions at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.  All students have attended a national board review.
  7. The program continues foster relationships to support Northeast Ohio regional health systems. Many healthcare related services projects have been performed in the area as described previously. Over 70% of clinical rotations took place in the Northeast Ohio area. 58% of students in the Class of 2016 obtained physician assistant jobs in the Northeast Ohio region and will help to serve the community.

Physician Assistant Guiding Principles
The philosophy, values and beliefs of the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant faculty guide the educational principles upon which the curriculum is built:

  • Clinical problem solving
  • Utilizing evidenced-based medicine
  • Team work and collaborative spirit
  • Compassion
  • Self-direction and active participation in learning
  • Leadership in self, community, and global populations
  • Lifelong learning
  • Commitment to patient care

Distinctive Characteristics of a Lake Erie College Education

Lake Erie College sets distinguishing goals including innovation, activation, and collaboration.

INNOVATE: The PA program will foster an innovative spirit in students, providing them with confidence in themselves and their ability to achieve their objectives. The application of innovation and creativity is the heart of entrepreneurship and self-directed engagement.

ACTIVATE: The PA program will utilize hands-on activities, early clinical exposure, active literature search of evidence-based medicine, problem-based learning, and supervised clinical practice. This will enable students to apply theory to practice, allowing them to absorb information more effectively and teaching them how to transfer successes from one area to another in their personal and professional lives.

COLLABORATE: The PA program will consider cultural and social interdependence in medicine. It will provide graduates with an enduring foundation for living in our complex and demanding society.