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Barry University's new Center for Community Health and Minority Medicine Building.

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Barry University's Health Education Center OP Building.

Program Overview

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Physician Assistant Program is to prepare well-trained health care providers who will extend and complement the capabilities of physicians in primary health care delivery. This purpose is accomplished in a responsive academic and clinical environment conducive to the pursuit of excellence in graduate medical science education, research, and community service.

Program Objectives

To accomplish its purpose and keep with the mission of Barry University, the Physician Assistant Program has established the following objectives for graduates. They will:

  • Have a competent foundation and broad knowledge of basic medical science
  • Be able to obtain an accurate patient database, integrate the information elicited, formulate treatment plans for common problems, and communicate effectively with patients, supervising physicians, and other health care providers
  • Have a sufficient knowledge of research design and statistics to be able to read, interpret, and comprehend the medical literature
  • Have an understanding of the legal limitations of practice, the separate and common roles of medical, nursing, and other members of the health care delivery community, and community factors that have an impact on the local, state, and national patient population’s health status
  • Be used extensively to improve instruction, to develop faculty, student, and staff technological self-efficacy, to manage evaluation data, and to facilitate the administration of the program
  • Have a heightened awareness of culturally sensitive issues in PA medical practice
  • Be able to conduct clinical interviews
  • Be able to interpret subjective information to determine the necessary evaluation and management
  • Be able to conduct appropriate physical examinations
  • Be able to provide effective health care in a multicultural setting
  • Be able to develop a differential diagnosis
  • Be able to initiate appropriate and cost-effective clinical intervention
  • Be able to manage or refer patients with refractory symptoms or complex diseases
  • Be able to identify risk factors that warrant screening for early detection of disease
  • Be able to provide continuity of family care from prenatal to end-of-life care
  • Be able to maintain accurate patient records and medical databases
  • Be able to counsel patients about healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors
  • Be able to educate patients about community resources

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