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                                               The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

(ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the Army Medical Department Center & School, Academy of Health Sciences. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2015. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Mission Statement

To provide the uniformed services with highly competent, compassionate physician assistants who model integrity, strive for leadership excellence, and are committed to lifelong learning

Vision Statement

To be recognized as the world-class leader in physician assistant education

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Attitude
  • Professionalism

 

Guiding Principles

  • To provide leadership and education of the highest quality and greatest value to our students, thereby instilling a lifelong desire for growth and learning
  • To immerse faculty and students in an environment that fosters a sense of academic and professional excellence
  • To educate the future leaders of military medicine to become the most dynamic and highest quality physician assistants possible
  • To demonstrate personal integrity and ethical conduct

 

Program Goals

  • Provide a quality curriculum by teaching basic sciences and a conceptual framework in the applied sciences to enable students to assimilate information and develop problem solving skills.Prepare students for primary care practice with an emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of mental and physical disorders.
  • Prepare students for their uniformed services role as primary care providers in peacetime and in conflict.
  • Prepare students to successfully complete requirements for certification as physician assistants.
  • Prepare students to contribute to the physician assistant profession in clinical practice, research, teaching, service, and community activity.
  • Provide a professional and educational foundation which graduates will use to develop a personal professional development plan while in the military, or as a civilian.
  • Develop and support academic and clinical faculty as role models, educators, clinicians, and scholars.
  • Support academic faculty members in their contributions to the PA profession.
  • Support the development of IPAP graduates as clinicians, leaders, and scholars.
  • Develop the future officers within the Uniformed Services.
  • Prepare graduates to provide medical care to patients from diverse populations.
  • Graduates of the IPAP will possess the knowledge and skills to accomplish the following minimum critical functions in the family practice setting:
    1. Given a patient with any disease, disorder, or injury: Accurately assess and record a comprehensive history to include a chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical history, past surgical history, family history, social history, and an appropriate review of systems for any contributing symptoms to the chief complaint.
    2.   Given a patient with any disease, disorder, or injury: Perform both a comprehensive and problem oriented physical examination, recording both positive and negative findings appropriately, organize written notes in a standard and legible format for presentation to the supervising physician.
    3. Given a history and the results of a physical examination: State the most probable diagnoses and describe the pathophysiologic process associated with each diagnosis.
    4. Order, interpret, and report appropriate laboratory and radiographic findings that are necessary to present to the supervising physician for possible therapy.
    5. Identify pertinent data obtained from the patient and the examination and incorporate into a problem focused plan.
    6. Plan and implement appropriate primary care treatment plans and medical education, such as applicable life style changes, within the time, equipment and supply limitations of the medical facility to which assigned. Discuss and instruct patient on a treatment plan.
    7. Given the results of a history, a physical examination, and appropriate laboratory and radiographic findings, for a wide variety of disease processes and injuries, determine which clinical cases may require further medical or surgical specialty consultation for diagnosis and/or treatment.
    8. Formulate treatment plans that are relevant to the patient in resolution of his/her medical problem.
    9. Perform patient education and counseling for patient compliance, family planning, wellness, and health maintenance.
    10. Given environmental conditions or clinical cases: Identify clinical or social situations which may have public health significance and ultimately recommend and implement preventive measures.
    11. Given a medical or surgical emergency: Perform an appropriate initial evaluation to stabilize and manage the patient until transferred to the care of a physician.
    12. Apply clinical knowledge obtained in behavioral concepts related to health care in interpersonal relationships with patients.
    13. Given raw medical data (including history and physical examination), communicate this information both orally and in writing to another health care provider, in a clear, concise, and well organized manner.
    14. Demonstrate personal conduct, behavior and the professional qualities required of an officer and a health care professional. Continually evaluate one`s own performance as a physician assistant.
    15. Become involved in the professional organizations that represent physician assistants on the local, state, and national level.
    16. Participate in an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach in providing high quality, efficient and effective healthcare to our beneficiaries.

                                             All Students will be evaluated on these program-defined learning outcomes (1-16) 

Program expectations

Expectations are attributes, characteristics or behaviors that are not explicitly part of the profession`s core of knowledge and technical skills but are nevertheless required for success in this program and in the PA profession. All of the following are very important, but you are especially reminded to read and fully understand #7 – Professionalism.

  • COMMITMENT TO LEARNING: The ability to self-correct, and self-direct: to identify needs and sources of learning; and to continually seek new knowledge and understanding.
  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: The ability to interact effectively with patients, families, colleagues, other health care professionals, and the community and to deal effectively with cultural and ethnic diversity issues. The ability to show respect to classmates, faculty, patients, and colleagues.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS: The ability to communicate effectively (i.e., speaking, body language, reading, writing, listening) for varied audiences and purposes.
  • EFFECTIVE USE OF TIME & RESOURCES: The ability to obtain the maximum benefit from a minimum investment of time and resources.
  • USE OF CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK: The ability to identify sources of and seek out feedback and to effectively use and provide feedback for improving personal interaction.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: The ability to recognize and define problems. Analyze data, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: The ability to exhibit appropriate professional conduct and to represent the profession effectively. Treat people as they should be treated.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: The ability to fulfill commitments and to be accountable for actions and outcomes. Do what is right, legally and morally.
  • CRITICAL THINKING: The ability to question logically; to identify, generate, and evaluate elements of logical argument; to recognize and differentiate facts, illusions, assumptions, and hidden assumptions; and to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT: The ability to identify sources of stress and to develop effective coping behaviors.

All students must understand the significance of the above and how academic success is predicated on mastery of understanding and application throughout this program and career as a PA.

History of the Physician Assistant

The profession of "Physician Assistants" has only been recognized since 1966. The lack of medical doctors in both the military and civilian health care systems led to the development of the Physician Assistant. In a 1961 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hudson first broached the subject of the "extern." This "extern" would be responsible for most of the technical procedures and some of the medical responsibilities of the medical doctor under whom they would work.

Dr. Eugene Stead, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina in 1965, developed the first Physician Assistant program. Using four ex-Navy corpsmen, the two-year Physician Assistant program began. The curriculum was based on the fast-tracking of a doctor`s program developed during World War II. In this program the first nine months were spent on sciences and clinical skills. The next 13 months were spent doing clerkships in a variety of hospital clinics. The final two months were spent with their preceptor learning their professional skills. The Public Health Service at Staten Island Hospital developed one early program. The merchant marines began a nine-month training program for purser mates (the people in the merchant marines responsible for overseeing ships` documentation and customs declarations, as well as medical care) in 1966. At the University of Washington, Dr. Richard Smith designed a program called MEDEX (Medicine Extension) to train former military medics to service areas of Washington State that were lacking in medical personnel. This program required three months of concentrated study and 12 months of preceptorship with University medical doctors.

Today, most programs are 27 months in length with the first 12-16 months spent in the classroom. The subjects studied include anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, disease processes, communication and patient assessment.

History of the Military Physician Assistant

The military Physician Assistant program was first developed by the United States Air Force in 1971 under the direction of the Air Force Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Alonzo Towner at Sheppard Air Force Base School of Heath Care Sciences in Texas and was modeled after the program developed by Stead at the University of North Carolina. The first enrollees in the program were senior enlisted medics. There was one year of didactic training followed by one year of on-the-job training; a four-year payback period was incurred. By 1978, the Air Force had 275 commissioned officers who were Physician Assistants. The United States Army began its Physician Assistant Program in 1971. The school that Army PA students attended was the Medical Field Services School PA program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Navy began their Physician Assistant program in 1971 as a trial program and by 1973 the Navy and George Washington University developed a partnership to train Physician Assistants. In 1972 the Navy and the Air Force began training Physician Assistants at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. The United States Coast Guard did not institute their own PA program but began accepting PAs from the civilian sector in 1974.

History of the Interservice Physician Assistant Program

The military services combined their various Physician Assistant programs to form the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP), located at the Army Medical Department Center and school (AMEDDC&S), Forts Sam Houston, Texas, due to mandatory cutbacks by the federal government in 1996.

The IPAP mission is to educate and train PAs for the uniformed services. Our graduates are commissioned into the officer corps of their respective service and take their place beside other military health care professionals in providing medical services to active duty military personnel, their dependents, and retirees.

In 1996, the IPAP at the AMEDDC&S reached an agreement with UNMC that the latter would provide faculty and administrative support for the IPAP. The IPAP graduate earns a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree from the affiliated university.

On behalf of the Commander and staff of the AMEDD C&S, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, we welcome you to the IPAP. As you will learn, we are responsible for the education of outstanding Physician Assistants for the uniformed services of the United States Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Our main campus is located on Historic Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in the heart of beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Here all IPAP students complete their 16-month didactic phase of training. Phase 1 consists of basic medical science courses intended to develop a student`s knowledge of critical medical concepts (see Phase 1 curriculum). After completing this portion of the curriculum, students continue with their medical clerkships at one of 22 medical Phase 2 sites across the country. These Phase 2 sites are located at military installations with medical facilities adequate to support the base rotations required to be a successful Physician Assistant (see Phase 2 curriculum). Our Phase 2 Site Clinical Coordinators are responsible for the administrative support and ensuring that clinical preceptors provide appropriate clinical training. This training allows IPAP students to obtain the skills necessary for becoming a physician assistant in the uniformed services. If you have further questions or concerns after viewing this portal, you may contact us at: 210-221-8004

IPAP Strengths & Success

  • Leverage strengths and talents from all military services across the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Outstanding faculty and staff representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard who are dedicated and committed to providing a top quality PA educational experience to all students.
  • Tremendous institutional support from Graduate School, Academy of Health Sciences, AMEDDC&S and at 22 dedicated Tri-Service MTF clinical training sites.
  • Get paid to learn, and pay absolutely no tuition or student fees, while enjoying no-cost laptop and book use during your pre-clinical phase.
  • Your place of duty will be IPAP.  You will continue to receive all military benefits (such as healthcare, dental, legal, and credit for military retirement) during the entire 29-month program.
  • Graduates, PA Consultants, the AHS Dean, Medical Commanders, and the Interservice Training Advisory Board all agree – the IPAP is an outstanding program which supplies the military with top-notch Officer-Clinicians who provide superior healthcare 24/7 around the world.
  • IPAP graduates have excellent opportunities for career growth, continuing education, and to serve in clinical and leadership positions such as:
    • Squadron PA
    • Carrier Strike Group PA
    • Battalion Surgeon
    • Brigade Surgeon
    • Deputy Commander for Clinical Operations
    • Clinic Officer in Charge
    • Public Health Commanders
    • Brigade Commander @ MTF
    • Company Commander
    • Flight Surgeon
    • Surgeon General Consultant
    • Research & Development
    • White House Medical Unit
    • Clinic Chief
    • Dept. Head, MTF
    • Director, Surgical Fellowship
    • Director, Emergency Medicine Fellowship
    • Faculty, IPAP
    • Director, PA constituent organizations

Other Measures of Success

According to the 2015 US News & World Report

 


NEWS INTERSERVICE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM Performance
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)-Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) Performance Report (Past 5-years)
NCCPA

Do you have what it takes?

 

“We are looking for applicants who possess a genuine passion to help others, are committed to excellence, have maturity, integrity, intellectual curiosity, and a strong desire for lifelong learning. If you fit the bill, then you have a wonderful opportunity to join the PA profession. Complete your prerequisite coursework, submit your application through your respective Service, get selected, and join us here at the world’s largest & best PA program!” –CDR Perry, IPAP Director

 

Prospective Students

 

  • Only Military applicants are accepted
  • Meet security clearance requirements
  • Under age 42 by commissioning
  • Tuition – none
  • Student activity fees – none
  • Off duty employment not authorized while at IPAP
  • Advance placement - none. Once selected, all students will complete the entire 29 month program
  • Loaner laptops, medical equipment, and textbooks provided during phase 1
  • All applicants must have completed the following:
    • A minimum of 60 semester hours, with emphasis in science course work
    • SAT
    • Basic Life Support (with current card)
    • Service unique applicant package

 

See provided links for service specific information and application specifics

 

INTERSERVICE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM UNIFORMED SERVICES

 
Army logo 
ARMY

http://www.usarec.army.mil/armypa

AF logo 
AIRFORCE

https://kx2.afms.mil/kj/kx3/afbsceducation

*CAC cardholder must request KX2 website access

Coast Guard logo 
COAST GUARD

http://www.uscg.mil/health/cg1122/pa.asp

Navy logo Navy logo2

NAVY

http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmotc/swmi/Pages/PhysicianAssistantProgramII.aspx

PHASE 2

http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/navmedmpte/nmotc/swmi/Pages/PhysicianAssistantProgramII.aspx

Other Navy Sites

http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/clinical-care/physician-assistant.html

 

CURRICULUM

Based on Army, Navy, Air Force, & Coast Guard Service requirements, NCCPA Blueprint, PA Competencies, and ARC-PA Standards. Curriculum development and life cycle maintenance per Interservice Training Review Organization rules of engagement, and approved by the Health Care - Interservice Training Advisory Board. IPAP curriculum also thoroughly reviewed by university affiliate.

 

All students have full access to course requirements via University of Nebraska Medical Center Blackboard learning management system.

 

IPAP Phase 1 Curriculum (Didactic):

 

Phase 1 didactics last approximately 16 months. During this time, students are exposed to the basic medical sciences and progress into clinical medicine courses that help them understand critical medical concepts and application of those concepts in patient scenarios. These include:

 

 

IPAP Curriculum Class Fall 2014

COURSE

SUBJECT

Semester Hours

FRESHMAN TERM

MPAS 500

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

7

MPAS 502

BIOCHEMISTRY

3

MPAS 503

MICROBIOLOGY

5

MPAS 504

CLINICAL LABORATORY

4

MPAS 506

MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS

2

MPAS 608

RESEARCH EVALUATION

2

 

RESEARCH & Master Seminar

 

SOPHOMORE TERM

MPAS 501

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

7

MPAS 505

PATHOLOGY

3

MPAS 602

PHARMACOLOGY I

3

MPAS 603

RADIOLOGY

2

MPAS 604

PSYCHIATRY

3

MPAS 606

EKG

2

MPAS 611

ENDOCRINOLOGY

2

MPAS 623

MILITARY PUBLIC HEALTH & DENTAL

2

MPAS 631

PATIENT EVALUATION I

3

JUNIOR TERM

MPAS 605

ORTHOPEDICS

4

MPAS 607

PULMONARY

2

MPAS 609

GASTROENTEROLOGY

2

MPAS 610

CARDIOLOGY

4

MPAS 612

CLINICAL CORRELATIONS I

1

MPAS 614

PEDIATRICS

3

MPAS 620

NEUROLOGY

2

MPAS 630

PHARMACOLOGY II

4

MPAS 632

PATIENT EVALUATION II

2

SENIOR TERM

MPAS 600

HEMATOLOGY & ONCOLOGY

1

MPAS 613

CLINICAL CORRELATIONS II

1

MPAS 615

SURGERY

4

MPAS 616

DERMATOLOGY

2

MPAS 617

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

3

MPAS 618

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

5

MPAS 619

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

3

MPAS 622

GENITOURINARY

2

MPAS 624

PA PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

1

MPAS 628

OTOLARYNGOLOGY & OPHTHALMOLOGY

2

MPAS 629

RHEUMATOLOGY/GERONTOLOGY

2

 

TOTAL

101

MASTER`S PAPER:

Students are required to compose master`s theses prior to graduation. Students will be mentored by IPAP Faculty on their individual thesis topic. Mentors will also be available when the students prepare their theses for presentation at Phase 2. The purpose of this activity is for each student to identify a research question that he or she can further develop by investigating current and relevant literature. By using evidence-based medicine, students will be able to apply and share what they learned. This assignment serves to improve students` written and verbal communication skills. Presentation of theses to a panel of experts at Phase 2 will also serve to further verbal communication skills as well as to augment skills in critical thinking.

Grading Standards

A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 75-79, Fail = Less than 75

IPAP Phase 2 Curriculums (Clinical Clerkship):

Phase 2 training lasts approximately 13 months (including hospital orientation and mandatory facility training). During that time, students rotate through a variety of clinics in order to gain clinical knowledge and experience. These include (but are not limited to):

 

COURSE

ROTATION

Semester Hours

MPAS 700

SURGERY

 5

MPAS 701

Dermatology

 4

MPAS 702

Obstetrics/Gynecology

 4

MPAS 703

Orthopaedics

 6

MPAS 704

Psychiatry (Behavioral Health)

 3

MPAS 705

Internal Medicine

 6

MPAS 706

Otolaryngology (ENT/Allergy)

 4

MPAS 707

Pediatrics

 5

MPAS 708

Ophthalmology

 2

MPAS 709

Emergency Medicine

 3

MPAS 710

Family Practice

 4

MPAS 711

Clinical Elective

 4

 

 

MPAS 712

 

Directed Study
1. Master Paper (Phase 1 Grade)
2. Professional Topic Presentation
3. Medical Topic Presentation
4. Master Oral Presentation
5. Professional Attributes 6.OBJECTIVE STANDARDIZED CLINICAL EXAM

2

TOTAL

52

 Logs

Performed Procedures

*GOAL OF AT LEAST 180

 

ER Hours (evening/weekend)

minimun of 160 hours

 

Patients Encounters

minimum of 1200 

*NOT REQUIRED* 

 

MASTER`S PAPER and PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

 

During Phase 2, with the assistance of assigned mentors, students will further refine their theses in preparation for oral presentation as noted above.

 

Phase 2 Sites & Web-link

 

Air Force

Eglin AFB, FL

Keesler AFB, MS

Langley AFB, VA

Nellis AFB, NV

Offutt AFB, NE

Travis AFB, CA

 

*Note= Coast Guard PA students train at Air Force sites.*

 

Army

Fort Benning, GA

Fort Belvoir, VA

Fort Bliss, TX

Fort Bragg, NC

Fort Campbell, KY

Fort Carson, CO

Fort Hood, TX

Fort Knox, KY

Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Fort Polk, LA

Fort Riley, KS

Fort Sill, OK

Fort Stewart, GA

Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

United States Military Academy-West Point, NY

 

Navy

Navy Surface Warfare Medical Institute San Diego, CA

 

Phase 2 Evaluations

Student evaluations are based on the PA Competencies (http://www.arc-pa.org/documents/CompetenciesFINAL.pdf*)

 

Clinical Grade:

Students earn a clinical grade by the preceptor at the end of each rotation using the database in www.MyEvaluations.com*. The clinical grade equates to 75% of the final rotation grade (passing grade is a minimum of 75%).

 

Examination Grade:

Students will take an end-of-rotation examination through "UNMC Blackboard" in each of the following rotations: Surgery, Dermatology, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, ENT, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. Examination equates to 25% of the final rotation grade (passing grade is a minimum of 75%).

 

MPAS 712- Directed Study:

The MPAS 712 course includes evaluations in written and oral skills. These evaluations address students` Master`s thesis paper (grade from Phase 1), three oral presentations, professional attributes and objective standardized clinical exam (OSCE).

 

Logs:

Students are required to log their patient encounters (= 1200) and performed procedures is not a requirement (the goal is at least 180) on www.MyEvaluations.com*. Students are also required to perform and log their evening/weekend shifts in the ER (= 160 hours).

 

Is it stressful in Phase 2?

Yes. Students will experience stress during their training but they should never be suffering from stress. Stress awareness, prevention and management are the key throughout any military career and life in general. Students are encouraged to take care of themselves and each other. They are to be aware of the warning signs and risk factors and seek help from local medical treatment facility (MTF), a chaplain, a supervisor and each other as needed. Here are links for additional information:

 

Military One Source

http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

 

FACULTY & STAFF

  • 82 Faculty members, across both our Phase 1 and Phase 2 curriculum, with a diverse educational makeup including:
  • 43 Physician Assistants, 26 Physicians, and 12 Adjunct Instructional Faculty with additional degrees in the following areas:
    • 4 PhD (Adult Education and Research, Microbiology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics)
    • 2 DSc (Orthopedics)
    • 1 PharmD
    • 26 MD
    • 1 DDS
    • 2 OD
    • 1 JD
    • 2 Med
    • 2 MS (Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Microbiology)
    • 1 MSW
    • 1MHE
    • 1MBA
    • 1 MPH
    • 2 MA
    • 35 MPAS

FREQUENTLY USED RESOURCES

My Evaluations

http://www.myevaluations.com/ *

University of Nebraska Medical Center Blackboard

https://my8.unmc.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp

 


 

Publications

Harvard Health Publications

 

http://www.health.harvard.edu/ *

JAAPA (Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants)

 

http://www.jaapa.com/

 PostGrad Med

 http://www.postgradmed.org/

 

*Must be enrolled or have a registered user account

 

Frequently asked Questions regarding PAs

 

How can I learn more about the Physician Assistant profession?

Please take an opportunity to learn more about PAs and the PA profession at the following link: (http://www.aapa.org/ *)

 

What is a Physician Assistant?

Please read this brochure published by the AAPA:

https://aapa.org/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=670

 

What is a PA`s scope of practice?

Please read this brochure published by the AAPA:

https://aapa.org/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=583

IPAP Specific Links
Fort Sam Houston http://www.samhouston.army.mil/External Link
Army Medical Department Center & School (AMEDD C&S) http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/
San Antonio, TX http://www.city-data.com/city/San-Antonio-Texas.htmlExternal Link
Weather/Plan Ahead http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Fort+Sam+Houston+TX+78234External Link  
 
Academic Links
AMEDD Stimson Library (includes STAT! Ref, Ovid, LexiComp) http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/stimlib/default.aspxExternal Link
Auscultation Assistant (UCLA) http://www.wilkes.med.ucla.edu/intro.html*External Link
eMedicine http://emedicine.medscape.com/ *External Link
Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/External Link
Clinical Otolaryngology OnLine (COOL) http://www.entnet.org/EducationAndResearch/COOL.cfm *External Link
Lab Tests Online http://www.labtestsonline.org/ *External Link
Mnemonics http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/*External Link
Medshare Radiology Cases (Harvard) http://brighamrad.harvard.edu/education/online/tcd/tcd.html*External Link
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/*External Link
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants http://www.nccpa.net/*External Link
Stat Ref https://medlinet.amedd.army.mil/External Link
Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants http://saaapa.aapa.org/student-academy/*External Link
WebPath (University of Utah) http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/webpath.html#MENU *External Link
Wheeless` Textbook of Orthopaedics http://www.wheelessonline.com/ *External Link
 
Test Preparation
Content Blueprint for NCCPA PANCE/PANRE http://www.nccpa.net/ExamsContentBlueprint.aspx *External Link
Exam Master for PANCE/PANRE preparation, free access for military through the Naval Medical Center, San Diego: http://www.exammaster2.com/wdsentry/nmcsd.htm*External Link
Free PANCE test prep Review http://www.testprepreview.com/pance_practice.htm *External Link
PA Board Review http://www.paboardreview.com/ *External Link
 
Physician Assistants
American Academy of Physician Assistants http://www.aapa.orgExternal Link
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants http://www.nccpa.netExternal Link
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) http://www.arc-pa.org/*External Link
Best Jobs in America (CNN/Money) – PAs #2 http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2009/snapshots/2.htm*External Link
Bureau of Labor Statistics Regarding PAs http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos081.htmExternal Link
Coast Guard Association of PAs http://cgapa.com/External Link
FDA http://www.fda.gov/ForHealthProfessionals/default.htmExternal Link
Federation of State Medical Boards http://www.fsmb.org/*External Link
Navy Association of PAs http://www.napasite.net/External Link
Physician Assistant Education Association http://www.paeaonline.org/ *External Link
Physician Assistant Competencies http://www.arc-pa.org/documents/CompetenciesFINAL.pdf*External Link
Physician Assistant History Center http://www.pahx.org/*External Link
Student Academy of AAPA http://saaapa.aapa.orgExternal Link
Society of Air Force PAs http://www.safpa.org/External Link
Society of Army PAs https://www.sapa.orgExternal Link
United States Army Public Health Command http://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspxExternal Link
US Army Recruiting Command, Army PA http://www.usarec.army.mil/armypa/External Link
U.S. News and World Report Best Careers in 2011 http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-physician-assistant *External Link
U.S. News and World Report Physician Assistant School Rankings https://www.sapa.org *External Link
 
Research Links
CITI (Collaborative Institutional Learning Initiative) https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp?*External Link
PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/*External Link
TATRC – Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center http://www.tatrc.org/*External Link
University of Nebraska Medical Center Student Research Portal http://www.unmc.edu/students/studentresearch.htm *External Link
University of Nebraska Medical Center Library http://www.unmc.edu/library/*External Link
US Army Institute of Surgical Research https://www.usaisr.amedd.army.milExternal Link
USAMRIID – Unites States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease http://www.usamriid.army.mil/External Link
USARIEM – United States Army Institute of Environmental Medicine http://www.usariem.army.mil/External Link


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