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Physician assistant program now at St. Anthony Hospital

Physician assistant program now at St. Anthony Hospital

Monday, July 24, 2006

Hospital news

For more information, contact: Larry Blanc

Oregon Health and Science Universities Physician Assistants Program has come to St. Anthony Hospital. The OHSU School of Medicine Division of Physician Assistant Education was established in 1995 with the mission of preparing physician assistants to provide primary care services to rural communities.

The program is a full-time, 26 month course of study culminating in a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree. Students are at OHSU during the 12-month didactic phase, and then spend 14 months participating in ten 4-week rotations, and a 10-week preceptorship in clinical sites throughout Oregon, Southwest Washington and Idaho. Students are trained in primary care, women's health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, general surgery, inpatient medicine and othopedics.

Clinic Coordinator, Jamie Keene explained that being here at St. Anthony's has, "given our students a good hands on experience of what a rural hospital is like." It is hoped that the program will encourage others to live and work in rural communities.