OHSU Physican Assistant Education Recognizes Five Outstanding Community Teaching Sites

06/07/05    Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine Division of Physician Assistant Education recently recognized five community teaching sites with its first annual Outstanding Clinical Teaching Site Award. The 2005 award recipients exemplify a dedication to the clinical education of physician assistant students.

"Each practice is being recognized for making a significant contribution to the education of our students and to the overall success of the program," said Ted J. Ruback, M.S., P.A.-C., head of the physician assistant education.

The recipients include:
St. Luke's Internal Medicine, Boise, Idaho, primary care preceptorship
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Emergency Department, Lincoln City, Ore., emergency medicine rotation
Physicians Medical Center, McMinnville, Ore., pediatric rotation
Childhood Health Associates of Salem, Ore., pediatric rotation
Advanced Surgical Care, Bend, Ore., general surgery rotation

The OHSU Division of Physician Assistant Education was established in 1995 with the mission of preparing physician assistants to provide primary care services to rural and urban medically underserved communities. In its first year of eligibility, the program was ranked in the top 10 PA programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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 10, 5-week rotations, and a 10-week preceptorship in clinical sites throughout Oregon, southwest Washington and western Idaho. Students are trained in primary care, women's health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, general surgery, inpatient medicine and orthopedics.