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Curriculum Overview

Students undergo 7 quarters of education, the objectives of which are based on competencies expected of physician assistants*, as well as fulfilling the PCA program mission.  The training addresses 5 broad areas:

  • Didactic coursework (fundamental medical knowledge)
  • Professionalism
  • Multicultural medicine
  • Clinical skills (including communications, interview and exam techniques, critical thinking, technical procedures)
  • Community-based clinical preceptorships
 

Over the course of 7 quarters, students participate in approximately 34 weeks of didactic and skills training and 46 weeks of preceptorship experience.  A large portion of the didactic training takes place in quarters 1-3, with most of the clinical preceptorship experience occurring during quarters 4-7.  All lectures and skills training take place at Stanford or the Foothill campus.  For their clinical preceptorship experience, students are placed with a physician in their home community.  Students return to Stanford each quarter for integrated instruction and testing.

*The PA Competencies Online Center, "Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession," National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Accessed November 10, 2015.