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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)
- 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.