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Educational Philosophy

The educational philosophy of the PA Program emphasizes the practice of patient-centered medical care. Our curriculum focuses on wellness and disease prevention, as well as epidemiology, pathophysiology and physiological disorders associated with medical conditions. The competencies of the Yale PA graduate and the educational objectives of the program are based on accreditation standards established by the ARC-PA.

Our Program fosters independent student learning, ethical conduct, educational responsibility and professionalism. The core PA faculty is devoted to helping our students cultivate their lifelong learning skills during their Yale tenure. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty mentor throughout the program.

Curriculum Overview

The Yale Physician Associate Program, under the auspices of the Yale School of Medicine, offers graduate-level medical instruction with a curriculum extending over a twenty-eight month period and culminating in the conferral of a Masters of Medical Science (MMSc) degree. The curriculum comprises three major components:

The Physician Associate training begins with a twelve-month didactic phase with lectures and small-group instruction taught by the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine
Upon successful completion of the didactic phase, students move on to the sixteen-month clinical phase, consisting of both clinical clerkships and thesis work. We provide clerkships in a wide variety of medical settings, with elective rotation sites in the United States and abroad. These experiences help to prepare our students for successful clinical careers in a wide range of practice settings and medical specialties.
There is no separate research phase. Instead, research is integrated into the didactic and clinical phases. During the didactic phase, research is incorporated through the Introduction to Research course and in journal club discussions interspersed throughout the Medicine and Surgery modules. During the clinical phase, students work closely with their faculty advisors in preparation for the master’s thesis.