Keck School of Medicine of USC Primary Care Physician Assistant Program ranked No. 1 in California and No. 10 nationally


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    Clinical instructor oversees a cast workshop in the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Newswise — LOS ANGELES — The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC ranked No. 1 in California and No. 10 nationally in physician assistant programs in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

The Keck School ranking for physician assistant programs, conducted every five years, leaped to No. 10 from No. 20 nationally, a reflection of the school’s commitment to the program, which includes a strengthened and refocused curriculum, including an emphasis on team-based medicine in underserved communities and proficiency in medical Spanish.

“Since its inception, the Keck School’s Primary Care Physician Assistant Program has placed a strong emphasis on recruiting, educating and graduating a diverse group of exceptional students,” said Laura Mosqueda, MD, dean of the Keck School.

“With this national recognition reflecting our highest ranking to date, we are uniquely poised to continue our mission of scholarship, service and leadership as one of the top physician assistant programs in the country.”

“With the shortage of primary care physicians and an expanding patient population, physician assistants are poised to become prominent leaders in health care,” said Kevin Lohenry, PhD, PA-C, director, Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School.

“This ranking reflects the high level of support that our program receives from the Keck School, providing the opportunity for our team to explore new ideas that positively impact our students and our communities.”

The program is one of the few throughout the United States that places an emphasis on medical Spanish, with most students reporting a doubling of their confidence in communicating with patients in Spanish by the time they graduate. Additionally, the program focuses on building leaders in the profession with students attending annual advocacy training in Washington, D.C. 

The program is also at the forefront of innovative classrooms, with students leveraging digital tools and innovative classroom space to encourage high-tech, high-touch learning.

The 2020 rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, others administrators and/or faculty at accredited physician assistant degree programs or schools.  Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 to 5.

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ABOUT THE PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM

The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has a long and successful history of training and graduating outstanding clinicians who work in a variety of medical care settings with diverse patient populations. 

The program trains students in a range of medical, social and behavioral sciences required for competent clinical practice. Physician assistants are educated in basic medical sciences and clinical disciplines, including human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical laboratory medicine. Physician assistant students are also taught to hone the cognitive skills required for medical decision-making.

For more information, go to https://keck.usc.edu/family-medicine/training-education/primary-care-physician-assistant-program/.

 

ABOUT THE KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OF USC

Founded in 1885, the Keck School of Medicine of USC is among the nation’s leaders in innovative patient care, scientific discovery, education and community service. The school has more than 1,850 full-time faculty members and voluntary faculty of more than 2,400 physicians. These faculty direct the education of approximately 800 medical students and 1,000 students pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees. The school trains more than 900 resident physicians in more than 50 specialty or subspecialty programs and is the largest educator of physicians practicing in Southern California. Keck School faculty also conduct research and teach at several research centers and institutes, including the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute, USC Institute of Urology, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, USC Roski Eye Institute and Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute.

The Keck School was ranked No. 30 in research in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” of 2020.

For more information, go to keck.usc.edu.

 

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