Mission and Goals

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote human health by providing excellent education to future physician assistants so that they are prepared to become integral members of the health care team. We fulfill this mission in a dynamic learning environment that emphasizes rigorous fundamentals, innovative delivery of the curriculum, and compassionate care to diverse patient populations. Our graduates will be prepared to participate in all aspects of the health care continuum, including disease management, health promotion and maintenance, and palliative care.

Program Goals

With an emphasis on primary care and other fields that address regional and national workforce shortages, we prepare students to be vital members of physician-led teams.

  • Knowledge – Our students will be life-long learners and teachers. They will be educated in the scientific basis of medicine and learn to apply this knowledge to clinical practice. They will understand the structure and function of the body, its organ systems, and the biochemical mechanisms that maintain the body’s homeostasis. They will learn how to incorporate diagnosis of disease and therapeutic modalities into their daily practice.
  • Skills – We will train our students to obtain a complete and accurate medical history from their patients; to perform a comprehensive physical and mental status examination; to order appropriate, clinically relevant laboratory and imaging studies; and to seek consultation from their supervising physicians and other clinical staff when indicated. Our graduates will be able to communicate effectively with patients and their families, as well as other health care professionals.
  • Values, Attitudes and Behavior – Our students will be compassionate and empathic in caring for patients.  They will be sensitive to all aspects of diversity in their patient populations.  They will always act with integrity, honesty, and respect for patients’ privacy and dignity.  Their conduct and practices will adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and behavior.

Achievement of Program Goals

The Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) endeavors to demonstrate achievement of its stated goals through ongoing and periodic assessment. Utilizing programmatic and academic metrics, the Program is able to measure these processes. A major indicator of program success is the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

The program also tracks other indicators of success including recruiting a diversified student population, maintaining strong academic performance, demonstrating professional performance, and developing student awareness of community needs and cultural sensitivity. All program PA principal faculty are actively engaged in clinical practice in addition to their academic responsibilities, and also maintain memberships in the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), state PA associations, and are NCCPA-certified. Student membership in the AAPA exceeds 75% for both the first and second year classes.

Achievements of the Class of 2017

Admissions Undergraduate GPA >3.3 3.57
Prerequisite GPA >3.2 3.53
GRE Percentiles (Q/V) >60% for each 62% / 69%
Patient Care Hours >1000 2724 (avg.)
Class average cumulative GPA >3.2
Successful completion of all clinical rotations 100% Pass rate 100%
PANCE 100% Pass rate 98%
OSCE 100% Pass rate 100%
Community Service Voluntary service to the community 40-100 hours per year 100%
Exemplary Clinicians Employment rate 6 months after graduation 100% 99%