Mission & Educational Philosophy

Mission

The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to educate caring, competent primary care physician assistants who practice evidence-based medicine, are leaders in the profession, dedicated to their communities, culturally sensitive, and devoted to positive transformation of the health care system.

Educational Philosophy

Our Educational Philosophy assures that we provide a creative and supportive environment for individual learning and growth, within a curriculum that is by necessity highly structured and intense. We view education as a reciprocal, collaborative interaction among faculty and students who are responsible for their own learning. We strive to uphold the values of professionalism in our collegial interactions. We seek continuous quality improvement, and welcome the ideas of all who participate in the program.

Our goals are to educate physician assistants who:

  • Have the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and manage primary care problems;
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team;
  • Create partnerships with their patients to promote health, prevent disease and positively impact the management of chronic conditions;
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to social, legal and ethical issues;
  • Understand the complexity of the health care system and contribute to positive transformation of health care in America;
  • Relate and respond sensitively to patients and the communities in which they live;
  • Have the desire and potential to grow personally, socially and professionally;
  • Enthusiastically pursue lifelong learning;
  • Contribute to and enrich the PA profession.

We value:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork and respect
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Scholarship