USD PA students attain 100 percent pass rate

USD PA students attain 100 percent pass rate For the fifth straight year, students in The University of South Dakota Physician Studies Program have recently attained a 100 percent pass rate on the National Certification Exam.

According to Dr. Gloria M. Stewart, chair and program director of the program, this effort again shows the outstanding work and effort of students and points to the strength of a program that provides important medical benefits to South Dakota.

"The success of our students is directly related to the excellent education they receive from the USD School of Medicine basic science professors and the dedication of the many physicians that precept our students during their clinical rotations," said Stewart.

The USD Physician Assistant Studies Program is providing qualified health care providers to South Dakota and the region, added Stewart. The Physician Assistant Studies Program has 68 graduates since the program was established in 1993.

The program is proud to have a 100 percent pass rate of all graduates as well as a 100 percent employment rate, according to Stewart. "The high rate of placement of these quality graduates into family medicine and primary care practices providing South Dakota and the region with important medical personnel," said Stewart.

Students can be admitted into the Physician Assistant Studies Program after they have completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate education and have met all required pre-requisites for the program. Once a student is admitted into the program, they begin a very intensive 24-month educational process, which begins with 11 months of classroom work (57 credits hours) and then 13 months of clinical rotations (a minimum of 2,300 clinical hours of preparation).

Upon completion of the Physician Assistant Studies Program the student must pass a National Certification Examination to practice medicine as delegated by and with supervision of a physician.

For more information, contact: Dr. Gloria Stewart, (605) 677-5128.

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