MISSION, GOALS, AND PRIORITIES
The mission of the Southern Illinois University Physician Assistant Program is to prepare healthcare professionals to provide primary health care to underserved populations in rural and health professional shortage areas. We will enhance this healthcare by preparing graduates who are interdependent medical providers, dedicated to both community and profession. The academic setting will foster creative thinking and communication skills in our pursuit of excellence.
Goals of the program include the following:
Priorities of the program include:
1. Provide the highest quality academic programs and clinical teaching that include attention to evidence-based medical education, procedural skills, holistic medicine, health policy, patient education, and prevention.
2. Graduate medical professionals interested in obtaining employment and practicing in rural and underserved areas in central and southern Illinois.
3. Provide service to the citizens of the region, the university, and the medical profession.
Encourage physician assistant graduates to augment their education, expand their knowledge, and enhance their skills after leaving the SIUC Physician Assistant Program.