Doctor of Medical Science


The Doctor of Medical Science degree at SIU School of Medicine will prepare medical professionals to be leaders in health care, higher education, research and innovative industries, as well as public and private agencies. These PAs will be thoroughly grounded in knowledge-based research paradigms, practical applications, and the ethical/legal implications of their respective career paths. The DMSc degree will provide a balanced mix of theory, research and practical application in the areas of medical practice, education and leadership.

This advanced degree is created for physician assistants by physician assistants. The courses are designed to produce PAs who can take on high-level administrative, leadership and clinical roles within their organizations and communities and be a trusted resource during disaster situations. PAs who complete the DMSc will be more prepared, adaptable, competitive and marketable in the ever-evolving health care landscape.


Physician assistant program offers doctorate

SIU School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program launched a new Doctor of Medical Science degree (DMSc) program in summer 2021. This is degree is one of only a handful of U.S. medical schools offering the doctorate degree.

The DMSc program has a clinical track for physician assistants practicing clinically and educational track for those working in PA education. The DMSc program is designed to advance physician assistant clinical and educational skills, preparing PAs for more prominent roles in leadership, management and service to their organizations, patients, and students. The clinical track will have an emphasis on caring for the underserved, and the educational track will have added focus on problem-based learning.


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DMSc Hooding trio

First Class: Doctors of medical science graduate from SIU School of Medicine

A hooding ceremony celebrated the inaugural class of graduates in SIU's Doctor of Medical Science Program, a 1-year extension of PA education and training for positions of leadership in medical education, administration and disaster preparedness.