Curriculum

Upon completion of a Master’s degree from an ARC-PA accredited PA Program, applicants can pursue the DMSc program, consisting of five core courses, a longitudinal series dedicated to the development of a scholarly project, and a practicum based on their employment in a clinical or educational setting.

Requirements

37 semester hours, 3 semesters, 5 units

DMSc Curricular Guide (Based on a Summer Semester Start)
Summer Semester Unit 1
Summer June-August Unit 1:

DMSc 510 Organizational Behavior and Leadership for PAs (3 credits)
DMSc 560 Evidence-Based Research and Performance Improvement in Clinical Practice for PAs (3 credits)
DMSc 571 Advanced Clinical Practicum I (4 credits) or DMSc 581 PA Medical Education Practicum Learning Theories and Methodology (4 credits)

Fall August – October Unit 2
DMSc 520 Health care Administration for PAs (3 credits)
DMSc 561 Evidence-Based Research and Scholarly Project I (1 credit)
DMSc 572 Advanced Clinical Practicum II (4 credits) or DMSc 582 PA Medical Education Practicum Student Assessment Essentials (4 credits)

Fall October – December Unit 3
DMSc 530 Health care Law for PAs (3 credits)
DMSc 562 Evidence-based Research and Scholarly Project II (1 credit)
DMSc 573 Advanced Clinical Practicum III (4 credits) or DMSc 583 PA Medical Education Practicum Program Evaluation (4 credits)

Spring January-March Unit 4
DMSc 540 Global Health for PAs (3 credits)
DMSc 574 Advanced Clinical Practicum IV (4 credits) or DMSc 584 Medical Education Practicum Professional Development and Scholarship (4 credits)

Spring March-May Unit 5
DMSc 550 Disaster Medicine for PAs (3 credits)
DMSc 563 Evidence-Based Research and Scholarly Project III (1 credit)

DMSc course descriptions

This course provides students with foundational studies in organizations and leadership practices. It will concentrate on fostering skills in the development, organization, and maintenance of effective teams. Topics will include organizational change, roles, conflict, leadership styles and effective implementation strategies, with emphasis on health care and educational organizations.

This course provides students with foundational studies in finance, resource allocation and administration. It will concentrate on fostering skills in practical approaches to improving health care within an ethical framework and management style. Topics will include identifying and reviewing existing literature; critically examining existing programs, policies and structures; and addressing the needs of patients, staff, board members, policymakers and other stakeholders.

This course provides students with an introduction to the study of legal and policy issues in health care. It will concentrate on the role of the PA within health care in the United States. Topics may include foundational and complex legal issues, leadership roles and professional relationships in the health care system, access issues, quality of health care and patient protections.

This course provides students with an introduction to global health issues. It will concentrate on key infectious diseases, determinants of health, delivery structures and the PA’s role in global health strategies. Topics will include acute and chronic disease, infectious disease, maternal/child health and the effects of poverty on health and cultural issues, as well as established international models and case studies.

This course provides students with an overview of the clinical aspects of disaster medicine. It will concentrate on the role of PAs in disaster medicine and established programs in this discipline. Topics will include health issues, epidemiology and clinical research within disaster medicine, with emphasis on the leadership roles of PAs.

This course introduces the student to key principles of evidence-based research and performance improvement. It will concentrate on scientific research and performance improvement in medical practice. Topics include research design, methodology, ethics and critical appraisal of the medical literature, with an emphasis on process improvement and quality performance to achieve patient-centered clinical outcomes. During this course, students will begin to develop the proposal of their scholarly project.

In this course, students are introduced to the framework of the scholarly project. This course concentrates on evidence-based research as it applies to the scholarly project. Topics include project development, the proposal process, revisions and submission of their scholarly project proposal. Students will work closely with their faculty advisor as they progress through this process. Approval of the project is accomplished prior to completion of this course. Emphasis of the scholarly project is on clinical practice, the PA profession, or PA education.

In this course, students delve into the process of inquiry and literature review. This course concentrates on the application of concepts and methods from previous courses. Topics include synthesis of research, application of knowledge and writing for future publication or presentation at professional conferences as the student develops and works on their scholarly project.

This course series will provide intensive clinical exposure in a chosen clinical specialty to further the student’s clinical practice. Students will apply advanced and specialized medical knowledge beyond general practice.

The basic mission of the SIU SOM PA Program is to graduate PAs who will be competent primary care providers, able to serve populations in medically underserved areas. Students in the Clinical Practicum course will be asked to define educational milestones related to patient encounters that involve rural or underserved populations. These clinical objectives will encourage students to gain the unique perspective related to health care issues of this patient population. This course will be the first in the series, with the aim to provide intensive clinical exposure in a chosen clinical specialty to further the student’s clinical practice. Students will apply advanced and specialized medical knowledge beyond general practice.

This course will be the second session of the Advanced Clinical Practicum and will continue to provide intensive clinical exposure in a chosen clinical specialty to further the student’s clinical practice. Students will apply advanced and specialized medical knowledge beyond general practice.

This course will be the third session of the Advanced Clinical Practicum and will continue to provide intensive clinical exposure in a chosen clinical specialty to further the student’s clinical practice. Students will apply advanced and specialized medical knowledge beyond general practice.

This course will be the fourth session of the Advanced Clinical Practicum and will continue to provide intensive clinical exposure in a chosen clinical specialty to further the student’s clinical practice. Students will apply advanced and specialized medical knowledge beyond general practice.

Learning Theories and Methodology

This is first in the longitudinal PA Education Practicum, which provides opportunities for development as a faculty member and/or clinical preceptor. Fellows will explore adult learning theories, such as problem-based learning (PBL), social cognitive theory, reflective practice and transformative learning to improve their institution’s student learning outcomes through the practicum experience. Because SIU is a PBL leader in medical education, emphasis will be placed on PBL methodology, facilitator techniques, learner-centered education and group dynamics. Fellows will also define professional goals and begin obtaining multi-source evaluations of their Practicum work.

Student Assessment Essentials

This course is the second of the PA Education Practicum and provides exposure in various student assessment techniques to apply in the practicum setting. These include formative and summative evaluations employing multiple modalities, such as standardized patient encounters, multiple choice exams, reflection, lab exams, demonstration and oral examinations. Fellows will apply concepts from medical and educational literature to improve student assessment at their institution during the practicum experience. Fellows will build on knowledge from the DMS 981 Practicum course and continue multi-source evaluations of their work.

Program Evaluation

This course is the third of the PA Education Practicum and provides intensive PA educational experience with regard to program evaluation concepts in the medical education setting. Models of program assessment to be studied include the objectives-oriented approach, management and/or participant approaches, and the utilization-focused approach to apply program evaluation concepts to the practicum setting. Fellows will review accreditation standards applicable to their practicum setting, and lead a portion of the institution’s continuous self-assessment process. Fellows will build on knowledge from the DMS 982 Practicum course and continue multi-source evaluations of their work.

Professional Development and Scholarship

This course is the fourth of the PA Education Practicum series and provides experience in professional development in the area of PA medical education. Fellows will develop their teaching philosophy, define and reflect on service activities, identify program and PA profession research needs, as well as their own areas of expertise and scholarly goals. At the completion of this course, Fellows will summarize their progress toward integrating learning theories and methods, student assessment, program evaluation, as well as their own development as academicians throughout the practicum experiences.