The Franklin College Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program recently received a $5,000 grant from the Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC).
MICI-AHEC aims to improve Hoosiers’ health by recruiting, educating and retaining health care professionals for underserved communities in Indiana. The grant to Franklin College will support student clinical rotations at Windrose Health Network, a federally qualified health center committed to helping the poor, the medically underserved and other vulnerable residents.
“Since the launch of the Franklin College MSPAS program, our focus has been on preparing graduates who can make a difference in the Indiana health care landscape. Clinical rotations play a significant role in that preparation,” said Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, MSPAS founding program director and an assistant professor of physician assistant studies.
“MICI-AHEC, with its generosity, and Windrose, with its trust in our community partnership, is giving Franklin College students an opportunity to gain valuable patient care experience, and to grow in their understanding of the unique challenges underserved populations face. Both are vitally important skillsets, particularly for the graduates who will go on to help fill the voids in health care across Indiana’s rural counties, and beyond.”
Physician assistants, or PAs, are licensed medical providers authorized to provide patient-care services functioning under the direction and supervision of an individual physician or group. According to the American Academy of PAs, they can order medical tests, prescribe medications (limitations vary by state), diagnose illnesses and develop and manage patient treatment plans. PAs are not as common in Indiana as in other parts of the country. In 2018, the national average was 40 PAs per 100,000 people, whereas Indiana’s rate is 23.4 PAs per 100,000 people, according to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In rural counties, PAs are more scarce; 66 percent of rural counties in Indiana have no or only one PA in service.
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POSTED Sep 3, 2020