LESH Posted October 30, 2011 Share Posted October 30, 2011 I am interested in the possibility of giving priority admission to Vets if they: commit to practice Primary Care in an area of unmet need; willing to take a job (at a competitive and comparable PC salary at a FQHC, RHC, CHC, IHS, county facility or VA) in an area designated by the PA program; sign a contract with the VA or NHSC to do this for 2 years. I have been floating some ideas to faculty and administration. I think it can be done in accordance to ARC-PA standards, but would require the buy in from HRSA, VA, NHSC (because they would have to provide FA) and clinical affiliates (because they would have to hire the graduates). That may be the devil in the details. LOL. We simply want some kind of assurance that there will be a service obligation payback that fits the program's specific mission. Applicants would have to meet published admission criteria. The program would maintain the right to select candidates. The program could develop a pre-PA program to help potential applicants meet pre-perquisites (the Feds would have to take on that cost also). Matriculants would have to complete the entire PA curriculum. Upon graduation and certification, the program is capable of helping to place candidates in the above mentioned facilities (the VA is a bit touchy, but that's one reason we need buy in from them). The Feds don't have to tempt us with a grant, I'd prefer a contract to develop and maintain the Pre PA track. If Halliburton can get a no bid contract why can't PA programs? The Feds pay for the student’s education, living expenses (since they have VA benefits) but tie it all to a service obligation that the program helps coordinate. The program has an established NHSC Ambassador program and is successful in graduate placement in underserved areas. I am sending out feelers to professional organizations and governmental agencies. I plan to talk with anyone who may have input on this at the PAEA meeting this coming week. Just curious and thinking out loud. We can’t do this for the current admission cycle but possibly the next one. Do you think Vets would go for something like that? Would appreciate your comments. LesH Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.