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Since 1998 US News has been publishing the only known ranking of PA programs.

 

Their rankings are based on subjective peer assessment surveys of PA program faculty. 

 

A useful ranking system should be “measurable, reproducible, and not opinion based!

 

Physician Assistant Programs Ranked by PANCE Pass Rates 2017

 

http://www.thepalife.com/best-pa-schools/

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So, does this also account for variables such as attrition rates and other obstacles that may be encountered by PA students? I had one person get a divorce which ultimately made it too difficult for them to study and pass their first time. Eventually they ended up passing months later but real life happens. We had students who were in their 50s and one was 60 years old when they graduated our class, clearly they struggled to pass their first time as well but they would make great clinicians once in the work force.

 

I think this is an important metric but not the be all for rankings as I'm perceiving that you are suggesting.

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YES, pance rates are important and you have to pass pance to practice, but, given that the vast majority of students pass pance I think any criteria has to include variety and quality of rotation sites. have all the sites and preceptors been stable for at least 5 years? Do the students report that they are allowed to see patients and do procedures as opposed to just following a doc around for 4-6 weeks, etc.

 

In general, I think the older , more established programs(ie duke, stony brook, drexel, yale, emory, u. WA, U. Iowa, etc) will give you a better educational experience than the university of just opened last week and struggling to find anyone with a pulse to precept our students. I've heard horror stories about the poor quality of rotation sites at new programs; students being used as MAs, students not allowed to see patients or do procedures, gyn rotations in which students can't do pelvics, etc

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I prefer this method:

 

In an article titled: A Novel Approach to Ranking Physician Assistant

Programs (2010 Vol 21 No 4/The Journal of Physician Assistant

Education, by James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C; Michael J. Davanzo, MMS,

PA-C), a new approach to ranking PA programs was proposed based on

objective data.

 

PA program directors from 126 accredited PA programs (at the time)

identified indicators to include in a new ranking system for PA programs.

 

The four criteria they agreed upon were:

 

1. Each program’s current ARC-PA accreditation length

2. Student-to-faculty ratio

3. Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees

4. Most recent 5-year average PANCE rates

If you

 

The top programs did not match US News

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I prefer this method:
 
In an article titled: A Novel Approach to Ranking Physician Assistant
Programs (2010 Vol 21 No 4/The Journal of Physician Assistant
Education, by James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C; Michael J. Davanzo, MMS,
PA-C), a new approach to ranking PA programs was proposed based on
objective data.
 
PA program directors from 126 accredited PA programs (at the time)
identified indicators to include in a new ranking system for PA programs.
 
The four criteria they agreed upon were:
 
1. Each program’s current ARC-PA accreditation length
2. Student-to-faculty ratio
3. Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees
4. Most recent 5-year average PANCE rates
If you
 
The top programs did not match US News

 

Here is a link. It will immediately download.

 

shp.rutgers.edu/dept/primary_care/paweb/documents/NovelRankingSystem.pdf

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