Encourage the professional development of students and faculty.

Professional Development

A. MPAS 531 Professional Development, MPAS 536 Intro to EBM & Public Health, and MPAS 538 Healthcare Law and Ethics are professional topic-driven courses introducing and integrating principles of professionalism, ethics, the business of medicine/medical practice, healthcare disparities, provider sensitivity to cultural diversity, socioeconomic differences and the impact of these differences on health and wellness. All cohorts have completed these courses successfully.

Committee & Organization Involvement

B. PA faculty and students are involved in program, college, and university committees.

C. PA students are involved in state and national PA organizations.

D. Faculty are involved in national, state, and local/regional organizations.
(Based on the participation of seven 1.0 FTE faculty)


  • The PA Education Association (PAEA)
  • Physician Assistant American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Association for Physician Leadership
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics & Gynecology (APAOG)
  • Academy of Doctoral PAs (ADPA) Fellow
  • African Heritage Physician Associate Caucus
  • SPOCUS (Society for Point of Care Ultrasound)


  • North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA)
  • South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA)
  • North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS)
  • North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP)


  • Kintegra Board of Directors
  • Blue Ridge Community Health Services
  • CaroMont Regional Medical Center
  • Cleveland Regional Medical Center
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

Professional Development

E. Faculty Attendance of Professional Development Workshops / Conferences.

The University meets the institutional responsibilities defined in ARC-PA Standard 1.03 by providing the PA faculty with the funds and time to complete their annual CME requirements and participate in at least one PA-education-related professional development conference or workshop minimally. Each year, PA faculty attend the PAEA Forum and/or PAEA Workshops. As well, faculty often attend state chapter medical education conferences or the Annual AAPA Conference.

The Center for Excellence and Teaching (CETL) is a resource for professional development in teaching. Annual workshops are available for faculty to attend and the provision of web-based resources to support individualized support in the area of teaching and learning for the faculty’s specific needs.

Maintaining involvement in professional organizations is imperative to professional development.  Our faculty are members of various NCAPA committees, including the Education Development Panel (EDP), the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee, and the Nominating Committee.  As well, faculty support the PAEA organization with participation in the Leadership Mission Advancement Commission (LMAC) and PA Foundation Scholarship Reviewers. 

Clinical Practice

F. Faculty Clinical Release for ongoing Clinical Practice.

The GWU PA Studies faculty are granted a clinical release day each week to encourage the ongoing clinical practice by the PA faculty. PA program faculty are actively practicing medicine each week in various medical fields, including underserved emergency medicine, family medicine, and orthopedics.