Encourage the professional development of students and faculty.
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 students within the 2016-2021 cohorts have completed these courses successfully.
B. PA student involvement in program and college committees.
C. PA student involvement in state and national PA organizations.
D. Faculty involvement in national, state, and local/regional organizations.(Based on the participation of eight 1.0 FTE faculty)
E. Faculty Attendance of Professional Development Workshops / Conferences.
Gardner-Webb University is committed to the professional development of program faculty. Seventy-one percent of the PA faculty are members of AAPA, 100% are members of PAEA, 57% are members of the state chapter of NCAPA. Twenty-nine percent are members of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and one faculty member serves as an essential member of Rutherford Regional Health System leadership.
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 and the NCCPA PA Program Educator Workshops.
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.
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 family medicine, orthopedics, laboratory medicine, and hospice/palliative care.