Bangor University: Physician Associate Studies
|Institution||Bangor University View institution profile|
|Department||School of Medical Sciences|
A Physician Associate (PA) is defined as someone who is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.
While Physician Associates are not meant to replace doctors, they are urgently needed to meet the increasing demand of a growing and ageing population combined with reductions in the medical workforce especially in the more rural areas of Wales. Working within teams, they would enhance patient care both in the community and hospital setting in a more efficient and relatively cost-effective manner. Graduates from this course will have a broad and relevant set of transferable skills with a focus on medical history taking, clinical examination, analysis of test results, clinical reasoning and diagnosis, and the development of evidence based patient management plans.
In order to be eligible to sit the national Physician Associate examination, successful completion of 2 year PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies is required.
in Physician Associate Studies is required. Welsh Government funding is available to cover fees and to provide some support for cost of living.
Welsh Government funding is available to cover fees and to provide some support for cost of living.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Candidates should be of the required academic standard and be able to satisfy one of the following conditions:
Teaching occurs via lectures, clinical placements, practical classes and group work including case-centred discussions often delivered by academic clinicians who hold joint University and Health board contracts. Students benefit from a high number of contact hours that includes utilisation of our state-of-the art teaching laboratories and simulation suite at the hospital. Academic assessment includes placement reports, observed clinical skills, MCQ and written exams.
The programme aims to give students a comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles and technologies used in clinical practice in the following areas: cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, musculoskeletal system, eyes, female reproductive system, renal and genitourinary system, skin diagnostics and therapeutics, neurology.
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 10,000 students currently study at the University, with teaching staff based within fourteen Academic Schools.
Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award for teaching, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally ...
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