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Hull York Medical School: Physician Associate Studies

Institution Hull York Medical School
Department Medicine
Telephone 01904 321690
Study type Taught


The Physician Associate (PA) 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 as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They train to perform a number of roles including; taking medical histories and conducting physical examinations, developing comprehensive patient management plans, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and prescribing medications (subject to the necessary legislation). PAs will request and interpret diagnostic studies and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion under the direct supervision of a doctor.

The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a two year intensive professional Master’s programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so that students get first-hand clinical experience from the outset. It is medically led by HYMS but with multi-professional input delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull and the NHS. This programme has been especially developed to meet the requirements of the National Competence and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates.

Why Choose HYMS?

  • Build your career on our intensive, two year professional Masters programme.

  • Work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in hospitals, GP surgeries and other settings.

  • Thrive in our lively and interactive Problem-based learning (PBL) environment.

  • Experience a broad range of high quality learning opportunities made available by a strong partnership between HYMS, the Universities of Hull and York and the NHS.

  • Develop your knowledge, clinical skills and research skills in a student centred and patient focused environment.

This programme combines six taught modules and a quality / service improvement research project which are delivered alongside clinical placements in hospitals and in the community.

The main location for this programme is the University of Hull, with clinical placements across Yorkshire and the Humber.


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