Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Mission Statement
Together with its partners, the University will be recognized as an established academic health sciences center serving a diverse nation with excellence and innovation in education of health and biomedical professionals, knowledge creation and scientific discovery focused on prediction and prevention of disease, clinical programs, and community service.
College of Health Professions Mission Statement
To prepare exceptional healthcare professionals for leadership and evidence-based practice within a collaborative delivery model through student-centered programs that offer cutting edge curricula.
College of Health Professions Vision Statement
The College will be recognized as the premier center for health professions education through its outstanding graduates, curricular innovation, scholarly activity and community service.
CHP directs its intellectual resources and expertise to improve the quality and quantity of health care and knowledge through education, health promotion, research, patient care, and community service.
Physician Assistant Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Physician Assistant Program is to educate and prepare competent, compassionate, and ethical physician assistant leaders who, as integral members of the interprofessional healthcare team, will provide quality patient-centered care.
Physician Assistant Program Vision Statement
The vision of the Physician Assistant Program is to be recognized nationally as a leader in the Physician Assistant profession through our outstanding graduates, curricular innovations, scholarly activities, and service to the community.
Diversity * Innovation * Integrity * Leadership * Professionalism * Service *Teamwork
Guided by our vision and core values, we achieve our mission by:
Providing excellent didactic and clinical medical education to every student:
Indicators of successful achievement of this goal would be the feedback provided by students in annual surveys, their performance on the NCCPA exams, their ability to find excellent employment, and their employer’s assessment of their patient care quality. Using these measures, the program is successfully meeting this goal, and is using a system of continued quality improvement to reach even higher levels of success. The first time pass rate for PA program graduates over the last five years averages 96%, consistently above the national pass rate.
Educating physician assistants to be patient advocates and integral members of the interprofessional team by serving our community and meetings its educational and healthcare needs:
Interprofessional or team-based learning is a model for team-based care. Community service provides opportunities to work collaboratively with other health professionals and develop leadership skills. PA students participate in several activities in the community, such as Kid’s First Health Fair, Healthy Families Clinic, Interprofessional Community Clinic, and Community Care Connection.
Promoting scholarly activity as a process of professional self-study and renewal:
The creation of curricular innovations, effective teaching methods, and peer-reviewed research publications demonstrate our commitment to promoting lifelong learning. Student involvement in faculty research is evidence that we are promoting scholarly activity.. Students deliver poster presentations of their Master's projects as part of the University-wide Research Day each spring.
Providing and encouraging continuing education for physician assistants at all levels of training and experience and developing state and national leaders to serve the physician assistant profession:
The department participates in increasing numbers of conferences, symposia, and continuing education events that involve current students, recent graduates, practicing alumni, and local physician assistants who look to our school to further their education. An annual spring conference hosted by PA department in collaboration with Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants is one example of our commitment to cultivation of lifelong education. Our faculty serve in leadership roles on state, national, and international healthcare organizations. Graduates of the PA program are prominent faculty members and program directors at physician assistant programs across the country and serve on national organizations to promote education and clinical practice for physician assistants.