Curriculum

The physician assistant program is offered by the affiliated college or university providing your degree program. Your college or university program director determines and develops the course work and laboratory experiences for the program and makes arrangements for clinical rotations.

Rotations

At Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, you have these physician assistant experiences:

  • Cardiology**
  • Community internal medicine — outpatient
  • Critical care (CC) and hospital internal medicine (HIM)** (two weeks in CC, with additional weeks in HIM)
  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology (does not include obstetrics)
  • Hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant
  • Hepatology and liver transplant (rotation currently unavailable)
  • Hospital internal medicine — inpatient** (no rotations offered November through February)
  • Interventional radiology (No rotations offered in July. Prior surgical rotation preferred, but not required.)
  • Neurosurgery*
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology (includes head and neck surgery)
  • Plastic surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • Specialty surgery — colorectal, oncologic and vascular (no rotations offered June to August)
  • Transplant medicine and surgery*
  • Urology (no rotations September through December)

*Requires a prior surgical rotation.
**Rotation dates applied for must be in the second half of your clinical rotation year.

Grading or evaluation

Evaluation of student performance in each rotation includes the preceptor's evaluation of clinical performance, a written examination of cognitive performance provided by your school and, where appropriate and possible, a site visit by program faculty.

Successful completion of all clinical rotations, program seminars, activities and the program summative exam is required for graduation.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo Clinic's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance and assessment of medical knowledge.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

June 28, 2017