NSU's Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences - PA Jacksonville

Nova Southeastern University | 5 Did You Know? THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROFESSION was born at Duke Universi- ty in the mid-1960s, conceptualized by Eugene A. Stead, Jr., M.D. A lack of primary care providers prompted Stead, together with many fellow physicians and educators, to introduce a new medical profes- sional who could work in collaboration with physicians. These profes- sionals were called physician assistants (PAs). CHALLENGE It is the obligation of each physician/PA team to ensure that • a PA’s scope of practice is identified • delegation of medical tasks is appro- priate to a PA’s level of competence • the PA’s relationship with, and access to, the supervising physician is defined • a process of performance evaluation is established Adequate responsible supervision of the PA contributes to both high-quality patient care and professional growth. PURPOSE At NSU’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, the Jacksonville PA program mission is to prepare physician assistant students to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. We are well-equipped and committed to helping you gain a competitive advantage in your career, your community, and your life. That is the NSU Edge. VALUES Diversity Integrity Community Excellence