Our Mission Works For You

Our Mission Works For You


(Music Playing in Background) The mission of the Red Rocks Physician Assistant program is to train clinically competent and compassionate primary care PAs to serve the medically under served. Red Rocks is mission focused. The mission drives everything we do. The Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program is developed specifically to address the needs of the under served patients of Colorado. A physician assistant is classified as a midlevel provider that works under the supervision of a physician to provide competent medical care to patients. A PA is really, I think, a key member of the healthcare team. PAs are trained to do 80 to 85% of what their supervising physician does. PAs do a large variety of things in the workforce. They review patient medical histories, they also elicit histories from patients themselves. PAs also have the responsibility of prescribing medications as part of their treatment plan for patients. It’s very difficult to get into the program. We usually have at least 10 applicants for every seat that we’re able to fill. Applicants must have a bachelors degree prior to entering our program. Applicants must have at least 2000 hours of healthcare relevant experience that’s paid in order to get into the program. We build a team here. We build a cohort of students who we believe will work well together and we engage in a lot of peer teaching so it’s very important to this program and to its mission to build a team of students who will work through the program together. The Physician Assistant training program is definitely a rigorous program. Here at the Red Rocks PA program, our students complete 25 continuous months of training We require a significant amount of past science background or previous training in the college level to help prepare the students to succeed better in our program here. The curriculum is guided by competencies that are set forth by national organizations and then our own mission. We have spent a lot of time placing our curriculum within the primary care setting. It’s very important to us that we train physician assistants that are not only competent and compassionate, but that are prepared to go out into real clinical settings and practice primary care. So our focus has been through not only all the national standards in rigors but our own personal goals to place physicians assistants into under served communities throughout Colorado. Over half a million Coloradoans will enter the healthcare system in the next few years. By 2025, Colorado will need an additional 2200 primary care providers. There are some counties where there’s only a single provider responsible for caring for everybody within that county Primary care handles basically all of medicine throughout the lifespan on a general basis. Primary care really is about the whole person, the whole body versus a specialist who is really gonna focus on one part of the body. Primary care involves working in a setting such as women’s health, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics. The great part about primary care is that we really have a focus in prevention. Our job is to catch disease early on. So primary care providers are here to get the little things taken care of so that disease doesn’t progress on. A compassionate PA is someone who cares about their patients and the successful outcome of the treatment plan. At the Red Rocks PA program, we don’t just teach quality of care. We teach the quality of caring. A compassionate PA is a clinician who has the skill of listening to their patients, who are concerned in not just providing care but in providing preventive education, providing adequate followup to help people achieve their bets health. Community Teamwork Competence Respect Primary Care Leaders (All) Our mission works for you! (Music Playing in Background)

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