As stated in the PA Competencies, “Professionalism should be part of the essence of a person, not something that magically happens when a person puts on a white coat. Professionalism is acting in the best manner possible, following ethical principles, doing the right thing when no one is looking. It involves respect for the dignity of human life along with compassion for the patient as a fellow human being. Professionalism also involves an understanding of the patient’s cultural background and lifestyle choices.” To achieve this goal, the University of South Dakota PA program provides students with professionalism curriculum. Additionally, faculty model professionalism and monitor professionalism during the didactic phase. Finally, clinical faculty evaluate students on professionalism standards.
PA students are evaluated on professionalism by their clinical faculty:
We demonstrate achievement of our goals by compiling data from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), continuous program evaluation and graduating students.