The first 12 months of the program focus on online classes and coursework in which students explore the various organ systems, such as cardiology, hematology, and gastroenterology. Pediatric, emergency, and geriatric medicine are integrated throughout the curriculum as students work to refine their clinical skills and consider how learned material is applicable in real-life situations.
Yale PA Online Program students meet in live classes each week to engage with faculty members and fellow students. Coursework is delivered through a multimedia format, and the curriculum takes an organ-systems approach to medicine.
Yale PA Online also has a dedicated clinical placement team that works in partnership with program faculty to locate qualified clinical rotation sites in or near students’ communities. Students spend 15 months in these rotations and also attend three week-long on-campus immersions. Additionally, the Clinical Experience in Early Didactic (CEED) provides first-year students in the Yale PA Online Program with 120+ hours of direct patient care experience in the didactic year.
- The Yale PA Online curriculum is designed to educate students to become patient-centered medical professionals.
- The curriculum develops the student’s ability to diagnose and treat disease and illness through listening and communicating with patients, collaborating with other health care professionals, and understanding the most current research and methodologies.
- YSM faculty members are scholars and practitioners who foster ethical and collaborative learning.