During the didactic or classroom phase of the PA Program at UAMS, the program places students with a physician or physician assistant mentor. The goal of mentoring is to provide the students with exposure to clinical experiences and working with real patients before the clinical phase of the program begins.
An assigned mentor in the Little Rock and surrounding area will work with a PA student for approximately 1 hour on three different occasions during a semester. The didactic semesters include a summer, fall and spring semester.
The students elicit a history from patients in an inpatient setting the first semester (summer), conduct a complete history and physical exam from a patient in an inpatient setting during the second semester (fall), and then perform a problem-oriented history and physical exam from a patient in an outpatient setting during the third semester (spring).
The role of the mentor is to locate a patient who is willing to allow the student to complete a history or history and physical examination. The student will meet the assigned patient, complete the physical exam and/or history and then will mentor with the mentor for approximately an hour for the student to orally present, obtain feedback from the mentor, and ask questions.
Mentoring is not a large time commitment but allows the medical provider to be involved with the education of the PA students. You could get involved in all three semesters or just one semester. It is a great way to get involved in PA education!