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Physician Associate Studies - MSc

Course Description

The Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They train to perform a number of roles including; taking medical histories and conducting physical examinations, developing comprehensive patient management plans, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and prescribing medications (subject to the necessary legislation). PAs will request and interpret diagnostic studies and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion under the direct supervision of a doctor.

In developing this MSc, we aim to support the NHS workforce in the region and help meet the challenges of a modern day health service.

The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies

The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a two year intensive professional Master’s programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so that students get first-hand clinical experience from the outset. It is medically led by HYMS but with multi-professional input delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull and the NHS. This programme has been especially developed to meet the requirements of the National Competence and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates.

Why Choose HYMS?

-Build your career on our intensive, two year professional Masters programme.
-Work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in hospitals, GP surgeries and other settings.
-Thrive in our lively and interactive Problem-based learning (PBL) environment.
-Experience a broad range of high quality learning opportunities made available by a strong partnership between HYMS, the -Universities of Hull and York and the NHS.
-Develop your knowledge, clinical skills and research skills in a student centred and patient focused environment.

Course Structure

This programme combines six taught modules and a quality / service improvement research project which are delivered alongside clinical placements in hospitals and in the community.

Visit the Physician Associate Studies - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Steven Dumont

“HYMS’ amazing digital resources have been indispensable in helping me and my fellow students develop our clinical understanding and expertise. Our iBooks are structured around weekly themed learning activities which include virtual patient cases, simulated patient videos, quizzes, short recorded lectures, clinical placement learning notes and other self-directed learning resources. It’s great to know that all my essential learning resources are never far away”

Steven Dumont, HYMS PA student


Entry Requirements

All applicants must have at least a 2:1 in a relevant Biosciences Degree (for example, Biomedical, Biological or Medical Sciences.

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