DIVISION OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
West Virginia University located in Morgantown, WV, is seeking two (2) Assistant Professors for the Division of Physician Assistant Studies in the Department of Human Performance in the School of Medicine. Concurrent with new initiatives within the academic Health Sciences Center and its affiliated health system, university leadership is committed to fulfilling the WVU land grant mission of addressing the healthcare needs of West Virginia citizens. WVU is committed to the education of a health care workforce prepared to address population health needs, including the preparation of physician assistants as part of an inter-professional team. The Assistant Professors in the physician assistant studies program will be principal faculty members, and have primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate/graduate courses in areas of expertise during the didactic phase of the program, and recurring thereafter, and participation in program planning and review and revision of program mission and goals, along with design, review, and modification of the curriculum. They will also participate in the program's ongoing self-study process by assisting with data collection and analysis and development of an action plan. Will assist with the admissions process including review and revision of admissions rubrics, screening, interviewing, and rating of applicants.
The program will be administratively housed within the School of Medicine's Professional Programs unit; which is home to over 1,000 students enrolled in degree programs including exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical laboratory sciences, immunology, pathologists' assistant and health information management. The physician assistant program reports to the vice-dean for professional programs in the School of Medicine.
The Master's in Health Sciences major in Physician Assistant was approved by the WVU Board of Governors in April, 2018. The program has entered into the provisional accreditation process of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, [ARC-PA], and is scheduled for a site visit in February, 2019 with full ARC -PA review in September, 2019. Matriculation of first cohort of students is planned for January, 2020.
West Virginia University is a land grant Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research/Extensive institution, with approximately 32,500 students, including 27,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate/professional students. The WVU Health Sciences Center includes the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Nursing. Patient care facilities include a 645 bed teaching hospital, a Level I trauma center, and a 70-bed psychiatric hospital. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C. to the east, Pittsburgh, PA. to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the northwest. Morgantown has 55,000 residents and is rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S. with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside and many outdoor activities.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.