To help meet the growing need for qualified physician associates and assistants in primary care across the country and in medically underserved areas, the Yale University School of Medicine has approved adding a new pathway for earning a Yale physician associate degree by blending online coursework with on-site clinical experiences.

While approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant is pending, the blended format would feature collaborative, live classes in a face-to-face online setting, as well as interactive course work developed by Yale faculty. Groups of students would meet online and go through real clinical cases and discuss medical ethics or trends in PA practice.

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The program also would feature in-person immersive experiences that allow students to collaborate with classmates and professors on-site at Yale’s campus in New Haven, Conn.

“The blended program will provide the same didactic and clinical training that on-campus students receive, with key improvements such as immersive, interactive course videos that all of our students—both those in the traditional program and in the new blended program—can review as often as they want,” said PA Program Director James Van Rhee.

2U, an educational technology company currently working with 12 universities including the University of North Carolina, Georgetown University, and Northwestern University, will be providing the technology platform and support.

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