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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