Physician Assistant Program Clinical Clerkship

Family & Community Medicine 
Neal O' Callaghan
Geographic Area Served

Albuquerque, New Mexico State-wide, Santa Fe, Tribal / Reservation
Project Description
Clinical clerkships in PA education are mandated by the accrediting agency, ARC-PA. Communities benefit by having mid-level providers in the clinics to see additional patients. Communities also learn about the PA profession and the educational program at UNM.

Mission is to educate NM residents to practice medicine in rural NM. Program lasts for 25 consecutive months with SOM classes in the mornings and PA classes each afternoon. Students are encouraged to practice in NM upon graduation.

9.5 months of clinical clerkships are part of the PA Program curriculum and are located in rural NM to increase chances of students seeking employment in those areas when they graduate. Clerkships also increase public awareness of Physician Assistants and provide mid-level assistance to rural clinics, hospitals and private practice.

PA students spend a total of 9 1/2months under the supervision of MD's or PA's throughout NM. At least 4-5 months must be in rural NM.

Completion of program prerequisites, 3.0 in Science prerqs, 2.75 GPA in most recent 50 college credits and patient care experience

Course Information

Department: PAST
Course #: 401-409
Each course is taught once in the 25 month curriculum.   

Contact Information:
Location Mailing Address
UNM North Campus
Family & Community Medicine
Surge Bldg, Ste 251
 UNM North Campus
Family & Community Medicine
MSC 09 5040
Email Telephone
Neal O'Callaghan
Marlys Harrison
Neal O'Callaghan (505) 272-3898
Marlys Harrison (505) 272-1402

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