We Together: Physician Assistant Program K-State

In September of 2020, we announced an academic partnership with Kansas State University for the new Physician Assistant program in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Today, the program’s first class of 36 students has begun the 27-month journey to achieve a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. There were 800 applications for these 36 spots. Half of those enrolled are out-of-state students.

Students in the program, and our own physician assistants, will have access to the Stormont Vail Health simulation lab located at Carl Ice Hall in Manhattan. Stormont Vail helped in funding the state-of-the-art lab that will have adult, pediatric, infant and trauma simulators. Students will start using the simulation rooms this semester, which will provide crucial training of a more realistic hands-on experience that the traditional classroom alone wouldn’t be able to provide.

Stormont Vail will be able to provide input on the curriculum using real-work examples and skills. David Brosa, APP in the emergency department, is working on clinical rotation sites as part of the clinical team at KSU. He will help with the clinical procedures and physical exam course.

“These are important students,” David said. “I am looking forward to teaching in both the clinical setting and classroom. I will help precept students in the ER.”

David was a junior at K-State when he saw an article in the newspaper about an Orthopedic PA and thought it sounded like a wonderful and interesting career. That’s when he applied to Wichita State’s PA school and has been a physician assistant for the last 30 years.

The program will accept 40 students in its second year and 44 students in the subsequent years.

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