The Role of a Physician Associate
The Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision.
Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They train to perform a number of roles including; taking medical histories and conducting physical examinations, developing comprehensive patient management plans, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and prescribing medications (subject to the necessary legislation). PAs will request and interpret diagnostic studies and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion under the direct supervision of a doctor.
In developing this MSc, we aim to support the NHS workforce in the region and help meet the challenges of a modern day health service. Find out more
In June 2016 we presented at the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Hospitals NHS Trust's Grand Round and in April 2016 we also hosted an Open Evening at the University of Hull to promote the new programme. Links to presentation slides are embedded above
Latest News - January 2017
You can find out more about our PA programme at the University of York's Virtual Open Day - 9th February 3-5pm. HYMS colleagues will be on hand to answer your questions. More information is available here.
News - December 2016
Admissions for 2017/18 entry have now opened. Full details about the programme and how to apply are outlined below. We look forward to receiving your application.
We are pleased to confirm that Health Education England working across the Yorkshire and Humber Region (HEE) has committed to fully fund student fees for the 2017/18 cohort. This will cover both years of study. If scholarships are confirmed we will provide further updates here.
The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies
The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a two year intensive professional Master’s programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so that students get first-hand clinical experience from the outset. It is medically led by HYMS but with multi-professional input delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull and the NHS. This programme has been especially developed to meet the requirements of the National Competence and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates.
Why Choose HYMS?
- Build your career on our intensive, two year professional Masters programme.
- Work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in hospitals, GP surgeries and other settings.
- Thrive in our lively and interactive Problem-based learning (PBL) environment.
- Experience a broad range of high quality learning opportunities made available by a strong partnership between HYMS, the Universities of Hull and York and the NHS.
- Develop your knowledge, clinical skills and research skills in a student centred and patient focused environment.
This programme combines six taught modules and a quality / service improvement research project which are delivered alongside clinical placements in hospitals and in the community.
Further details about the module are available in the programme admissions brochure.
Campus teaching will be delivered by staff from HYMS and the Faculty of Health and Social Care, at the University of Hull. Clinical placements will take place at our NHS partners in the Yorkshire and Humber region in GP practices and hospitals.
This is a two year full-time programme, commencing in September 2017. The provisional term dates for the 2017/18 cohort are outlined below.
- Term 1 – 11th September 2017– 22nd December 2017
- Term 2 – 8th January 2018 – 27th April 2018 (including 2 weeks holiday for Easter)
- Term 3 – 30th April 2018 – 17th August 2018
- Term 1 – 17th September 2018 – 21st December 2019
- Term 2 – 7th January 2019 – 10th May 2019 (including 2 weeks holiday for Easter)
- Term 3 – 13th May 2019 – 23rd August 2019