The MPAS degree program is a full-time graduate level program with an integrated curriculum that contains both didactic and clinical educational experiences. The program is 27 months (7 academic semesters), starting with a year of didactic instruction followed by clinical application educational experiences and summative evaluation. During the first year, students build a strong academic foundation of medical knowledge in preparation for clinical training. The clinical education portion of the curriculum consists of 12 – four-week clinical rotations (nine core rotations and three elective rotations) which occur in various healthcare settings. Students have the option to choose a specialty pathway for electives. This specialty pathway allows students to spend up to three additional rotations in a specialty. Currently developed specialty pathways include:
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- General Surgery and Surgical specialties (orthopedics, cardiothoracic surgery)
- Medicine Subspecialties — hospitalist, cardiology, oncology
An interprofessional team approach to patient care is vital in today’s health care environment. The curriculum provides numerous opportunities for interprofessional education with other Pacific health-related programs (Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy) and through clinical training experiences in community hospitals and clinics.