Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Physician Associate Program

MCW Announces New Physician Associate Program

The Medical College of Wisconsin is pleased to announce it is developing a new Physician Associate Master of Science Program. This 28-month program will offer an interprofessional team approach in an academic medical center.
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Applications and Accreditation

The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application window will open in Spring 2024, with the inaugural cohort of students beginning in May 2025. The program is in the planning phase and will be applying for provisional accreditation with ARC-PA in Spring 2024. The program is currently not accredited. More information on program admissions will be provided soon, but if you’re planning ahead and want to talk with a program manager directly, please contact us!

PA Program Mission & Goals

To cultivate academically minded PAs who reflect the diversity of our communities we serve. Our innovative educational approach will prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills to promote the health of individuals and communities and to improve the healthcare system.
Academically-minded PAs:

Academically-minded PAs:

Critical and analytical thinkers who have an open mind to a diverse range of ideas. Students and faculty take a scholarly approach to their professional contributions to ensure dissemination of advances in patient care, health system science, education, and community health. PA graduates will successfully complete their capstone project to lay the groundwork for their individual career goals in academic and community medicine.
Diversity of our communities:

Diversity of our communities:

Incorporate inclusive practices in recruitment of faculty, staff, and students to promote a professional community with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We will engage local communities in the PA studies program to create and maintain an inclusive community for the populations we serve so that all populations feel comfortable in their care.
Educational approach:

Educational approach:

Competency-based training in an academic health center that focuses on self-directed and active learning techniques. Students will be trained to longitudinally reflect on their knowledge, skills, and dispositions and cultivate a professional identity as a valuable member of a interprofessional healthcare team that develops medical knowledge based on character, competence, and caring.
Promote the health of individuals and communities:

Promote the health of individuals and communities:

Act as an advocate for all patients. We will provide patients and their families with the education they need to make the best healthcare choice. We will focus on cultural humility to foster an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of the communities we serve.
Healthcare system:

Healthcare system:

Create awareness around the complexities of healthcare systems and develop actionable approaches to improve healthcare equity, access, cost, and quality.

Our Learning Environment

Students will be taught by healthcare professionals from one of the premier teaching hospital systems in the country and will learn alongside students preparing to be physicians, pharmacists, anesthesiologist assistants, and genetic counselors. PA students will complete clinical rotations at Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Wisconsin, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
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Faculty

The Faculty for the program will be a mix of full-time and part-time Physician Associate providers. This combination will allow students to learn from practicing PAs and have patient-facing experiences from the beginning of their program and have exposure to specialties outside of primary care.

Students

Students will have access to state-of the-art simulation labs and the hybrid learning environment will offer a mix of instructional methods, including lecture, small group work, case-based learning, simulations, and laboratory coursework.

Training

In addition to the PA curriculum, students will have the opportunity to receive training in research, education, and community health, ensuring they have a well-rounded educational experience that will allow them to provide exceptional care to the individuals and communities they serve.

Living and Working in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets and a prime location for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s main campus. A one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW students, faculty and employees take pride in calling Milwaukee home.
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 Meet Our Team

PA Program Administration

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Christine M. Everett, PhD, PAC, MPH

Founding Director, Chief, Associate Professor

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Jessica Grusnick, MPAS, PAC

Assistant Program Director, Assistant Professor

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Jamie Aranda, MD

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Physician Associate Studies; Medical Director, Froedtert Hospital Emergency Department; System Director, Advanced Practice Providers

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Erin Walcheske, MS

Program Manager II

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Rachel A. Davis, MFA, MA

Administrative Assistant

Contact Us

For phone inquiries and appointments, program administration can be reached Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside of these hours, please contact the program via email for a response within one to two business days.
(414) 955-7488
mcw_pa@mcw.edu
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