Goals of the Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program

Program Goals

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program is deeply committed to:

  • Developing within each student a strong foundation in the basic medical and clinical sciences to enable them to meet the life-long challenges inherent in the practice of medicine. (Medical Knowledge)
  • Preparing students to communicate effectively with patients from diverse populations, their families, and other healthcare providers. (Interpersonal and Communication Skills)
  • Teaching students to have an integrated, patient-and-family-centered view that includes treatment, education, prevention and health care management.  (Patient Care)
  • Maintaining the program’s commitment to professionalism, leadership, and community service. (Professionalism)
  • Equipping students to meet the changing needs of the health care system and to work as collaborative members of the health care team. (Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Systems Based Practice)

Derived from the Core Competencies of the PA Profession

Medical Knowledge

  • PAs must demonstrate core knowledge in biomedical and clinical sciences and be able to apply this knowledge to clinical care.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • PAs must demonstrate interpersonal & communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients’ families, professional associates and other individuals within the healthcare system.

Patient Care

  • PAs must demonstrate care that is effective, safe, high quality, & equitable.


  • PAs must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to diverse population, & adherence to legal & regulatory requirements.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • PAs must be able to assess, evaluate, & improve their patient care practices. 

Systems Based Practice

  • PAs must demonstrate awareness and responsiveness to a larger system of health care to provide patient care that balances quality & cost, while maintaining the privacy of the individual patient.