The mission of the Pfeiffer University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is to educate servant leaders from diverse backgrounds as physician assistants who will provide exceptional health care in an inter-professional setting--serving rural medically underserved populations through community involvement, public health policy, and advocacy.
The vision of the Pfeiffer University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is to be recognized for its commitment to excellence in physician assistant education, scholarly activity, and servant leadership in the areas of health disparities and social justice.
In keeping with the values of Pfeiffer University, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will abide by the following tenets:
- Educational excellence in a learner-centered community.
- Realization of full potential.
- Inclusion of diverse learners in a caring, accessible community - the Pfeiffer Family.
- Spiritual heritage and faith formation.
- Integrity and dignity.
Statement on Racial Injustice
We, the students of the Inaugural Class of Physician Assistants at Pfeiffer University, feel compelled to address the current state of affairs in our nation. The recent senseless murders of Americans George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have elevated long-standing racial issues to the forefront of our collective consciousness. We are acutely aware of the injustices faced by Black communities in our society – from disparities in infant mortality to inequities in educational opportunities to the disproportionate number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that the experience of our fellow citizens is still determined by the color of skin.
As future healthcare professionals, we commit ourselves to learn the art of medicine in the context of a society in which the reality of life and death is impacted by the color of one’s skin. The work of dismantling the systemic inequalities faced by our fellow citizens is enormous and daunting, but we will not bear this oppressive and racist system we have inherited. We want change. Now.
We are working to identify and address health disparities in our community, and to that end, are engaged in research and advocacy on real-world issues of health disparity. Our cohort at Pfeiffer University’s Physician Assistant program is implementing initiatives through our Project S.E.E.D (Serving Everyone, Embracing Diversity) to address and correct inequalities. We are excited about the launch of Project S.E.E.D - Next Generation, a program focused on recruiting and retaining minority students into the PA profession through effective mentorships. As the inaugural class, we are setting the standard for future classes and future providers.
We recognize the scope, scale, and systemic nature of factors that contribute to racial inequity in our society. Pfeiffer University physician assistants value the sanctity of the white coat we wear, and we strive to earn the trust and high esteem of all of our patients and colleagues regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or creed.
As guardians of health, we vow to be there before anyone has the chance to say, “I can’t breathe.”
The Inaugural Class 2022