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Physician Assistant Studies in Downers Grove

Midwestern University Physician Assistant (PA) students become outstanding physician assistants: 99% of our Class of 2013 graduates passed the examination on their first attempt, compared to a 94% 2013 nationwide pass rate for all first-time takers. Our graduates practice across the United States and abroad in a wide variety of specialties. Approximately 28% of those responding to the Class of 2013 graduate survey practice in primary care, another 57% practice in emergency medicine or other medical subspecialties, and approximately 15% practice in general surgery or surgical subspecialties. The average reported annual starting salary of the graduates of the Class of 2013 is $81,028*.

Our rigorous physician assistant program includes education in the basic sciences, clinical medicine, physical examination, evidence-based practice, and professional issues. The clinical training component includes core rotations in surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, family medicine, geriatric medicine, pediatric medicine, and women's health, and elective rotations in a variety of specialties and diverse settings.

The PA Program faculty closely follow the academic and professional development of each student throughout his or her time at Midwestern University. In addition, PA faculty continue to serve as mentors and provide professional references long after students graduate from the Program. Many of our more than 1,300 alumni remain active in the PA Program as core faculty, small group leaders, guest lecturers, and clinical training preceptors. The PA Program promotes community service and participation in professional leadership opportunities, and strives to create compassionate providers who will be life-long learners and provide excellent medical care throughout their careers.

*February 2014 survey of the graduating class of 2013 (85% of graduates responding)


Program News

Midwestern Invites Community to Health Fair, Offers Free Flu Shots  IL

The entire community is invited to Midwestern University to participate in a free Community Health Fair on Saturday, September 29th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NOON. The event will be held at the Midwestern University campus, located at 555 31st Street in Downers Grove.  More ››

Midwestern University Presents Littlejohn Awards  IL

Midwestern University recently inducted three new members into the Littlejohn Society. The Littlejohn Award is the highest honor bestowed by the University and is presented each year to one faculty member, one staff member, and one alumnus who best embody the qualities of service and commitment to the University.  More ››

Midwestern Earns Spot on National Honor Roll for Commitment to Community Service  AZ IL

As a testament to Midwestern University’s commitment to community service, the University once again earned a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  More ››

View Midwestern University’s Magazine on the Web   AZ IL

The official magazine of Midwestern University is now available on the web. The Magazine aims to build pride and loyalty among our alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the University.  More ››

Clothing Drive  IL

The Classes of 2012 are sponsoring a clothing drive for the People's Resource Center.  More ››

Spread the Warmth  IL

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CPR Certification  IL

Hey Students, Faculty, and Staff...Are you CPR Certified??? BLS for Healthcare Providers American Heart Association is offering CPR Certification on the Downers Grove Campus. This program is being sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Club.  More ››