CO 2012 PA III student with healthcare team in Peru
The globalization of the physician assistant concept has burgeoned within the last decade. Several countries are interested in the mid level practitioner concept and have established physician assistant training programs. The American Academy of Physician Assistants web page on volunteering and ethical considerations of PA practice abroad aids those interested in such work and provides background information regarding issues of malpractice insurance and liability.
In his 2006 speech entitled "Globalization and the University," Yale University's President Levin outlined the responsibility that large institutions have to improving the world around them. The Physician Associate Program, committed to this notion, sends students abroad for clinical clerkships. Clinical rotations outside the United States expose students to different cultures, encourage honing of the history and physical examination and teach students to be flexible caring for patients in resource limited environments. These experiences are transformative. To support the traveling student, we provide access to a Travel Medicine Clinic, emergency medications for those traveling to HIV endemic areas and evacuation insurance. Currently, students apply for international rotation sites in Peru, Uganda, and Spain.