CO 2012 PA III student with healthcare team in Peru
The globalization of the physician assistant concept has burgeoned within the last few decades. Several countries are interested in the mid-level practitioner concept and have established physician assistant training programs according to the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators.
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.
As President Peter Salovey has stated, “Yale is at the forefront of educating the next generation with leadership skills in global health to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. I hope we will continue to build our global health work across the University.” This shows the University’s commitment to improving the world around them. The Physician Associate Program is also committed to this cause and allows students the opportunity to complete elective clinical clerkships abroad. Clinical rotations outside the United States expose students to different cultures, encourage honing of history and physical examination skills and teach students to be more flexible caring for patients in resource limited environments. These experiences are transformative. To support the traveling student, Yale provides access to a Travel Medicine Clinic, emergency medications for those traveling to HIV endemic areas and evacuation insurance. Over the past few years students have completed international clinical rotations at sites in Peru, Uganda, China, Rwanda and Spain.