PA Program FAQs

Is a program on probation still accredited?

Yes, the program remains accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) during the Accreditation-Probation period, which is a minimum of two years.

When will the program status change next?

We hope to receive a revised status in the spring of 2025.  Although the program cannot control or guarantee ARC-PA’s decision, we are actively working to resolve ARC-PA’s findings that led to the probation decision and hope to return to Accreditation-Continued status.

How will the Accreditation-Probation status affect future entering classes?

The program will continue to admit up to 52 students per class during our regular admissions cycle. 

How will the Accreditation-Probation status affect the curriculum and clinical experiences?

The program will continue to deliver a rigorous and thorough foundation in generalist medicine and primary care education, striving for a balanced curriculum that provides students with fundamental principles of clinical practice, along with training in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties.

How will the Accreditation-Probation status affect the current staff and faculty support for students and alumni?

The program will continue to provide the resources our students and alumni need. We remain fully invested in providing an excellent and rigorous curriculum, an environment where students can succeed, and all the tools needed to find an excellent position in healthcare.

How does the program’s Accreditation-Probation status affect my degree from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences?

There is no effect on your degree. Once you meet the degree requirements, you will be awarded a Master of Science in Health Sciences and the PA Certificate of Completion as scheduled.

If the program is on probation, can I take the PANCE?

Yes. The program is accredited, which allows all program graduates to take the PANCE.

Can I apply for licensure if the program I graduated from is on Accreditation-Probation status?

Yes. The primary requirements for licensure are graduation from an accredited program and NCCPA certification. The program remains accredited during this probationary period.  

What if I have questions about what the program was cited for to place it in Accreditation-Probation status?

Our program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA Website.

What should I do if I have further questions?

Please contact our program team at paaccreditation@med.cornell.edu.

Apply Online

Submit your application online at CASPA.

 

Student Handbook

View the student handbook for the Master of Science in Health Sciences for Physician Assistants program.

 

Contact Information

570 Lexington Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10022
Telephone: (646) 962-7277
Fax: (646) 962-1290
Email: MSHSPA@med.cornell.edu

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Leadership

Kelly Ragusa Porta, DMSc, PA-C
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies Teaching in Medicine
Interim Program Director and Associate Program Director for Accreditation
ker2007@med.cornell.edu

Gerard J. Marciano, Ed.D., PA-C
Senior Advisor to The Program Director
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies in Surgery (Education)
gjm2001@med.cornell.edu

Katherine A. Hajjar, M.D.
Medical Director
Brine Family Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
khajjar@med.cornell.edu

Sandip Kapur, M.D.
Surgical Director
Professor of Surgery (Transplantation)
sak2009@med.cornell.edu

Gary J. Bouchard, Ph.D., PA-C
Associate Director / Director of Research
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies in Medicine (Education) - WCM
gjb2001@med.cornell.edu

William J. Ameres, M.S., PA-C
Director of Preclinical Education
Instructor of Physician Assistant Studies in Clinical Medicine - WCM
wja2001@med.cornell.edu

Maria E. Compte, M.D., MPH
Director of Assessment
Assistant Professor of Teaching in Medicine
mec2032@med.cornell.edu

David S. Reed, DrPH, PA-C, CHES
Director of Clinical Education
Instructor of Physician Assistant Studies in Clinical Surgery
dsr2006@med.cornell.edu

Shari LeFauve, M.S., PA-C
Instructor of Physician Assistant Studies in Medicine – WCM
sal2037@med.cornell.edu

Lisa Doron, M.S., PA-C
Instructor of Physician Assistant Studies in Medicine - WCM
lbg9001@med.cornell.edu

Carol Fiore, DMSc, PA-C, AT-C
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies in Surgery
caf2015@med.cornell.edu

Aisha Khalid Khan, PA-C, DMSc
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies in Surgery
akk4001@med.cornell.edu

 

Program Staff

Alexis Blount
Sr. Administrative Specialist
atc2002@med.cornell.edu

Ann Worrell
Program Specialist
amw7006@med.cornell.edu

Ashelin Quijije
Administrative Assistant
asq9002@med.cornell.edu

Amrishka Persad
Administrative Assistant
amp4008@med.cornell.edu

Numasetou Dukuray
Administrative Assistant
nud4001@med.cornell.edu

Godfrey David
Program Support Technician
gzd3001@med.cornell.edu

 

Courses and Required Curricular Components

View the courses and required curricular components for the Master of Science in Health Sciences for Physician Assistants program.