Mayo launching PA training program with Saint Mary’s University

People hoping to become a physician assistant will soon have a new path to start their career.

Mayo Clinic Health System is announcing a new collaborative effort between their School of Health Sciences, Saint Mary’s University’s Winona campus and the University of Minnesota-Rochester.

The “3+2” program will allow students to spend their first three years of undergraduate studies at either school before moving to Mayo to finish their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Mayo’s School of Health Sciences dean, Dr. Michael Silber, says the goal of the program is to allow students to finish school a year sooner, which will help the hospital fill the high demand for physician assistants.

“The reason why we’re planning to start this new program is to try and take students from our local region and inculcate the entire Mayo way of training and educating, in the hopes that these students will be especially wanting to stay at Mayo for the rest of their career,” said Dr. Silber.

Mayo has a similar agreement in place with UW-La Crosse, which will continue into the future.

Silber says they are hoping to start accepting applications for the Saint Mary’s program starting in 2018 and begin classes in 2019, once the program is accredited.