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Upcoming PA Events

Here are some upcoming events for people interested in the Physician Assistant Program.

PA Program Information Meetings

Although we are unable to meet with applicants individually, you can meet with program faculty and find out more about the graduate program in person by attending one of our information meetings held the third Monday evening of every month (with the exception of January when it is on the second Monday of that month) on the McNichols Campus.

2017 meetings will be held on the following Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m:

  • Oct. 16 – Health Professions Room 021
  • Nov. 20 – Health Professions Room 021
  • Dec. 18 – Health Professions Room 021
  • Jan. 8 — Health Professions Room 021
  • Feb. 19 — Health Professions Room 021
  • March 19 — Health Professions Room 021
  • April 16 — Health Professions Room 021
  • May 21 — Health Professions Room 021
  • Jun 18 — Health Professions Room 021
  • July 16 — Health Professions Room 021
  • August 20 — Health Professions Room 021


The didactic and clinical portions of the Physician Assistant Program reflect a fundamental allegiance to the compassionate delivery of services to those in need. The Program implements this commitment through a curriculum which emphasizes the practical and policy issues of: health promotion and disease prevention; primary care delivery in urban communities and; the team approach to delivery of care to populations with special needs.

The Physician Assistant Program is committed to a student-centered approach to graduate education and equal educational access for interested and qualified applicants. The Program strives to maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and an environment promoting personal growth and professional advancement which culminates in the graduation of humane and ethical practitioners.

The University of Detroit Mercy is an independent, Catholic institution of higher learning which exists primarily for teaching, learning and research. Through an ongoing collaboration between students and instructors, the Physician Assistant Program encourages the development of self-directed professionals, prepared for life-long learning in clinical, educational and research milieus.


The University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to the education of clinically competent medical professionals thoroughly prepared to deliver quality patient care in the context of a dynamic health care delivery system.


PA graduates have excellent National Certification Examination pass rates Click this link to view the PANCE Results Summary - Pass rates.

Detroit Mercy's Physician Assistant Program has been educating PAs since 1972. Our graduates go on to work in all areas of medicine and many can be found in leadership position in most of the major health systems in the metro Detroit area. Several of our graduates have continued their education in selective post graduate residencies.

Read more about program outcomes in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site.

Student Organizations

Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:

Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants' (SAAAPA)

The William Beaumont Society


We, the students of the University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program, realize that only through the formal organization can we best fulfill the purposes of mutual benefit to ourselves, our academic institution and the community in which we live. It is for this reason that we establish the William Beaumont Society.

The purpose of the society is to provide a framework in which to perform while in the University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program. The objective of the society is to foster academic and clinical excellence in the physician assistant student.

Historical Background:

The William Beaumont Society (WBS) was started with the first class of PA students in 1972 as a chapter of the Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
The chapter took on the name "The William Beaumont Society" in honor of Dr. Beaumont, M.D. who was a pioneer in physiology and medicine in the late 1700's and early 1800's credited with being among the first American medical researchers. He started his medical career as an apprentice in Vermont. He then served as a surgeon's mate in the War of 1812. After the war, Dr. Beaumont came to Fort Mackinac in Michigan Territory. He began his extensive research on the human digestive process when a Canadian voyager, Alexis ST. Martin, was accidentally shot in the stomach at close range. Beaumont conducted experiments on the digestive tract over several years.

Dr. Beaumont gained worldwide recognition for his observations and tests on the human digestive system which had revealed more about the gastrointestinal process than had ever before been known.

Like Dr. Beaumont, the first students of the University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program were pioneers, creating a new path of medicine in Michigan.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are elected by fellow PA students in the first two weeks of the fall semester and will hold office for one year.

Member Activities

The William Beaumont Society is both a service and a resource organization Past and planned WBS activities include:

  • Christmas donations to families in need by providing gifts and food.
  • Collection for COTS
  • Volunteer Cancer screening
  • Education and awareness of the Physician Assistant profession in local schools.

In addition, WBS provides services for its members:

  • Discounts in purchasing educational books.
  • Discounts in purchasing medical supplies.
  • A student-faculty forum for student issues to be heard by the faculty

The William Beaumont Society
University of Detroit Mercy, PA Program
4001 W. McNichols
Detroit, Michigan 48221

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