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New Doctor of Medical Science Program at George Fox University

There’s a new Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program coming in 2021–this time at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. 

The MMSc

This is not the first time, George Fox has mentioned a DMSc program–a similar announcement was made several years ago. But this time the core curriculum, embodied in a Master’s of PA medicine, has received provisional accreditation from ARC-PA.

George Fox will award a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) with a full year spent in the classroom for rigorous didactic learning, followed by another full year of intensive clinical training through nine four-week clinical rotations.

Already worthy of doctoral status with 114 credit hours, George Fox’s MMSc joins 268 other accredited masters-level PA programs in the US. Their new DMSc will only be the 7th.  

Medical education will be accomplished through problem-based learning where students work through collaborative cases to identify key concepts that are supported by more traditional classroom learning. 

The DMSc

After completing their core PA training, George Fox students will have the option of continuing an extra semester to complete the doctorate. The additional DMSc training includes a service component where students have the option to design and execute an international or local service trip.

George Fox University was founded by Quakers in 1891 and is named after the founder of the Quaker movement himself. Just outside of Portland, Oregon, the University’s 4,000 students “sign a lifestyle agreement, attend required chapel/current-event gatherings, and participate in service projects. No statement of faith or religious preference is required to attend, although the student body is overwhelmingly Christian.”

The first cohort of the MMSc/DMSc program at George Fox will consist of twenty students. Classes are set to start on Jan. 7, 2021. 

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