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The EMU Physician Assistant (PA) Program offers superb facilities and resources for students and faculty.

Rackham Building

In the heart of EMU's main campus, the historic Rackham Building underwent a $3.6 million renovation, specifically for the new EMU PA program. This late 1930's building now boasts a beautiful and functional space that includes art deco features such as tile and wood paneling on many of the walls, granite drinking fountains, student lockers and new technology including high-speed WiFi and multiple large LED screens.

Rackham Building Hallway

Advanced Classroom

The Advanced Classroom is equipped with two 80" flat-screen LED monitors that offer clear visualization. Also included is a lecture capture system and comfortable student seating. It is equipped with high-capacity WiFi and electrical outlets at each student seat, along with storage on one side of the room and a display board at the other end. There is a new instructor station with a computer, large screen and Elmo projector system. In addition, the room boasts additional items such as a built-in bench with storage for books and two large display cabinets.

Advanced Classroom

View of one-half of the Advanced Classroom

PA Students in Classroom

    PA students during class

Clinical skills laboratories

There are two matching skills laboratories that offer flexibility with 80" LED monitors, teaching stations along with triangular student work spaces and multiple sinks and shelving for student books and equipment. These rooms are used for clinical skills training, such as practice with urinary catheter trainers, IV and injection mannikin arms and suturing.

Physical examination laboratory

The Rackham Building houses two physical examination settings. The physical examination laboratory has an open floor plan with seven patient exam tables, each equipped with real medical equipment such as ophthalmoscopes, otoscopes and blood pressure cuffs. Privacy curtains separate each exam space. The physical examination laboratory allows students to hone examination and intervention skills while also providing ease of student instruction with a flexible room that includes a large whiteboard, 80" LED monitor and teaching station.

Advanced patient exam suite

Constructed to closely mimic an outpatient family practice office, the advanced patient exam suite includes a waiting room along with six realistic patient rooms. Each exam room includes a fully functional sink and counter with built-in disposal receptacles, standard medical equipment and supplies, a laptop for documentation practice and recording software (pan-tilt-zoom camera and microphone system). Also, there is a control room where faculty can watch, listen and record simulated patient encounters.

Patient Exam Room

Patient Exam Room

Exam Control Room - Video Screen

Control Room

Small group rooms

Built specifically for the PA program, there are four small group rooms that each contain a large meeting table with built-in electrical outlets, hard-wired internet and WiFi, along with adapters to easily connect to a 70" LED screen. Students have comfortable seating, a spacious environment and a 12' magnetic whiteboard. Many of these rooms also feature original woodwork that was recently refinished and a freshly painted accent wall. These rooms are only accessible to PA students and faculty with swipe card access to allow for use as study rooms or for PA students to work collaboratively.

PBL Small Group

PA students and facilitator discussing a patient case during a
PBL session in one of the small group rooms.

Computer room

This room includes twenty-two individual computer stations, a teaching station, 70" LED monitor, 12' whiteboard and a high-volume printer.

Student lounge

The student lounge provides students with comfortable seating, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink, snack and pop/water vending machines and student computer station complete with printer. The student lounge provides students with all the amenities they need to relax in-between classes and the ability to get nourishment without having to leave the building.

Faculty and staff offices

Spacious faculty offices situated close to the PA teaching spaces allows students to simply walk down the hall to speak with faculty. PA faculty and staff office are conveniently located near one another to promote communication and teamwork.

Executive meeting room

This space resembles a classic executive boardroom and serves as the perfect setting for meetings or student small group sessions. This room includes the original parquet wood flooring, a large stone fireplace, flip-down video projector and video screen, period-style lighting and original wood paneling that has been restored. Eleanor Roosevelt visited this building decades ago and her picture was taken in this room.

Meeting Room

Executive Meeting Room

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Eastern Michigan University collaborates with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to provide exceptional educational opportunities to PA students. St. Joe's is a large hospital located less than two miles from EMU's main campus. The partnership between these institutions has created a dynamic learning environment that is mutually useful to both EMU students and local health care professionals from various disciplines. EMU has contributed over $1 million toward construction, along with substantial annual lease agreements to partner with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for the new Human Anatomy Cadaver Laboratory and Medical Simulation Center. 

Medical Simulation Center

The new, high-fidelity simulation center includes three simulation rooms setup as hospital rooms, three simulated outpatient exam rooms, a large classroom, three debriefing rooms and a task trainer room. A robust recording system of cameras and microphones in each of the simulated hospital and exam rooms captures all of the action and has capabilities to provide multiple camera angles for both live and recorded viewing of simulation activities. The debriefing rooms are equipped with large 55" LED touch-screen computers that provide students with instant feedback of their simulation experiences during debriefing exercises. The simulation center is well-equipped with multiple high-fidelity simulators and mannikins such as Sim Man 3G, Noelle (birthing simulator), Hal (pediatric simulator), numerous task trainers (laparoscopic suturing, sternotomy, intubation and more) along with a realistic laparoscopic simulator and moulage area for preparation of simulations. For more insight into our simulation center and medical simulation capabilities, visit: http://www.stjoeshealth.org/simulation.

Ribbon cutting






Official ribbon cutting event, May 2014

Childbirth Simulator












Noelle, the birthing simulator

Sim Man 3G











Sim Man 3G

SIM Control Room










Simulations Control Room

Human Anatomy Cadaver Lab

Students learn in a newly renovated lab with six human cadavers (five students per cadaver), numerous anatomy models, iPad and wireless projection to a 60" LED screen. Students enjoy learning in the new Human Anatomy Cadaver Laboratory (over 1,000 sq. ft.) that accommodates eight cadaver dissection tables along with multiple iPads with wireless projection to three large LED flat screens, student seating, six large magnetic whiteboards, office space complete with computers and anatomy resources and a locker room.

Supervised Clinical Practice Locations

The EMU PA Program coordinates supervised clinical practice experiences in a variety of health care settings. Students are provided with a well-rounded clinical experience through exposure to suburban, rural and urban settings in large hospitals, outpatient clinics and small private practice offices. Many local PAs and physicians serve as clinical preceptors to provide students with great learning experiences within a short drive from campus. We continue to develop relationships with potential clinical sites both locally and elsewhere within the state of Michigan.

The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090