Beyond the Clinic: Physician Assistant Student Perspectives on Careers in Physician Assistant Education

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Abstract

Purpose

Professional training programs for physician assistants (PAs) have been rapidly expanding. The profession therefore needs to develop a sufficiently robust teaching workforce.

Methods

This study surveyed current PA students from all Physician Assistant Education Association member programs to ascertain their level of interest in and understanding of careers in PA education, including faculty and precepting roles.

Results

The study revealed that interest was greatest in precepting roles. A higher level of education before attending a PA program correlated with a higher interest in PA education roles, although an education-related degree did not show a significant relationship with such roles.

Conclusion

These and other study findings are important to consider as the profession continues to develop a pipeline to education careers for students and clinicians.

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