Perceived efficacy and utility of postgraduate physician assistant training programs

Kristen K. Will, Jennifer Williams, Ginny Hilton, Laurie Wilson, Holly Geyer

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ABSTRACT: Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore graduatesʼ perceptions of the efficacy and perceived utility of postgraduate physician assistant (PA) programs.Methods: Using an online tool, a survey was sent to postgraduate PA program graduates that contained demographic questions and descriptive questions examining the perceived utility of completing a postgraduate PA program.Results: Surveys were e-mailed to 149 graduates of postgraduate PA programs; 113 responded (75% response rate). After completing postgraduate training, 97% of graduates felt their training made them more competitive in the job market; 74% believed time from orientation to full productivity was reduced; and 95% would recommend completion of a postgraduate training program.Conclusions: Completion of a postgraduate PA program is an alternative to on-the-job training. Graduates perceived that the benefits from these programs include increased competiveness in the job market, decreased onboarding time, and overall enhancement of their professional careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
StateAccepted/In press - Feb 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nurse Assisting


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