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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants|
|State||Accepted/In press - Feb 2 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nurse Assisting