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Perceived Efficacy and Utiligy of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Education

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Will, Kristen
Will KK, et al. Perceived Efficacy and Utility of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Education. Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants. 2016 Mar;29(3):46-48.

The purpose of this study was to explore graduates' perceptions of the efficacy and perceived utility of postgraduate physician assistant (PA) programs.


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.


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.


Completion of a postgraduate PA program is an alternative to on-the-job training. Graduates perceived that the benefits from these programs include increased competitiveness in the job market, decreased onboarding time, and overall enhancement of their professional careers.


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