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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

Veterans Health Administration: Actions Needed to Better Recruit and Retain Clinical and Administrative Staff
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Health and the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs detailing the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) challenges in attracting, hiring, and retaining top healthcare talent, including in rural locations. Also discusses the VHA's capacity to perform key human resources functions and makes recommendations for future improvements.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Learning by Doing: The MD-PA Interprofessional Education Rural Rotation
Describes the Combined Medical-Physician Assistant Student Rural Rotation (Med-PARR) program at the Oregon Health & Science University, in which pairs of third-year MD students and second-year PA students spend 5 weeks together in a primary-care-focused clinical rotation in a rural area.
Author(s): Ryan Palmer, Curt Stilp
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 17, 4167
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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California’s Primary Care Workforce: Current Supply, Characteristics, and Pipeline of Trainees
Designed to help policymakers, consumers, healthcare leaders, and educational institutions understand California's primary care workforce needs. Describes the supply, distribution, and characteristics of California's primary care clinicians with rural-relevant information included throughout. Charts and graphs help illustrate important statistics, and technical definitions are clarified in the appendix.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Janet Coffman, Igor Geyn, Kristine Himmerick
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Kansas Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), counties designated as geographic primary care HPSAs, and counties with HPSA designation pending.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Determinants of Oral Health Assessment and Screening in Physician Assistant Clinical Practice
Results of a survey of physician assistant graduates, focused on their education in oral health and if or how they included oral health screenings and referrals in their clinical practice after graduation. Data and statistics for rural health clinics included, along with contributing factors of care such as availability of dentists, lack of insurance, and cost of dental work.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Vermont Population to Provider Ratios by Rational Service Area (RSA)
Map by county of primary care FTEs in the state of Vermont, as reported by physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Vermont Department of Health
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Clinical Training in the Rural Setting: Using Photovoice to Understand Student Experiences
Reports on a qualitative study of medical and physician assistant student training in 2 rural locations using photovoice - a participatory research methodology that combines photography and participant commentary.
Author(s): Emily Mader, Carrie Roseamelia, Sarah Lewis, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 16, 3877
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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Virginia’s Physician Assistant Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the physician assistant workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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How Could Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Be Deployed to Provide Rural Primary Care?
Examines various methods in which nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could meet the increased need for primary care services in rural areas as a result of the expanded access to health insurance due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Author(s): E.H. Larson, C.H.A. Andrilla, C. Coulthard, J. Spetz
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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AzCRH 2015 Supply and Demand Study of Arizona Health Practitioners and Professionals
An analysis update on Arizona’s healthcare workforce data derived from licensing boards, state and federal agencies, surveys, and interviews. Provides rural and urban comparisons of workforce data and identifies strategies to moderate the workforce demand for rural health services.
Author(s): Joe Tabor, Nick Jennings, Lindsay Kohler, et al.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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