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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

Virginia's Physician Assistant Workforce: 2017
An overview of the physician assistant (PA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2017 Physician Assistant Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of PAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Primary Care Human Resources - Arizona 2018
Identifies primary care provider to population ratios for each county and primary care area in Arizona, as well as the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and midwives for each county and primary care area in the state.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development
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Rural Rotation Program: Utah Medical Education Council, 2007-2018
Provides county-level data on clinical rotations for advanced-practice registered nurses (APRN), pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and physician assistants (PA) in rural and undeserved areas of Utah since 2007.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Evaluation of a Potential New Health Sciences School at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to Meet the Needs of the Region and State
Results of a study exploring the feasibility of establishing a School of Health Sciences and Health Care in Robeson County, a rural high-poverty area ranked among the worst for health outcomes in North Carolina in 2016. Features statistics on the North Carolina workforce and education programs in optometry, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Thomas J. Bacon, Evan M. Galloway, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Trends in Primary Care Provision to Medicare Beneficiaries by Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants: 2008-2014
Examines trends in elderly patients receiving primary care from physicians alone, physicians with nurse practitioners (NPs) and/or physician assistants (PAs), and NPs/PAs without physicians. Considered these models for delivering primary care to Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions and Medicare patients in rural and health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).
Author(s): Ying Xue, James S. Goodwin, Deepak Adhikari, Mukaila A. Raji, Yong-Fang Kuo
Citation: Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 8(4), 256-263
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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Indiana: Physician Assistant Workforce
Information on demographics and distribution of Indiana physician assistants (PAs). Includes a county-level map showing population to PA ratios, with shadings to show rural counties.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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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.
Additional links: Full Report
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
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 17(1), 4167
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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California's Primary Care Workforce: Current Supply, Characteristics, and Pipeline of Trainees
Describes the supply, distribution, and characteristics of California's primary care clinicians with rural-relevant information included throughout. Addresses primary care residency program distribution and training.
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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Minnesota's Physician Assistant Workforce, 2016
Provides an overview of Minnesota's physician assistant (PA) workforce using data from the 2016 PA survey. Discusses demographic information, education, employment, and the distribution of PAs across rural and urban areas Minnesota.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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