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University of Alabama: Increasing Underrepresented Minorities

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Studies program has been awarded a grant of $1,492,465 from HRSA to expand mental health training for their students, increase the number of underrepresented in medicine, and extend clinical care to more underserved patient populations.  In Alabama, 62 of the 67 counties fall under the federal definition of Health Professional Shortage Areas. More than one-third of recent UAB PA graduates serve in…

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Hofstra University: Students Use Creativity to Educate on Equitable Health for All

During National Public Health Week in April 2021, Hofstra University’s Class of 2022 PA students participated in the 7th Annual Hofstra National Public Health Week Film Competition, which focused on implicit bias and health equality. The students, mentored by Hofstra PA faculty, created videos addressing a range of public health issues such as Black maternal health disparities, the impact of COVID-19 on children living with developmental disabilities, cardiovascular interventions, and more. Two Hofstra PA student teams even took home first and second prize out of 15 competing submissions.  Creative storytelling…

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There are all kinds of social determinants of education, and there’s a difference between those who have privilege and who don’t. It’s not as simple as, “you’re doing well,” or “you’re failing.” We look at all the intersections of someone’s identity rather than just telling them to learn how to study.

Darin Ryujin , Associate Professor and Director of Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Utah PA Program

PALLA Fellow Designs Longitudinal LGBTQ+ Health Curriculum

Jenna Schiller, PA-C, MMS My name is Jenna Schiller. I graduated from the Towson/CCBC PA program in 2017. I was accepted as a Physician Assistant Learning and Leadership Academy (PALLA) fellow in September 2020 and recently became a graduate of the fellowship in May 2021. Throughout the fellowship, we were tasked with developing an individual project that was potentially a gap in PA education or an area that we felt could be expanded or improved.

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Assessment

PAEA Assessment’s guiding principle is to educate and support programs to graduate knowledgeable and competent PAs who will improve health for all.

PACKRAT®

A 225-question tool that is intended to mark important transition points for PA students.

Can be delivered in a proctored or unproctored environment, with an adjustable testing window.

Used by 90% of PA programs.

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End of Rotation™ Exams

A set of 120-question (100 scored) examinations focused on the seven core clinical areas.

All exam questions are statistically validated for accuracy and consistency by professional psychometricians.

Administered 50,000 times each year.

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End of Curriculum™ Exam

A 300-question (250 scored) examination to be delivered in the last four months of PA education.

All exam questions are pilot-tested with PA students, statistically validated, and set to standards determined by PA education experts.

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