In 2019, the PAEA membership voted to further explore the implications of transitioning to an entry-level doctoral degree. Recognizing that this change would bring widespread implications for our members, the profession, and the broader health care landscape, PAEA launched a comprehensive review of the following core question:
Should PA education shift toward awarding a doctoral degree as the entry-level degree for the profession?
As a part of this review, PAEA hosted a Doctoral Summit in Charlotte, NC in March, 2023. PAEA invited over 60 participants including industry leaders, clinicians, students, faculty, and stakeholders from other health professions to inform PAEA positional policy related to the entry-level PA doctoral degree.
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