AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship

PAEA is accepting AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship applications from April 23 – June 3, 2024.

PAEA and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) offer three one-year research fellowships annually to help lower barriers to faculty participation in research and build the pipeline of PA research leaders. This program provides a substantial investment to strengthen the research skills and productivity of qualified PA faculty to conduct high-quality, publishable research.

The Fellowship seeks to:

  1. Fund protected time to allow fellows to conduct research and expand their research agendas.
  2. Broaden the fellows’ knowledge of the medical research community, data sources, and build their professional networks with prominent medical research organizations.
  3. Build a strong cohort of research leaders who mentor future PA researchers and become PA research experts who advance the profession.

The AAPA-PAEA Fellowship provides 20 percent of the recipient’s base salary up to $30,000 to each fellow’s institution to secure protected time for research. This gives the fellows a 20 percent time release from teaching and other activities to allow them to focus on their scholarly activity of interest to the PA profession and PA education.

The Fellowship will include virtual seminars and a two-to-four-day seminar in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Fellows will participate in exclusive Fellowship sessions and earn more than 25 Category 1 CME hours. Travel expenses to Washington, DC, will be covered in full.

Fellows are expected to use the release time to develop their research skills by completing and providing to PAEA a research project under the guidance of a mentor, engaging in educational activities, and broadening their knowledge of PA education and the PA profession. By the conclusion of the Fellowship, fellows should have completed their research and have their findings prepared for publication and presentation. Individuals selected for the Fellowship will be conferred the title of PAEA Research Fellow.


If you have questions concerning this grant program, please contact the Research team.

Current Fellows

Marcia Bouton, DMSc, MHPE, PA-C

Assistant Professor Midwestern University

Dr. Marcia Bouton worked in clinical laboratory science prior to attending Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant Program where she completed a B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies and an M.H.P.E. in 2003. She practiced clinically in surgical oncology and breast surgery for 19 years. In 2022, Dr. Bouton earned her DMSc and joined the faculty of the Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program the same year.

Throughout Dr. Bouton’s career, she has been involved in research related to breast surgery and health professions education. More recently she has focused on topics related to the PA profession such as PA-led research, PA leadership, and equity within the profession. She is a journal reviewer for JAAPA and Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery. She also reviews submissions for AAPA research grants and AAPA and PAEA conferences. She is currently serving as a member of the AAPA Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives and is an ASAPA research committee member.


Quincy Jones MSW, LCSW, MHS, PA-C

Associate Professor/Clinical Coordinator Duke University School of Medicine

Quincy Jones is an associate professor and clinical coordinator at the Duke PA Program where she has been a PA educator for the last 8 years.  She practices clinically in family medicine at a residential substance use disorder recovery program and in endocrinology in the Adult Gender Clinic at Duke.  Jones is currently pursuing her doctorate in public health with a focus on health, policy, administration, and leadership.  Her academic and research interests include sexual and gender minority health, hepatitis C treatment models for patients with substance use disorders, reducing bias in faculty hiring, student belongingness, and addressing healthcare disparities.



Hayden Middleton, DMSc, PA-C

Family Medicine Physician Assistant/Instructor in Family Medicine Mayo Clinic

Hayden Middleton, DMSc, PA-C, is a primary care provider, clinical researcher, and instructor of family medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He earned a neurobiology degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in PA Studies from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He most recently completed his Doctor of Medical Science degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, and as a part of his doctoral studies, he completed a research study focused on dermoscopy education amongst PA students.

As a 2023-2024 AAPA-PAEA research fellow, Dr. Middleton is investigating the utilization of dermoscopy amongst practicing PAs and aims to understand current dermoscopy education, associated barriers, and other factors that influence the use of this diagnostic tool in our profession. Through his research, he hopes that this study will be used to help guide future education of both PAs and PA students in dermoscopy and serve as the first step in determining how dermoscopy can be more widely adopted in PA practice.

Learn more about the three fellows and their research topics.

Previous Fellows

Click on each year to read more about the fellows and their research.