Support to Advance Research ( STAR ) Program

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Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent suspension of the 2020 PAEA Program Survey, PAEA will not hold a separate STAR competition in 2021.

The Support to Advance Research ( STAR ) Program is adapted from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s CAFM Educational Research Alliance Program. The STAR program allows PA faculty researchers to submit no more than 10 survey questions to be included in the PAEA Program Survey. The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase the quality and frequency of research and scholarly activity among faculty of PAEA member institutions
  • Improve the process for surveying constituents with better questions and fewer surveys
  • Provide a clearinghouse of data that faculty of PAEA member institutions can use to produce scholarly work

If selected, STAR researchers may be asked to fine-tune their survey questions in collaboration with PAEA research staff, based on reviewer comments. Following the close of the 2019 Program Survey, STAR researchers will receive de-identified data from their questions. As part of the submission, faculty members may request other variables from the 2019 Program Survey to be included in their dataset. However, the data requested must be directly related to the proposal’s research question(s), must not identify programs, and will be issued at the discretion of PAEA Research Team and the Research Mission Advancement Commission.


If you have any questions, please contact the Research team.

Previous Recipients

  • 2020 Recipient: LGBTQ Curriculum in Physician Assistant Programs
    Quincy Jones, MSW, MHS, PA-C, assistant professor at the Duke University PA program
  • 2019 Recipient: PA Program Policies to Assess and Address Student Reports of Negative Events during Clinical Training,
    Nicholas Hudak, MPAS, PA-C, associate professor at the Duke University PA program
  • 2018 Recipient: Assessing Curricular Approaches to Transgender Health
    Joanne Rolls, MPAS, PA-C, research team lead and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Utah
  • 2107 Recipient: Holistic Admissions and Diversity in Physician Assistant Programs
    James Stoehr, PhD Midwestern University, Glendale
  • 2016 Recipient: Pain Medicine: A Curriculum Survey of Physician Assistant Education Programs
    Johnna Yealy, MSPAS, PA-C, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • 2015 Recipient: A National Curricular Survey of Quality Improvement Education in Physician Assistant Programs
    Oren Berkowitz, PhD, MSPH, PA, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 2014 Recipient: Motivational Interviewing Curricula in Physician Assistant Programs
    Abiola O. Keller, PA-C, MPH, PhD, Marquette University