Survey and Research Initiatives

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About PAEA Research Initiatives

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) leads several research initiatives annually, engaging its members in surveys and faculty generated research. This research is conducted with the goal of learning more about PA programs, students, faculty, and issues facing PA education and the profession, and to encourage research among its members.

This calendar provides a comprehensive account of PAEA’s surveys and research initiatives, allowing PA program directors and faculty to keep track of due dates, report releases, and opportunities to engage in PAEA research endeavors.

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PAEA Surveys

Matriculating Student Survey

What: The PAEA Matriculating Student Survey (MSS) collects information from entering physician assistant students on demographics, academic and employment background, factors related to choice of the PA profession and program, educational debt, intended specialty and practice environment, and student health and well-being.
When: The survey is sent to program directors the first weekday of the month the program matriculates a new class. A “coming soon” email announcement is sent to program directors two weeks before the survey is sent. Every year, the survey closes in December and its subsequent report is typically released the following spring.
Who: The MSS is administered to all first-year PA students. The survey information is sent from PAEA Research Department staff to program directors, who then administer the survey to students.
Extra Information: Programs with a response rate of 80% or greater are entered into a drawing for an incentive for PA students and the program. Specific incentives will be announced annually in an email to program directors.

End of Program Survey

What: The PAEA End of Program Survey (EOPS) collects information from graduating physician assistant students on demographics, program and curriculum experiences, career plans, and educational debt.
When: The survey is sent to program directors the first weekday of the month the program graduates a class. A “coming soon” email announcement is sent to program directors two weeks before the actual survey is sent. Every year, the survey closes in December and its subsequent report is typically released the following spring.
Who: The EOPS is administered to all graduating PA students. The survey information is sent from PAEA Research Department staff to program directors, who then administer the survey to their students.
Extra Information: Programs with a response rate of 80% or greater are entered into a drawing for an incentive for PA students and the program. Specific incentives will be announced annually in an email to program directors.

PA Program Faculty and Directors Survey

What: The PA Program Faculty and Directors Survey collects information from PA faculty and directors on demographics, job satisfaction, roles and responsibilities, and salary information. These data will inform the Association and its member programs about employee salary and employment trends that may affect recruitment and retention; as well as, characterize the future faculty workforce pipeline.
When: The survey will be administered in March every other year beginning in 2015 and remains open for 6-8 weeks. Reports are released in spring of the following year.
Who: The survey collects information from all PA program faculty members who are employed at .5 FTE or higher, all program directors, and all medical directors.
Extra Information: Programs with a response rate of 90% or greater and all respondents are entered into a drawing for incentives. Specific incentives will be announced annually in an email to program directors.

Program Survey and Curriculum Survey

What: The Program Survey collects information about program structure, program and student financial information, enrollment and graduate characteristics and trends, and program personnel. In 2015, the Program Survey will also include a partial Curriculum Survey (collecting information about program prerequisites). In subsequent years, data will be collected regarding didactic and clinical curricula. Each section of the curriculum survey will be administered on a three-year rolling basis, divided into prerequisite, didactic, and clinical curriculum sections.
When: The survey will be administered annually in May. Programs will have six weeks to complete the survey. Reports are released in fall of the following year.
Who: Program directors receive, and are responsible for the completion of, the survey.
Extra Information: Completion of the Program Survey is mandatory for all PAEA member programs. Program directors are required to follow up if data are missing or need clarification. Programs that complete the survey in full by the stated deadline will be entered into a drawing for an incentive. Specific incentives will be announced annually in an email to program directors.

Data Requests

What: PAEA data may be requested in the form of research reports or de-identified raw data files.
When: Data may be requested year-round.
Who: Data may be requested via request forms from members and non-members.
Extra Information: PAEA Research Department staff reviews requests. Requests must comply with PAEA Data Policies & Procedures and may be subjected to a fee. Individuals requesting raw data must complete a Confidentiality, Academic Integrity, and Non-Disclosure Agreement.


PAEA Grants and Research Programs

Don Pedersen Grants Program

What: The Don Pedersen Grants Program (formerly named the PAEA Research Grants Program) is a competitive grants program sponsored by the PAEA Research Council. The program seeks to encourage research among PA faculty members. This grants program is currently fully endowed.
When: The program is open for submissions May 1 – August 1. Applicants are notified of their award status in September.
Who: Any PA program faculty member of a PAEA member program employed at .5 FTE or higher. The PA program must be in good standing with PAEA. This program is targeted at less experienced faculty researchers.
Extra Information: Grant recipients will be recognized at the PAEA Education Forum. Award recipients are expected to complete their research within 18 months of receiving the award and to submit for a presentation at the PAEA Education Forum.

Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program

What: The STAR Program gives faculty members the opportunity to include survey questions in the Program Survey in order to conduct original research. The STAR program’s goals are to increase the quality and frequency of research and scholarly activity among faculty of PAEA member programs, improve the process for surveying constituents with better questions and fewer surveys, and provide a clearinghouse of data that faculty of PAEA member programs can use to produce scholarly work.
When: The program is open for submissions between December and January.
Who: Any PA program faculty member of a PAEA member program employed at .5 FTE or higher. The PA program must be in good standing with PAEA.
Extra Information: Priority will be given to proposals that are aligned with PAEA research priorities and that are likely to yield high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly work. Funds are disbursed to the primary investigator’s institution.

Scientific Meeting Travel Support Scholarship

What: The PAEA Scientific Meeting Travel Support Scholarship is a program that provides travel grants to assist PA faculty with presenting posters or presentations at scientific meetings. This funding is intended to benefit PA faculty researchers; as well as, to increase the visibility of PAs and PA faculty at meetings where high-level healthcare decision makers are present.
When: Scholarships are awarded year-round.
Who: PA program faculty members of a PAEA member program who are employed at .5 FTE or higher and have been accepted to present their original research at a national or regional conference or meeting. The PA program must be in good standing with PAEA.
Extra Information: Faculty members are reimbursed for travel, accommodations, meals, and conference registration up to $2,000. Only one faculty member per program is eligible for funding per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Faculty Generated Research Grants Program

What: The Faculty Generated Research Grants Program is a competitive grants program sponsored by the PAEA Board of Directors. The program seeks to encourage research among PA faculty members. The PAEA Research Council, under the guidance of the Board of Directors, may elect open calls for proposals or may restrict to research priorities of the Association.
When: The program is open for the submission of letters of interest in July. Letters of interest are reviewed and a select number of applicants are invited to submit full proposals. Applicants are notified of their award status in February of the following year.
Who: Any PA program faculty member of a PAEA member program employed at .5 FTE or higher. The PA program must be in good standing with PAEA. This program is targeted for experienced faculty researchers and encourages collaboration across programs and a mentorship component.
Extra Information: Recipients of the awards are expected to complete their research within three years of receiving the award and have a quality dissemination plan. Funds are disbursed to the primary investigator’s institution.

Board Designated Research Grants Program

What: The Board Designated Research Grants Program is a competitive grants program sponsored by the PAEA Board of Directors. The program seeks to encourage research of strategic interest to the Association and the PA profession. The PAEA Research Council, under the guidance of the Board of Directors, prepares and issues requests for proposals
(RFPs), which are generally open to faculty researchers and external members of the research community.
When: The program is opened periodically and is not on an annual cycle.
Who: Specified in the RFP.