Make a New Year’s Resolution to Stay Informed — with JPAE

Get your new year started off on the right foot with the Journal of Physician Assistant Education — where you’ll find enlightening articles to make your job as a PA educator not only easier, but more rewarding. Here are some highlights and a brief overview of what’s in this latest issue.  

PAEA End of Rotation™ Exams Accurately Identify Students at Risk of Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam Failure
Most programs are using the End of Rotation exams as part of their clinical rotation assessments, yet trying to correlate students’ performance on these exams to PANCE outcomes can be challenging. This article looks at cohorts across three years and five programs and analyzes their performance on these two modalities to predict future cohort success.

Characteristics of Physician Assistant Students Planning to Work in Primary Care
Although the total number of PAs going into primary care has been on the rise, the proportion of PAs in primary care compared to other subspecialties has been decreasing. This national study, using PAEA Matriculating Student Survey data, identifies characteristics of students most likely to go into primary care, which can help with program recruitment.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, Reasonable Accommodations, and Medical Education
More and more students requiring academic accommodations are matriculating into PA programs, and often programs struggle with providing reasonable accommodations. This article discusses how to navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide fair and equitable opportunities for all students while protecting academic integrity and adhering to university and program technical standards. 

Effect of a Clinical Case-Study Course on Physician Assistant and Pharmacy Students’ Interprofessional Care Competencies
Interprofessional education is not only an important objective in medical education, but also an accreditation standard that programs must address. In this article, the authors examine how to implement a year-long clinical case course for PA and pharmacy students. 

Mentoring for Success in Physician Assistant Profession Pipelines
Providing mentoring for pre-PA students is crucial for ensuring a pipeline of supported students into PA programs. This article explains how the University of Southern California PA program developed and implemented a mentorship program to contribute to the future success of underrepresented minority students.

This is just a sampling of what you’ll find in the December issue of JPAE. So don’t be left out of the loop. Pick up the lastest issue or find it online at