Research You Can Relate to — in the Newest Issue of JPAE

The March 2018 issue of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE) is now available online and will soon be showing up in your mailbox. So we wanted to highlight a few articles and provide a quick synopsis of what you will find inside this latest issue.

1) Salary Expectations, Gender, and Physician Assistant Students
There has been a lot of discussion recently around gender pay discrepancies in medicine and the health professions. This article looks at the expectations of matriculating PA students regarding their salaries after graduation, as well as the effect those expectations can have on both their starting and future salaries. The results may surprise you.

2) Noncognitive Attributes in Physician Assistant Education
Cognitive attributes are highly objective and easy to measure, which is why they are so prevalent in the admissions process and evaluation of students throughout PA school. With increasing emphasis being placed on a move toward more holistic admissions processes and evaluating “soft skills” of students, this article explores the noncognitive skills that are important for training empathetic and caring health care providers.

3) Communication Methods with Clinical Preceptors
Phone calls? Surveys? Site visits? How do you interact and communicate with your preceptors? Learn how one PA program communicates with clinical educators to promote preceptor development, satisfaction, and increased retention.

4) Key Factors Leading to Program Selection of Incoming Physician Assistant Students
Interviews are as much about students selecting programs as they are about programs selecting students. What do YOU think applicants to YOUR program are looking for? Discover what applicants rated as the most important factors influencing their choice of a PA program — and see if they match up with your programs’ thoughts!

5) Addressing Mental Health Issues and Their Legal Implications in Health Professions Students
There is an increasing awareness and support of mental health in medical education. Are you aware of the legal issues surrounding addressing your students’ mental health issues? Find out what your responsibilities as an educator are for helping a student who exhibits concerns.

This is just a sampling of what you’ll discover in the March 2018 edition of JPAE.  If you like to stay informed and connected, then be sure to check out these articles and many others in the newest issue of JPAE.