Where Are They Now?
RECOGNITION
Jan 09, 2020

Where Are They Now?

Every year, PAEA grantees contribute to PA scholarly canon. It has been a stellar year for PAEA’s research grant initiatives. Across five research grant programs, PAEA has been able to offer more than $150,000 in funding each year. In this season of giving, we are closing out the year with a round-up of what our grantees have given back to PA research since our last look back in 2017.... Read More

Project Access Builds PA Pipeline in DC
EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Oct 24, 2019

Project Access Builds PA Pipeline in DC

This year, sixteen volunteers took time out of their busy Forum schedules to visit McKinley Technology High School, a STEM-based school in northeast Washington, DC. Project Access is an outreach and recruitment program that aims to encourage high school students from underrepresented minority groups to consider the PA profession as a career. Its primary goal is to increase the number of minority PAs, provide more accessible primary care, and eliminate health disparities. Ultimately, the goal is to help students become competitive candidates for PA programs by preparing them early in their education.... Read More

Giving New Meaning to Rural Health Care
EDUCATION
Jun 18, 2019

Giving New Meaning to Rural Health Care

Those were the words of the University of Utah PA program’s (UPAP’s) medical director and Pokhara site coordinator Richard Backman, MD, as he prepared our group, comprised primarily of University of Utah PA students, for our Nepal International Elective. We had been meeting for pre-trip planning at his home in the mountains of Emigration Canyon outside Salt Lake City, hiking with snowshoes on the steep slopes during the middle of winter in an effort to get in shape for our upcoming adventure. Pre-trip advice included this inauspicious email: “Fitness: Start hiking now -... Read More

Lessons Learned — JPAE Style
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
May 30, 2019

Lessons Learned — JPAE Style

Feature articles in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education allow an author to focus on a special area such as Cultural Perspectives or Exploring Medicine Through the Arts. Lessons Learned is a feature that was added to the journal two years ago to stimulate PA educators to offer their first-person reflective narratives relating to a specific success — or failure — that the author has experienced. It is limited to 2,500 words similar to the other features in the journal.... Read More

Future Educator Fellowship
RECOGNITION
May 08, 2019

Future Educator Fellowship

Each year, fifteen PA students are selected to participate in this exciting year-long fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities.... Read More

Webinar: Don Pedersen Research Grant
RESEARCH
Apr 24, 2019

Webinar: Don Pedersen Research Grant

PAEA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Don Pederson Research Grant. This is an ideal opportunity for early-career PA faculty to receive up to $7,000 to fund a research project on PA education and/or PA workforce issues.... Read More

Meet Our Newest Cohort of STARs
RECOGNITION
Mar 14, 2018

Meet Our Newest Cohort of STARs

PAEA is pleased to announce that Joanne Rolls, MPAS, PA-C, research team lead and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Utah, has been chosen as the 2018 Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program award recipient.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Nov 02, 2017

Highlight of National Awards for Department Colleagues

I wanted to highlight a few of our faculty and staff members who recently won national awards from their perspective professional organizations. It is always an honor to be present at these award receptions to see how dedicated our department is in all of the missions we support – education, research, clinical, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Sep 29, 2017

The Future Role of Physician Assistants

The position of physician assistant turns 50 this week. PAs have become a common member of healthcare teams across the nation, and you’ve likely been treated by one. But where did the position come from? And what role will PAs play as healthcare evolves? Physician assistant Jennifer Coombs talks about the history and future role of physician assistants.... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 29, 2017

Mental Health Curriculum Benefits Community and Students

Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. – 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent – experience mental illness in a given year.1 When considering a project that might benefit her community and her students, Jennifer Forbes, MHS, PA-C, former assistant professor at Idaho State University (ISU), felt that improving mental health was an important area to pursue.... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 29, 2017

First Cohort of AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows Selected

Three PA faculty members have been selected for the inaugural AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship, a new program designed to build the profession’s research capacity by funding one release day per week for interested researchers. The three fellows for 2017-2018 are:... Read More

RESEARCH
Oct 06, 2016

Publishing Your Dissertation in a Scholarly Journal

So you’ve decided you want to earn a PhD. You have read about the road blocks, you’ve selected your committee, and you’ve started writing your dissertation. But why start thinking about a publication? What does that have to do with earning the ultimate degree?... Read More

RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Jan 08, 2016

Physician Recognition

Congratulations to our clinically practicing PA faculty and alumni of the University of Utah PA program for being in the top 10% of the nation for patient satisfaction. The University of Utah PA alumni and faculty have consistently ranked in top quality, care, and value.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 10, 2015

What Is PA School Really Like?

Getting into physician assistant school is an impressive feat itself, but what’s it like once you’re in? Listen to two students at the University of Utah Physician Assistant program about how to hack your PA studies. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Oct 26, 2014

Jennifer Coombs, PhD, Awarded PA Accolade

Jennifer Coombs received the Research Achievement Award. This honor is awarded once per year in Philadelphia from the Physician Assistant Education Program. The recipient is an individual whose research has made a significant impact to physician assistant education. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Oct 22, 2014

Nadia Miniclier Cob, MS, PA-C Healthcare Hero

On October 21st, Utah Business Magazine recognized many University of Utah Health Care employees during their annual Healthcare Heroes award luncheon including our own Nadia Miniclier Cobb, MS, PA-C.... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 21, 2014

Nadia Cobb Reflects on Global Health

Nadia Cobb, from the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of Utah, reflect upon her involvement and interest in global health and the Global Health Initiative Summit. @UUtah #globalhealth... Read More

Strong Demand for Physician Assistants - U of U School of Medicine
EDUCATION
Apr 10, 2014

Strong Demand for Physician Assistants

Physician assistant degrees continue to be in strong demand, particularly at the University of Utah where more than 1,000 applicants are expected to contend for 44 slots next year.... Read More

Street Medicine: The PA Role - U of U School of Medicine
EDUCATION
Apr 10, 2014

Street Medicine: The PA Role

Joel Hunt, MPAS, PA-C, and Nadia Cob, MS, PA-C explore the physician assistant's role in Street Medicine: Caring for Patients Where They Are, Transformative Education for Health Professionals post.... Read More