Jennifer M. Coombs, PhD, PA-C, MPAS

Research Interests

  • Physician Assistants
  • Public Health

Languages

  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Lecturer)
  • Divisions: Physician Assistant Program

Board Certification

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-7626
  • University of Utah Physician Assistant Program
    375 Chipeta Way, Room: Suite A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Jennifer Coombs, PA-C, PhD focuses her practice on refugee and migrant health. Her particular interest has been working as a Physician Assistant (PA) at the Community Health Centers for 14 years with Vietnamese Refugees. She works with Migrant Farm Worker Health program each summer doing Head Start Physicals in conjunction with PA students throughout the state of Utah. She volunteers at the Maliheh Free Clinic and the Student Run Clinic. She is the OB rounder for the Family Medicine Division. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA). She received her PA degree from the University of Utah and her PhD in Public Health from the University of Utah Public Health Division.

Research Statement

Jennifer Coombs, PA-C, PhD researches rural and underserved healthcare. Dr. Coombs dissertation assessed the workforce capacity of physician assistants in Utah. This was collaborative work with the Utah Medical Education Council (UMEC) and the Physician Assistant Workforce Advisory Committee who was involved in the collection and analysis of the PA workforce data. Dr. Coombs received the only research scholarship award from the Physician Assistant Foundation, Breitman-Dorn Endowed Research Fellowship. The Breitman-Dorn Endowed Research Fellowship was established to provide financial assistance to doctoral candidates who are making a contribution to research on the influence of PAs in medical care. She received the Article of the Year award and Researcher of the Year award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Public Health
Ph.D.
Graduate Training University of Utah
Physician Assistant Studies
M.S.
Professional Other University of Utah
Physician Assistant
P.A.
Undergraduate Colorado College
Psychology
B.A.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Coombs JM, Pedersen DM (2017). Crafting a Profession: Moving From Innovative Model Programs to a Successful National Profession. J Physician Assist Educ, 28 Suppl 1, S7-S13.
  2. Mirly AK, Domenech Rodriguez MM, Coombs JM (2017). Board Review Course as Intervention: Impact on PANCE Performance. J Physician Assist Educ, 28(2), 80-85.
  3. Dehn RW, Cawley JF, Coombs JM (2016). Commentaries on health services research. JAAPA, 29(9), 1-2.
  4. Coombs JM, Cawley JF, Mandel ED (December 2, 2015). Commentaries on Health Services Research. JAAPA, 28(12).
  5. Coombs JM (October 2, 2014). Commentaries on Health Services Research. JAAPA, 27(10), 1-2.
  6. Coombs JM, Valentin V (10/01/2014). Salary Differences of Male and Female PA Educators. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 25(3), 9-14.
  7. Thomas E, Coombs JM, Kim J, Hyde M (08/01/14). Professional Development. Physician Assistants in Dermatology: A survey of fellows of teh SDPA. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 8(3), 47-50.
  8. Coombs JM, Valentin V (4/22/2014). Is There a Glass Ceiling Over Female Physician Assistant Educators? Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 25(1).
  9. Coombs JM (April 2, 2014). Commentaries on Health Services Research. JAAPA, 27(4), 1-2.
  10. Hooker RS, Cawley JF, Coombs J (2014). Commentaries on health services research. JAAPA, 27(4), 1-2.
  11. Hooker RS, Robie SP, Coombs JM, Cawley JF (2013). The changing physician assistant profession: a gender shift. JAAPA, 26(9), 36-44.
  12. Coombs J, Hooker RS, Brunisholz K (2013). Physician assistants and their intent to retire. Am J Manag Care, 19(7), e256-62.
  13. Hooker RS, Cawley JF, Coombs JM (2013). Commentaries on Health Services Research. JAAPA, 26(10), 1-2.
  14. Coombs JM, Hooker RS, Brunisholz KD (2013). What do we know about retired physician assistants? A preliminary study. JAAPA, 26(3), 44-8.
  15. Coombs JM, Thomas E, Kim J, Hyde M (February 14, 2013). A survey of fellow members of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. JAAPA, 26(2), 56-57.
  16. Furlow B (01/02/1013). Explaining gender pay disparities in NP and PA professions. Clinical Advisor.
  17. Coombs JM (September 2011). NP and PA Trends and Google Correlate Selected for a compendium of published columns called “Murmurs and Gallops”. Advance for Physician Assistants.
  18. Coombs JM, Morgan P, Pedersen DM, Koduri S, Alder SC (2011). Factors associated with physician assistant practice in rural and primary care in utah. International Journal of Family Medicine, 2011, 879036.
  19. Ruback T, Coombs J, Keck M, McDaniel J, Barwick TA (2007). Central Application Service for Physician Assistants: Five-Year Report. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 18(3), 52-59.
  20. Coombs JM (2000). The Conversion to a Master’s Degree and Its Impact on the Application Pool at the University of Utah. Perspective on Physician Assistant Education, 11, 40-42.
  21. Coombs JM, Moreland JC (2000). Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding. Am Fam Physician, 2093-2103.

Editorial

  1. Coombs J (June 12, 2017). Past Perfection. Journal of the American Academy of PAs, JAAPA Musings Blog.
  2. Coombs JM (August 12, 2016). Looking at the Evidence. JAAPA Musings Blog http://journals.lww.com/jaapa/blog/musings/pages/post.aspx?PostID=114.
  3. Coombs JM (11/11/2015). Are PAs ready to fill the gaps in rural healthcare in America? Journal of the American Academy of PAs.
  4. Coombs JM (08/18/2014). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Electronic medical records and students in the clinical setting. JAAPA.
  5. Coombs JM (05/26/2014). Population-based health principles in medical and public health practice. Journal of the American Academy of PAs.
  6. Coombs JM (March 3, 2014). Showdown at the OK Corral: Medicaid expansion. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA).
  7. Coombs JM (09/30/2013). More questions than answers: the rural family physician assistant. JAAPA.
  8. Coombs JM (July 1, 2013). Medical Missions: Short-term paths to long-term solutions. JAAPA Musings Blog http://journals.lww.com/jaapa/blog/musings/pages/post.aspx?PostID=9.
  9. Coombs JM (January 28, 2013). A health care reading list for 2013. JAAPA.
  10. Coombs JM (June 12, 2012). Health care reform and American politics: The JAAPA Editorial Board Blog. JAAPA : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  11. Coombs JM (January 10, 2012). A health care reading list for the new year. Musings: The JAAPA Editorial Board Blog. JAAPA : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  12. Coombs JM (October 6, 2011). Do you like your job? Musings: The JAAPA Editorial Board Blog. JAAPA : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  13. Coombs JM (August 22, 2011). Blogging on the pay raise issue. Musings: The JAAPA Editorial Board Blog. JAAPA : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  14. Coombs JM (June 30, 2011). Female PAs make less than their male counterparts. Now what are we going to do about it? Musings: The JAAPA Editorial Board Blog. JAAPA : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Abstract

  1. Coombs JM, Hooker RS (11/07/2012). Did you retire too late, too early or just right? [Abstract]. Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

Other

  1. Coombs JM (2011). New patterns of practice of utah physician assistants. (The University of Utah). Published Theses and Dissertations. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Video/Film/CD/Web/Podcast

  1. Coombs J (October 11, 2017). Scope Radio Interview: Health Minute: What Can a PA do for You? [Web]. Salt Lake City: Scope Radio. Available: https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_46qxn0mm.
  2. Coombs J (October 6, 2017). Scope Radio Interview The Future Role of Physician Assistants [Web]. Salt Lake City: Scope Radio. Available: https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_8eylzd3s.
  3. Coombs JM (April 12, 2016). Is She Brilliant? Is He Pretty? How Student Evaluations of Male and Female Professors Differ [Web]. Alexandria, VA: PAEAonline.org. Available: http://paeaonline.org/is-she-brilliant-is-he-pretty-how-student-evaluations-of-male-and-female-professors-differ/.
  4. Coombs JM (2016). Publishing Your Dissertation In A Scholarly Journal [Web]. Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Available: http://paeaonline.org/publishing-your-dissertation-in-a-scholarly-journal/.
  5. Coombs JM (December 15, 2015). Getting Unstuck from Writing Your Dissertation [Web]. Alexandria, VA: PAEAonline.org. Available: http://paeaonline.org/getting-unstuck-from-writing-your-dissertation/.
  6. Coombs JM (September 8, 2015). Primary Care Progress and PAs [Web]. JAAPA. Available: http://journals.lww.com/jaapa/blog/musings/pages/post.aspx?PostID=94.
  7. Coombs JM (June 17, 2015). Earning a PhD: 10 Problems That Could Blindside You [Web]. Alexandria, VA: PAEAonline.org. Available: http://paeaonline.org/earning-a-phd-10-problems-that-could-blindside-you/.
  8. Coombs JM (March 9, 2015). DIY Community-Based Initiatives [Web]. JAAPA. Available: http://journals.lww.com/jaapa/blog/musings/pages/post.aspx?PostID=84.
  9. Coombs JM (02/12/2015). InfoFair2014 Poster 3 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Annual Report [Web]. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFudOt5Z35o.
  10. Coombs JM (10/28/2015). Filling the Primary Care Gap: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Rural Physician Assistants-Webinar [Web]. Vanderbilt University. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4-H38M3HBQ.
  11. KSL (06/18/2013). Interview on KSL.com TV on the Gender Pay Gap [Video]. Available: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1194&sid=25648310.

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