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Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
Brief Report

Perceptions of physician assistants regarding a specialty certification examination

SMITH, BARBARA S. PhD, PT; MUMA, RICHARD D. PhD, MPH, PA‐C; MONTOYA, CASSANDRA L. MPA, PA‐C; PETTIJOHN, AMANDA K. MPA, PA‐C

Section Editor(s): Dehn, Richard MPA, PA‐C, DFAAPA

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Abstract

A national sample of physician assistants (Pas) responded to a survey about their perceptions of specialty certification. fewer than one‐third planned to certify. Of three factors, advantage of specialization was most related to awareness, plans to certify, and demographics. respondents were unsure whether certification would increase Pa salaries. Many felt specialty certification will be the undoing of the profession.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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