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

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: February 2012 - Volume 25 - Issue 2 - p 54–60
Brief Report

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.

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The authors are affiliated with Wichita State university, Wichita, Kansas. Barbara Smith is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Richard Muma is associate provost and a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences; and Cassandra Montoya and Amanda Pettijohn were graduate students in the Pa program when the study was conducted. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

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