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The changing physician assistant profession: A gender shift

Hooker, Roderick S. PhD, PA; Robie, Stephen P. MPH, MSHS, PA-C; Coombs, Jennifer M. PhD, PA-C; Cawley, James F. MPH, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: September 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 9 - p 36–44
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000433914.54617.a0
Special Article

ABSTRACT The physician assistant (PA) movement originally served as an avenue for male veterans to transition into the civilian workforce. After a half-century of development, the profession in the United States is now predominantly female and nonveteran. Using archival data and other resources, this article documents the influences on gender and age shifts in the PA profession with related policy perspectives. Now entering its sixth decade, the profession continues to evolve as demand for PA services outpaces supply.

Roderick Hooker is an adjunct professor in the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C. He is a health policy analyst and consultant with a focus on organizational efficiency and health workforce productivity. Stephen Robie is an adjunct assistant clinical professor in the department of physician assistant studies at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and works clinically as the lead physician assistant for cardiovascular medicine at George Washington University Hospital. Jennifer Coombs is an assistant professor in the University of Utah PA program. James Cawley is professor of prevention and community health in the School of Public Health and Health Services, director of the physician assistant/master of public health program, and professor of healthcare sciences in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University Medical Center. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

© 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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