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Poster session highlights PA research

Smith, Noël MA

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doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000526780.96529.c2
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The AAPA 2017 conference in Las Vegas showcased new and exciting research from PAs and PA students. The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) hosted 98 teams of researchers displaying their ePosters during 10 sessions over 5 days. The posters included a wide variety of topics ranging from diversity initiatives, oral health, the opioid crisis, novel approaches to PA education, as well as an expansive list of ePosters on clinical topics.

For 2017, JAAPA has published 32 abstracts that can be found under the Collections tab at The abstracts also are indexed in Ovid.

Highlights of the 2017 ePoster abstract collection include research on topics related to underrepresented minority populations, PA education, and the changing PA workforce. Readers will learn about the effectiveness of outreach to underrepresented student populations and factors that affect interest in working in medically underserved areas. Readers also will learn about novel approaches to education, including simulation use in PA education and community-based service learning. The changing PA workforce is highlighted in work that addressed PAs in administration as well as research on administrators' perception of PAs, and a look at the debate on doctoral education for PAs. Overall, AAPA accepted a wide variety of educational, professional, and clinical research for AAPA 2017, of which a select number are presented in this special collection.

The future of PA research can be seen in the work of the PA students who presented in 2017. The JAAPA Student Poster Award, supported by Wolters Kluwer, was awarded to the top three student ePosters at AAPA 2017. Each winner earned $500. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Matthew E. Noll (coauthor, John B. Oliphant, PhD, PA-C) of Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, for “Hospital administrators' attitudes and opinions about PAs as candidates for organizational leadership positions”
  • Alejandro Rendon (coauthor, Donna Murray, MS, PA-C) of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., for “North Carolina United Scholars Program: An early intervention program to increase diversity in the PA workforce”
  • Claudia Lam (coauthor, Christopher P. Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C) of the University of Southern California, for “A case of necrotizing soft tissue infection presenting as a sore throat.”

In addition, the Association of Postgraduate PA Programs awarded $500 for the top ePoster to a PA enrolled in a postgraduate training program or PA student research focused on PA postgraduate education. Congratulations to Michael Sharp, PA-C, of the Mayo Clinic PA Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine in Arizona, and coauthors Adrijana Krstic, PA-C; Jennifer Palermo, PA-C; and Amber Brooks-Gumbert, PA-C, for “Fighting fire with fire: tPA for thrombosed mitral valve presenting with alveolar hemorrhage.”

AAPA will continue to support research and research activities on PA-related topics at future AAPA conferences. At AAPA 2018, AAPA is focusing on making connections. We are looking for submissions that connect research to education, clinical practice, and the changing PA workforce. How does your research make the connection? Let us know! We hope that the abstracts in this special collection inspire PAs and PA students to engage in and present their research on PA-related topics. The call for abstracts for AAPA 2018 in New Orleans closes December 31, 2017. Find the requirements for the ePosters and the submission portal on the AAPA Conference website,

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