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Beyond the Clinic: Physician Assistant Student Perspectives on Careers in Physician Assistant Education

Sasek, Cody MPAS, PA-C; Kluznik, Jenny MPH, PA-C; Garrubba, Carl MPA, PA-C

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: September 2016 - Volume 27 - Issue 3 - p 105–109
doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000080
Research Articles

Purpose Professional training programs for physician assistants (PAs) have been rapidly expanding. The profession therefore needs to develop a sufficiently robust teaching workforce.

Methods This study surveyed current PA students from all Physician Assistant Education Association member programs to ascertain their level of interest in and understanding of careers in PA education, including faculty and precepting roles.

Results The study revealed that interest was greatest in precepting roles. A higher level of education before attending a PA program correlated with a higher interest in PA education roles, although an education-related degree did not show a significant relationship with such roles.

Conclusion These and other study findings are important to consider as the profession continues to develop a pipeline to education careers for students and clinicians.

Cody Sasek, MPAS, PA-C, is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas.

Jenny Kluznik, MPH, PA-C, is an assistant professor at the Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Carl Garrubba, MPA, PA-C, is the program director and an associate professor at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Cody Sasek, MPAS, PA-C, University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine, 2411 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108. Telephone: (816) 235-1628, Email:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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