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PAEA Accreditation Task Force Briefing Paper: Moving Toward Profession-Defined, Outcomes-Based Accreditation

Bondy, Mary Jo DHEd, PA-C; Fletcher, Sara PhD; Lane, Steven MA, MPP

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: December 2017 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 201–204
doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000176
Special Article

In anticipation of a revision to the Standards for Accreditation, the Phyisician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) charged a small task force to develop a strategy for engaging its members in the revision process. Rather than focusing on the current Standards, the task force members recommend a backward design approach to determine the desired outcomes of a successful revision to the Standards. Ultimately, the group believes that shifting to a profession-defined, outcomes-based model for accreditation will allow for greater innovation in physician assistant education and reduce the strain on programs facing resource limitations, particularly clinical site shortages. Task force members value accreditation and urge a paradigm shift in the Standards revision process to focus on meaningful educational outcomes that lead to enhanced program quality and patient safety.

Mary Jo Bondy, DHEd, PA-C, is the director of graduate studies, Academic Affairs/Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.

Sara Fletcher, PhD, is the vice president and chief learning officer at the Physician Assistant Education Association, Washington, DC.

Steven Lane, MA, MPP, is senior director, communications, at the Physician Assistant Education Association, Washington, DC.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Sara Fletcher, PhD, PAEA, 655 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001. Telephone: (703) 667-4346; Email:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Copyright © 2017 Physician Assistant Education Association
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