Factors influencing physician assistant practice location in the United States
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Burks, Lindsay, and Molly Muck (2010). Factors influencing physician assistant practice location in the United States. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 87-88
The purpose of this cross-sectional survey of 2,000 practicing PAs from the United States was to determine the number of PAs from rural areas who returned to a non-urban area after graduation and the factors that influenced their first practice location choice. Nearly one-half of respondents self-identified as graduating from a non-urban community high school, yet only one-third practiced in a similar community upon graduation. Many factors other than an individual’s community size prior to PA training were related to first job selection. Chi-square analyses revealed six factors of significance (p<.05) in relationship with demographic variables in determining their first job, including: benefits and incentive programs offered by employer; hours of work required per week; significant other support of location; medically underserved designation of practice site; quality of surrounding schools; and quality of life for the entire family.
Paper presented to the 6th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 23, 2010.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions