Recent Submissions

  • Increasing student and faculty publication through a successful research and evidence-based practice curricular model in PA education 

    Watt, Elena; Koester, Allison (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    For the physician assistant (PA) profession to continue to grow in autonomy and respect, PAs must be seen not just as medical literature consumers, but as contributors. Currently, PAs lag behind other health professions ...
  • Considering point-of-care electronic medical resources in lieu of traditional textbooks for medical education 

    Adams, Courtney R.; Kaufman, Michelle L.; Snyder, Courtney L. (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Within just 26 months, physician assistant students are transformed from relatively medically naive learners into licensed healthcare providers with a high level of autonomy. Didactic education traditionally relies on ...
  • Medical barriers and interventions and the poverty cycle – a case study 

    Rossiter, Erin; Thomas, Alexandra; Wainwright, Sarah (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Patients in poverty face a variety of barriers in health care. The current research aims at cost reduction for the health system, while this case study focuses on cost reduction for individuals, via primary care interventions. ...
  • Traumatic aortic dissection with confounding factors - a case study 

    Riley, Darby; Shinn, Blake (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    This project describes a single case report of a 58-year-old male with Stanford type B traumatic aortic dissection with aneurysmal expansion of the descending aorta. A study of the risk vs. benefits of surgical treatment ...
  • Understanding genetic testing in primary care 

    Seiler, Brittany (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    As genetic tests are expanding, primary care providers have an increasing need to integrate tests into their practice. The purpose of this project is to offer an evidence-based clinical review, regarding types of genetic ...
  • A combination of classical and multi-modal approaches to teaching human anatomy 

    Hosch, Tina; Olson, Michele (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    The model for teaching human anatomy through traditional lecture and lab must be re-examined. Cadaver lab maintenance is costly and although medical knowledge grows exponentially, allotted lecture time is declining. A ...
  • Validation of a single question health literacy screening tool for older adults 

    Kruger-Partridge, Amanda; Wright, Charity; Barrow, Lamin (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Introduction: Health Literacy is the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information. Older adults have the lowest health literacy rates. The purpose of this study was to assess health literacy rates ...
  • Survey of breastfeeding curriculum in physician assistant education 

    Jenkins, Hayley; Leckliter, Ashley; Phelan, Kieran; Wilson, Jennifer (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented. In 2011, the Surgeon General's Call to Action specifically identified physician assistants (PAs) and their role in supporting breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding is not ...
  • The effect of vitamins, minerals and herbs on cognitive function and dementia 

    Holland, Sydney (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Introduction: Dementia affects over 5 million Americans and 35 million people worldwide. This clinical review looked at whether there is an association between the intake of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, and cognitive ...
  • A year of pediatric prevention 

    Hildebrand, Bethany; Day, Jordan; West, Ronnie (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Unintentional injury remains the leading cause of death in children under 18 years of age in the United States. From 2003 to 2013, 93,941 unintentional deaths occurred in the pediatric population, not including the additional ...
  • A novel approach to program assessment 

    Bocchi, Erica; Lee, Nathan; Sander, Teal (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Effective academic program review and quality improvement initiatives begin with a robust, systematic evaluation process. Integrating qualitative and quantitative data in program evaluation can yield insights that neither ...
  • Gastroduodenal artery aneurysm: A case report 

    Baughman, Jessica; White, Patricia (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    Gastroduodenal artery (GDA) aneurysms are rare but highly fatal. There are only 74 cases reported in English and Japanese literature in 55 years. GDA aneurysms have a mortality rate of 40% if the artery ruptures, and 30-50% ...
  • Clinical management of food allergies in pediatrics 

    Bonde, Danielle; Stephens, Jamie; Farley, Lacey (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29)
    There are over 171 identified food allergens and it is estimated that 8% of children have a food allergy. The purpose of our clinical review is to provide a concise and accessible guide to the diagnosis and management of ...
  • Palliative care: A comparison of knowledge between physician assistant and family nurse practitioner students 

    Perkins, Marcus T.; Lear, Levi B.; Davis, Jill M.; Jian, Sarah E. (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients who face life-limiting illness, but adequate training provided to physician assistant (PA) students remains uncertain. The purpose of this study was to assess ...
  • Correlations between the NEO-PI-R and physician assistant student professionalism and performance 

    King, Virginia; Schwanke, Tenille; White, Aimee (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    Growing competition for a limited number of seats requires physician assistant (PA) programs to efficiently identify qualified applicants most likely to succeed. Personality inventories may be useful to evaluate applicants, ...
  • A survey of maternal perceptions of early postpartum care with a focus on a breastfeeding friendly environment 

    Hekele, Lynn; Holtzinger, Amanda; Keesling, Shelly; Lacy, Claudia (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    A primary activity for the mother-infant dyad in the first hours and days after birth is learning to breastfeed. Unfortunately, many unidentified barriers interfere with the learning process. The purpose of this study was ...
  • The effects of strength training on quality of life in patients with Parkinson's Disease 

    Brettmann, Amy; Kerschen, Jamie; Parsons, Jill; Price, Lisa (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    Research suggests that aerobic exercise reduces symptoms and improves quality of life in individuals with Parkinson's disease; however, there is a lack of research on the effects of strength training. A pilot study was ...
  • A survey of current knowledge and practices of Kansas physician assistants regarding infant mortality 

    Borthwick, Melissa B.; Burkey, Kelci J.; Cebula, Ashley Y.; Pahls, Lindsay A. (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    Kansas' infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. Research supports specific infant mortality prevention techniques but it is unknown if physician assistants (PAs) in Kansas are teaching them. Our objective ...
  • Leadership training in physician assistant programs: A survey of program directors 

    Bellassai, Ryan J.; Glass, Charles C.; Halderson, Paul E.; Schoeberl, Jarod B. (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25)
    Physician assistants (PAs), doctors, and nurse practitioners (ARNP) provide primary health care and fulfill leadership roles. Doctors and ARNPs are trained in leadership, but it is unclear how PA students learn leadership. ...
  • A survey of physicians' perceptions of physician assistant education and qualifications 

    Britz, Molly; Schrader, Mindy; Sholtz, Sedera; Unruh, Madalyn (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2013-05-08)
    Little research has been conducted on physicians' attitudes and understanding of the physician assistant (PA) profession. As healthcare demands continue to grow, it isimperative physicians understand the education ...

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