Richard D. Muma, PhD, MPH, PA-C, Provost and Professor. Richard (Rick) Muma was born in Wichita, Kan., but raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, an MPH in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Rick has more than 30 years of experience as a professor/administrator and physician assistant (PA) in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
Before assuming the Provost position in 2018, he served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management. While at WSU he has also served as Chair and Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant. Prior to joining the WSU faculty, Dr. Muma served as Chair for Saint Louis University's Department of PA Education and an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, Department of PA Studies..
As the Provost, Muma serves as the university’s chief academic officer and provides academic leadership for the university’s priorities including enrollment, applied learning, funded research, and regional economic development. Prior to assuming administrative roles at WSU, Muma was very active in reshaping health profession education at Wichita State. Most notably he was responsible for developing undergraduate degrees for paramedics and health science majors, a master degree in physician assistant studies, and reorganizing the Department of Public Health Sciences to include undergraduate degrees in health management and health science and a graduate degree in Aging Studies. He's still involved in his research on healthcare issues, with a current project focusing on human health outcomes of rapid energy exploration. He has published his research in notable journals and has edited four books, two on HIV infection and two others on patient education..
(Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2014) Muma, Richard D.; Kell, Tyler; Lyman, Blake
Purpose: There is limited knowledge about the perceptions of physician assistant (PA) students on poverty issues and the importance of treating the poor. We assessed whether a curriculum focused on these issues improved the perceptions of PA students on issues of poverty. Methods: The study was designed to measure perception change after PA students were exposed to a patient poverty curriculum. A pre- and postpatient poverty survey of 14 questions was completed by three classes of PA students at one program. Results: The mean posttest scores were significantly lower on all items except two, indicating that student perceptions of their abilities to serve indigent populations improved after experiencing the curriculum in the PA program. Conclusion: A targeted curriculum that emphasizes issues related to poverty appears to improve PA students' perceptions of their ability to serve indigent populations. This program's design could serve as a model for other programs striving to attain similar goals.
(Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012) Muma, Richard D.; Phipps, Brandon; Vredenburg, Shawn
Purpose: Since Dr. Stead first envisioned the physician assistant (PA) profession, there has been discussion of an accelerated PA-to-physician "bridge" program. Despite some conversations in the 1960s and the creation of other professional programs, such as the paramedic-registered nurse bridge, no formal long-term PA-to-physician programs were created in the United States, and the discourse faded over the years. With recent consideration of creating a clinical doctorate PA program of study, discussion has been revived about the need, efficacy, and propriety of a bridge program. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of PAs on the creation of a PAto- physician bridge program; whether they would support a bridge program, its feasibility, and generally whether or not bridge programs should be initiated. Methods: An online survey was sent to a cross-sectional, random sampling of PAs in the United States. The survey used a 5-point Likert scale to assess the perceptions of a PA-to-physician bridge program. A chi-squared analysis was performed to determine significant relationships. Results: PA respondents were strongly supportive of the bridge program concept; however, knowledge level about such a program was low. The chi-square analysis revealed that gender was the only variable with a significant relationship, with females being most in agreement about the concept. Conclusions: The results of the study may help the PA and medical communities evaluate the applicability, feasibility, and practicality of a PA-to-physician bridge program. There is an overall tendency for PAs to support such a program.
(Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012-03) Smith, Barbara S.; Muma, Richard D.; Burks, Lindsay; Muck, Molly
Objective: Certain US rural areas have inadequate access to health care providers. Health care educational institutions have made nationwide efforts to recruit students from rural areas, in the hope that they will return upon graduation. This 2009 study focused on the physician assistant (PA) profession's endeavors in this effort. Methodology: A cross-sectional survey used a random sample of 2,000 practicing PAs from the United States. Factor analysis was used to categorize the responses to 20 Likert-type questions about possible reasons behind the PA's choice of first practice location. Results: Respondents who graduated from a rural high school were significantly more likely to practice in a rural setting. Six identifiable factors emerged from the factor analysis. Chi-square analyses determined that significant relationships existed between these factors and demographic variables. Gender influenced the greatest number of items; specialty and PA degree level influenced the fewest items. Factor 2 (support of/for significant other) held the most sway in the decision about first employment location. Conclusion: R espondents felt that support of and for the significant other was the most important factor in their first practice-location choice. Recruiters searching for health care professionals in areas needing medical services may wish to pay closer attention to spousal opportunities and should not underestimate the impact of family in the decision about work location.
(Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2012-02) Smith, Barbara S.; Muma, Richard D.; Montoya, Cassandra L.; Pettijohn, Amanda K.
A national sample of physician assistants (PAs) responded to a survey about their perceptions of specialty certification. Fewer than one-third planned to certify. Of three factors, advantage of specialization was most related to awareness, plans to certify, and demographics. Respondents were unsure whether certification would increase PA salaries. Many felt specialty certification will be the undoing of the profession.