The perception of U.S. physician assistants (PA) regarding PA to physician bridge programs

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Phipps, Brandon
Vredenburg, Shawn
Muma, Richard D.

Brandon Phipps, Shawn Vredenburg. (2012). The Perception of U.S. Physician Assistants (PA) Regarding PA to Physician Bridge Programs. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.117-118


The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of PAs on the creation of a PA to physician bridge program; whether they would support a bridge program, its feasibility, or generally whether or not bridge programs should be initiated. A cross-sectional, random sampling of PAs in the United States were sent an online survey with a 5-point Likert scale regarding their perceptions of a PA to physician bridge program. A Chi-squared analysis was performed to determine significant relationships. PA respondents were strongly supportive of the bridge program concept. This study may help the medical community to evaluate the applicability, feasibility, and practicality of the proposed program. Results of the study show support for a bridge program amongst PAs, yielding the first recent study information on this topic for the medical community about the perceptions of PAs regarding a PA to physician bridge program.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions