Survey of breastfeeding curriculum in physician assistant education

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Jenkins, Hayley
Leckliter, Ashley
Phelan, Kieran
Wilson, Jennifer
Wallace, Michelle

Jenkins, Hayley, Leckliter, Ashley, Phelan, Kieran, & Wilson, Jennifer. 2016. Survey of breastfeeding curriculum in physician assistant education. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 69


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 included on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) exam blueprint that serves as a guide for PA program curriculums. There is a discrepancy between the Surgeon General's expectation and what is required in PA curriculum. We conducted a cross sectional survey asking PA educators about their breastfeeding curriculum. Results identified a variety of teaching methods and topics included in PA breastfeeding curriculum as well as barriers, including the omission on the NCCPA blueprint. Additionally, 79 percent of programs were unaware of the Call to Action. The results support the need for a change in the NCCPA blueprint and a consistent teaching method so that PAs are able to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers and infants.

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Honorable mention of poster presentations. Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions