What Makes Physician Assistant Programs Successful at Training Rural PAs?

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September 2014
Project completed:
June 2018

A WWAMI Rural Health Research Center study identified the physician assistant (PA) training programs that have reduced high numbers and high proportions of graduates working in rural areas. The study extended that work through a physician assistant program survey, identifying key characteristics, admission, and training strategies, and missions of successful rural programs.


  • What Makes Physician Assistant (PA) Training Programs Successful at Training Rural PAs?
    Policy Brief
    WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2018
    While a majority of physician assistant (PA) programs identify production of rural PAs as an important program goal, many only have limited rural recruitment and training activities. This study identified PA program characteristics and training activities that are strongly associated with the production of a high proportion of rural graduates.