Physician Assistants and the Beehive State
AAPA ePoster library. Coombs J. 05/17/17; 180510; 136
Jennifer Coombs
Jennifer Coombs
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Purpose Utah has a critical provider shortage with the second to lowest primary care physician to population ratio.1 An important mission of PA education is to educate PAs to work in primary care or medically underserved areas. This study identifies the demographics, distribution and specialty of PAs in Utah. Methodology Demographic data on all Utah PAs licensed through December 2015 was obtained from the Utah Division of Professional Licensure. File maker pro Alumni Database records were utilized to identify University of Utah alumni. Descriptive statistics of all licensed PAs was determined. Maps were made comparing the number of PAs in each county, Utah PA alumni and PAs in counties designated a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or medically underserved area (MUA). Results In the southern part of the state, one county, Washington county contains the city of St. George, although considered now a metropolitan statistical area, an influx of retired residents and surrounding rural counties suggest challenges for health care access. 1 Physician Assistants by Sex, Utah, 2015 2 Number of Physician Assistants by County, Utah, 2015 3 Number of Physican Assistants by Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), 2015 4 Percentage of Physician Assistants Who are UPAP Alumni, Utah, 2015 5 Number of Physician Assistants by County by Mean Year of Graduation, 2015 Conclusions Although Utah is one of the healthiest states in the US it has a significant primary care shortage due in part to the high birth rate and a sizeable elderly population.2 In what would be considered a PA friendly state with four of the six key elements by AAPA, Utah is an ideal state for PAs to fill this critical gap in the workforce.3 This study shows that the majority of Utah graduates leave the state, but those that stay in Utah work in HPSA MUA or or MUA/MUP designated counties. References 1.American Academy of Medical Colleges. 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book. November 2015. http://members.aamc.org/eweb/upload/2015StateDataBook%20(revised).pdf Accessed March 16, 2016. 2.Coombs JM, Morgan P, Pederson DM et al. Factors associated with Physician Assistant Practice in Rural and Primary Care in Utah. Int Jour Family Med. 2011; 2011: 879036. 3.Utah Medical Education Council. Utah's Physician Assistant Workforce, 2015: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of PAs in Utah. 2015. http://www.utahmec.org/uploads/files/176/2015-PA-Report.pdf Ac...
Purpose Utah has a critical provider shortage with the second to lowest primary care physician to population ratio.1 An important mission of PA education is to educate PAs to work in primary care or medically underserved areas. This study identifies the demographics, distribution and specialty of PAs in Utah. Methodology Demographic data on all Utah PAs licensed through December 2015 was obtained from the Utah Division of Professional Licensure. File maker pro Alumni Database records were utilized to identify University of Utah alumni. Descriptive statistics of all licensed PAs was determined. Maps were made comparing the number of PAs in each county, Utah PA alumni and PAs in counties designated a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or medically underserved area (MUA). Results In the southern part of the state, one county, Washington county contains the city of St. George, although considered now a metropolitan statistical area, an influx of retired residents and surrounding rural counties suggest challenges for health care access. 1 Physician Assistants by Sex, Utah, 2015 2 Number of Physician Assistants by County, Utah, 2015 3 Number of Physican Assistants by Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), 2015 4 Percentage of Physician Assistants Who are UPAP Alumni, Utah, 2015 5 Number of Physician Assistants by County by Mean Year of Graduation, 2015 Conclusions Although Utah is one of the healthiest states in the US it has a significant primary care shortage due in part to the high birth rate and a sizeable elderly population.2 In what would be considered a PA friendly state with four of the six key elements by AAPA, Utah is an ideal state for PAs to fill this critical gap in the workforce.3 This study shows that the majority of Utah graduates leave the state, but those that stay in Utah work in HPSA MUA or or MUA/MUP designated counties. References 1.American Academy of Medical Colleges. 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book. November 2015. http://members.aamc.org/eweb/upload/2015StateDataBook%20(revised).pdf Accessed March 16, 2016. 2.Coombs JM, Morgan P, Pederson DM et al. Factors associated with Physician Assistant Practice in Rural and Primary Care in Utah. Int Jour Family Med. 2011; 2011: 879036. 3.Utah Medical Education Council. Utah's Physician Assistant Workforce, 2015: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of PAs in Utah. 2015. http://www.utahmec.org/uploads/files/176/2015-PA-Report.pdf Ac...
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