MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Study


This project, performed in partnership with MEDEX Northwest in the School of Public Health, examined the locational choices and role of physician assistants (PAs) in the WAMI states, explored the use of PAs as physician extenders, and described the evolution of PA training and function over the past two decades. We surveyed all MEDEX graduates to identify factors that predict selection of and retention in rural locations. Results of this study improved the ability of training programs to select trainees likely to pursue successful careers in underserved rural areas and identified the kinds of professional environments conducive to attracting and retaining mid-level health care providers.