• PA program characteristics and diversity in the profession

      Coplan, Bettie; Bautista, Tara G.; Dehn, Richard W.; Univ Arizona, Coll Med, Dept Biomed Informat (LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2018-03)
      Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to identify PA program characteristics that may be associated with higher or lower percentages of underrepresented minority students in PA programs. Methods: Data from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) 2002-2003 and 2012-2013 annual surveys were analyzed. Bivariate correlation coefficients and multiple regression modeling were used to identify relationships between program characteristics and percentages of black and Hispanic students. Results: The percentage of white matriculants in PA programs increased from 76.5% in 2002-2003 to 81.8% in 2012-2013; the percentage of black students decreased from 6.2% to 4.4%. Multiple linear regression revealed a modest negative relationship between master's degree and percentage of underrepresented minority students and a modest positive relationship between percentages of underrepresented minority employees and underrepresented minority students. Conclusions: Further research is needed to identify strategies to increase underrepresented minority participation in healthcare professions programs.