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PA Student e-Poster Wins AAPA Post-Graduate Student Competition

Marquette PA Students, Conner Venes and Amy Dunn (Class of 2018) won the e-Poster division of the AAPA Post-Graduate Division Student Competition.

Read on to learn about their project!

The Medical Competence and Career Benefits Following Completion of an Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Program

Many physician assistants (PAs) require additional specialized training after completing PA school. To attain this, PAs can either learn on the job or go through a postgraduate PA program. Despite postgraduate programs having existed for almost five decades, no comprehensive efficacy data of these programs is available. This study sought to determine if there is a difference in self-reported medical knowledge and procedural competency between emergency medicine PAs (EMPAs) who have and those who have not completed an emergency medicine postgraduate program. Data was also collected on employment opportunities, leadership, and compensation for the two groups. PAs with similar length of experience, who completed a single institution emergency medicine postgraduate program have higher self-rated self-efficacy scores in medical management and procedural competencies compared to those EMPAs who did not complete an EM postgraduate program. Post-graduate trained EMPAs felt more prepared to take on leadership roles within their institution, felt more competitive on the job market, and earned a mean salary which was $13,897 (p-value 0.194) higher than their non-postgraduate trained peers.

PA Students in front of poster


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