Date of Award
PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy
Education Leadership, Management and Policy
Katie Smith, Ph.D.
Robert Kelchen, Ph.D.
Lauren Twombly, Ph.D.
physician assistant training, underrepresented minorities in medicine, physician assistant program length, physician assistant stress, medical training stress
The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between physician Assistant (PA) program length and stress measures in PA students, particularly PA students classified as underrepresented minorities in medicine. The stress measures included in this study were quality of life, mental well-being, emotional well-being, and physical well-being. Previous studies in PA education have examined the effect of PA program length on national certifying exam pass rates and have shown no relationship between the two. This was the first study examining the relationship between PA program length and stress measures. There is a documented lack of underrepresented minorities in the PA profession, and the majority of PAs are White females. The results of this study showed that shorter PA programs were associated with higher physical well-being scores. In addition, older students, males, and students with higher levels of PA school debt had lower scores for quality of life, mental well-being, emotional well-being, and physical well-being. The variable underrepresented minority in medicine status was not statistically significant in any of the regressions. Implications, limitations, and potential future research were all discussed.
McWeeney, Michelle and McWeeney, Michelle, "Association Between Stress and Length of Program in Underrepresented Minority Physician Assistant Students" (2020). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2820.