Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Graduation

8-2003

Degree Type

Capstone Project (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Jon Gietzen, PA-C

Second Advisor

Rob Rosenow, OD, PharmD

Abstract

Context: For a Physician Assistant (PA) program to maintain effective educative processes requires frequent evaluation of its academic rigor. The Pacific University PA Program uses three surveys to make adjustments to its training and assure the competency of its students; the Student, Graduate, and Physician Surveys. These surveys inquire about students' level of preparedness, based on a 5-point scale, to incorporate the programs mission/values and clinical tasks.

Objective: To evaluate the Student Surveys ability to indicate an accurate level of preparedness and find a value, based on the 5-point scale, which would imply the need for curriculum changes.

Design: The Graduate and Physician Surveys are considered standard measures of PA preparedness. The mean Student Survey responses are compared to the mean Graduate and Physician Survey responses and between classes to analyze its ability to measure preparedness and consistency. An appropriate cut off value used to suggest program changes was also I calculated.

Setting: This study was conducted at the Pacific University PA program.

Subjects: The classes of; 1999,2000, and 2001 and their supervising physicians were surveyed.

Results: A total of 54 of 57 Student Surveys, 37 of 57 Graduate Surveys and 20 of 57 Physician Surveys were completed. A value of p

Conclusions: The Student Survey does reflect the Graduate and Physician Surveys and is considered consistent from year to year. Therefore the use of the student Survey as an indication of student preparedness and to suggest program changes appears to be appropriate.

Comments

The digital version of this project is currently unavailable to off-campus users; however, it may be requested via interlibrary loan by eligible borrowers from Pacific University Library. Pacific University Library is a free lender. (Library Use: NL)

Share

COinS