Research Activities

AAPA wants you to be involved with its research and product development! There are a few different ways to get into the action.


A new initiative designed to bring together member voices to help shape AAPA's research agenda. Members will take short surveys and participate in meetings, conference calls, task teams and other activities. Time commitment: Minimal


An initiative to get member input on AAPA's products and services. Members will participate in beta testing, focus groups, and conference calls. Time commitment: Highly active

IMPACT 2013 - Third Annual Research Summit

This event, held at AAPA’s 41st annual Physician Assistant Conference in Washington, D.C., highlighted key studies conducted by prominent PA researchers. In four sessions over two days, respected researchers explored the dynamics of the PA profession and research that supports it.

The Role of PAs and NPs in Caring for Diabetics

Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA-C with James Cawley, PA-C, MPH 
Over the last five years, three separate studies compared the quality of care provided to diabetics by PAs and NPs. Two of these studies claim the NPs provide better care, but the third study shows that PAs consistently provide better care. In this point-counterpoint session, all three studies were presented and critiqued, establishing the true answer to the question, "Who does it better?"

The Role of PAs in Hospitals

Folusho Ogunfiditimi, MPH, PA-C 
Nearly 40 percent of clinically practicing PAs work in hospitals. But how can we quantify the value that PAs bring to the hospitals? This session delved into this question, exploring the role of PAs in revenue generation and other aspects of hospital healthcare. 

The Progression of a PA's Career

Jennifer Coombs, PhD, PA-C 
The PA profession is one of the most dynamic professions, where the possibilities are constantly expanding. This session explored the unique opportunities and challenges of a PA's career, focusing on key transitional points from graduation to retirement.

Primary Care: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Perspective 

Robert McNellis, MPH, PA-C 
Significant changes are being made in the healthcare delivery system, spurred by growing recognition of the importance of quality primary care. This session featured research supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and examined current and future primary care research, how PAs will be potentially impacted and how they can participate in the evolving future of primary care.