An Inside Look at 2017 Presentations and Poster Award Winners

AAPA 2018 Research Submissions due Dec. 31, 2017

December 12, 2017

By AAPA Research Department

Did you attend a research event at AAPA Conference 2017? More than 18 hours of PA research were highlighted during AAPA 2017 with ePoster Meet the Author sessions, Research in Action presentations, and the Researchers’ Luncheon.

At the ePoster Meet the Author sessions, research by and about PAs was the focus of 10 hours of programming. During the Professional Outreach and Advocacy Gallery, research projects showcased the roles PAs play within the healthcare workforce, and the work PAs will do around oral health screenings, plus research on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who are interested, or practice, in the PA profession.

In the Education Gallery, research included evaluating novel approaches to PA education and describing the experiences of PA students and their financial burdens. Finally, within the Clinical Research and Case Studies Gallery, we saw research on enhancing patient communication, patient perspectives, and a variety of interesting case studies. In total, 98 research projects were presented over five days. Thirty of the top ePosters abstracts can also be found online at the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Congratulations to the winners of the AAPA Poster Awards. The JAAPA Student Poster Award, furnished by Wolters Kluwer, is awarded to the top three student ePosters at AAPA 2017. Each winner earns $500.

Hospital Administrators’ Attitudes and Opinions Regarding Physician Assistants as Candidates for Organizational Leadership Positions

Student Author: Matthew E. Noll, PA-S

Co-author: John B. Oliphant, PhD Candidate, MHP, MSEd, PA-C, ATC

Rochester Institute of Technology

North Carolina United Scholars Program: An early intervention program to increase diversity in the Physician Assistant workforce

Student Author: Alejandro Rendon, PA-S

Co-author: Donna Murray, MS, PA-C

Lenoir-Rhyne University

A Case of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection Presenting as a Sore Throat

Student Author: Claudia Lam, PA-S

Co-author: Christopher Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C

USC Primary Care PA Program

The AAPA Poster Award winner, furnished by the Association of Postgraduate PA Programs, is given to the top ePoster submitted by a PA enrolled in a postgraduate program or to a PA student whose ePoster is focused on postgraduate education.  The winner receives $500.

Fighting Fire with Fire: tPA for Thrombosed Mitral Valve Presenting with Alveolar Hemorrhage

Author: Michael Sharp, PA-C

Coauthors: Adrijana Krstic, PA-C; Jennifer Palermo, PA-C; Amber Brooks-Gumbert, PA-C

Mayo Clinic PA Fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine

The Research in Action series showcased research that may advance the PA profession or treatment. Highlights at AAPA 2017 included workforce research at the Veterans Administration, research on the gender wage gap, US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and research on the effectiveness of a student-run free clinic for the homeless.

While AAPA 2017 set high standards for PA research, AAPA 2018 is shaping up to be even stronger. Attendees can expect daily ePoster Meet the Author sessions and a full day of Research in Action presentations. Attendees will be able to take a survey at the Survey Station and take home the AAPA 2018 mascot.

Do you want to participate in a Research event at AAPA 2018? We are accepting submissions to both ePosters and Research in Action through December31, 2017.

Why should you present your research at AAPA 2018?

  1. Top posters may be published in JAAPA.
  2. Students and post-graduates who submit can win cash prizes.
  3. Presenters can improve their public speaking and presentation skills.
  4. Presentations and posters can be added to CVs and resumes.
  5. Select ePosters will be chosen to be presented at Research in Action.
  6. This can be a first step to publishing and professional development.
  7. Researchers can collaborate with others around the country and internationally.
  8. It can help disseminate new research and foster new research ideas.
  9. Your work ultimately improves when you hear feedback from other professionals.
  10. It is FUN! Coming to conference is a fun experience. Make new friends, network with other professionals, and explore New Orleans.

We hope to see you there!

The author is Noël Smith, MA, AAPA’s senior director of research. Contact her at [email protected].