AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship

Applications are now closed for the fifth year of the AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship. The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship is a collaborative PA education and workforce research capacity building program. The goals of the Fellowship are three-fold: develop a cadre of PAs skilled in PA education and workforce research, encourage utilization of PAEA and AAPA data to generate research of interest to the PA profession and community of PA scholars, and provide future research mentors for newer faculty to sustain the PA workforce and education research pipeline.

Interested in applying next year, you can prepare by reading the 2021-2022 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship Guidelines prior to applying.

If you have questions about the process or the Fellowship itself, we are happy to help! Just send us an email and allow 2 business days for us to respond.

Description of the Fellowship

Description of the Fellowship

PAEA and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), offer up to three one-year research fellowships annually. PAs must be involved in research if the profession is to demonstrate their role in the healthcare environment. In addition, PA faculty face the pressure to publish original research, while educating students and practicing clinically. This program provides a substantial investment to strengthen the research skills and productivity of qualified PAs to conduct high-quality, publishable research.

The Fellowship will provide PAs with 

  • Funding for protected time to allow Fellows to conduct research and expand their research agendas;
  • Broaden Fellows’ knowledge of the medical research community, data sources, and build their professional networks with prominent medical research organizations; and
  • Developmental support to join a strong cohort of research leaders who mentor future PA researchers and become PA research experts who advance the profession.

The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship provides financial support for PAs with a strong interest in research about the PA profession and PA education. A grant covering 20 percent of the recipient’s base salary up to $25,000 will be allocated to the fellow’s institution to permit a 20 percent time release from teaching and other activities to allow them to focus on scholarly activities of interest to the PA profession and PA education. There is no allowance for institutional indirect costs.

The Fellowship will include a two-to-four-day seminar at the PAEA offices in Washington, DC, and a two-to-three-day seminar at the AAPA offices in Alexandria, Virginia. Fellows will participate in exclusive Fellowship sessions and earn more than 40 hours of CME. Travel expenses for fellowship events will be covered in full, however, the COVID-19 pandemic may alter these plans and require virtual components.

Fellows are expected to use the release time to develop their research skills by completing and providing to AAPA and PAEA a research project under the guidance of a mentor, engaging in educational activities, and broadening their knowledge of PA education and the PA profession. By the conclusion of the Fellowship, fellows should have completed their research and have their findings prepared for publication and presentation.

Individuals selected for the Fellowship will be conferred the title of AAPA-PAEA Research Fellow.

If you would like to read about the experiences of Bettie Coplan, PhD, MPAS, PA-C during her Fellowship application and read her tips, she was featured in a PAEA article.

Goals of the Fellowship Program

Goals of the Fellowship Program

The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship seeks to build the research capacity of PAs and PA faculty and develop leaders to represent, advance, and elevate PAs in health professions research.

The objectives of the fellowship are to:

  • Develop a cadre of PA leaders who are skilled in PA education and workforce research;
  • Encourage utilization of PAEA and AAPA data to generate research of interest to the PA profession and community of PA scholars; and
  • Provide future research mentors for early career PA researchers in order to sustain the PA workforce and education research pipeline
2021 Summer Seminar Series

2021 Summer Seminar Series

New this year, AAPA and PAEA are inviting all members to participate in the Research Fellowship Summer Seminar Series. Your faculty and students can join the Research Fellows in learning about secondary data, grant writing, publications, and more! Sessions are free and include CME credit. The sessions that are closed to Research Fellows only are noted with a icon. Please note that all times listed are Eastern Time (ET).

Please refer to the full agenda (PDF) for the speaker(s) and learning objectives for each session.

To register, click on the seminar you wish to attend. 

Schedule of Events

Work Requirements for Fellows

Work Requirements for Fellows

The fellowship will run from November 1, 2021 through October 31, 2022.

  • Commitment to scholarly activity for the equivalent of one day per week (.2 FTE)
  • Completion of a research project including publication in or submission to a peer-reviewed journal or other project approved by PAEA and AAPA within one year of fellowship completion (October 2023)
  • Interim reports providing updates on project progress and obstacles due to the funder at six and 12 months of the fellowship
  • Attendance at the 2021 PAEA Education Forum (kick off), AAPA 2021 Conference, and 2022 PAEA Education Forum (closing presentation)
  • Attendance at webinar seminars
  • Attendance at monthly check-in meetings with the funder regarding project progress
  • Two in-person meetings in the Washington, DC, area (winter and summer seminar series)
Important Dates for 2021-2022

Important Dates for 2021-2022

  • Applications close – May 30, 2021
  • Hold interviews – June 28-July 2, 2021
  • Send offer letters – July 9, 2021
  • PAEA 2021 – Late October 2021 (TBD)
  • Winter Seminar Series – Mid-January 2022 (Washington, DC)
  • AAPA 2022 – May 21-25, 2022 (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Summer Seminar Series – Mid-July 2022 (Alexandria, VA)
  • PAEA 2022 – Late October 2022 (TBD)
Meet the Fellows

Meet the Fellows

Congratulations to Adrian Banning, DHSc, MMS, PA-C and Stephanie Neary, MPA, MMS, PA-Con their acceptance into the 2020-2021 PAEA Research Fellowship.

Adrian Banning, DHSc, MMS, PA-C of Drexel University

Provider Well-Being Curricula and Student Well-Being in PA Education

Dr. Adrian S. Banning has been a physician assistant since 2006 specializing in primary care and focusing on the veteran population. She became a faculty member at Drexel University in 2008. As an associate clinical professor, she teaches the didactic section of PA education which includes evidence-based medicine.

Her previous research has explored the effect of art therapy on medical education and its relationship to communication, ambiguity, empathy, and well-being. Her Fellowship project will investigate associations between PA program curricula and student-reported well-being, in addition to associations between student demographics, program characteristics, and student well-being. Banning hopes that her study will prove valuable to PA programs seeking to meet the new Accreditation Standard B2.20 focused on provider wellness.

Stephanie Neary, MPA, MMS, PA-C of Yale School of Medicine PA Online Program

The effect of a well-being curriculum on the mental health outcomes of first year Physician Assistant (PA) students

Stephanie Neary has been a physician assistant since graduating with an MMS in Physician Assistant Studies in 2015. She currently practices inpatient endocrinology in the Diabetes Management Service at the Medical University of South Carolina. She began her career as an adjunct faculty in 2012 and became an instructor at the Yale School of Medicine PA Online Program in 2017. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor Adjunct and the Director of Didactic Education.

Stephanie Neary was motivated to study PA student well-being because of her own experiences as a student in two master’s programs paired with her experience advising numerous didactic students. In her Fellowship, she plans to study the effect of a dedicated well-being curriculum on PA student mental health. Neary hopes that her curriculum will erase the idea of white coat infallibility and provide all students foundational skills in positive coping and self-reflection.

Current and Past Fellows

Current and Past Fellows

2020-2021 PAEA Research Fellows

  • Adrian Banning, DHSc, MMS, PA-C of Drexel University
  • Stephanie Neary, MPA, MMS, PA-C of Yale School of Medicine PA Online Program

2019-2020 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Kari Bernard, MS, PA-C, of MEDEX Northwest
  • Vanessa Bester, EdD, PA-C, of Augsburg University

2018-2019 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Bettie Coplan, MPAS, PA-C, of Northern Arizona University
  • Morgan Nowak, MS, PA-C, of Shenandoah University
  • Ryan White, MS, MPH, PA-C, of Rutgers University

2017-2018 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Christy Hanson, MPAS, PA-C, of Bethel University
  • Virginia Valentin, DrPH, PA-C, of University of Utah
  • Alicia Quella, PhD, PA-C, of Augsburg University