Data Requests & Research Support

AAPA’s research department has a wealth of research leadership, analytical capacity, literature and data about PAs and PA students as well as pertinent health workforce issues. How can we best help you with your data request?

AAPA Small Research Grants NEW!


The AAPA has renewed the AAPA Small Research Grant (SRG) program for 2022. The SRG is intended to support new research which will be submitted for publication and for presentation at AAPA national conferences.

The goal of the SRG program is to support research for PAs who otherwise do not have access to institutional resources (e.g., time free from teaching or clinical practice, access to graduate student support, internal funding mechanisms, grant writing resources), and to help establish a record of external funding. The SRG is especially intended to provide seed funding to help individuals build their research portfolio and successfully apply for larger grants.

Researchers who wish to use existing AAPA data sets may find the public use file documentation on our Bibliography and Resources page.

We have provided an extensive Bibliography on PA Value 2011 ‐ 2021, including how to conduct a search, to help you generate ideas and write your background. The bibliography also highlights select articles that are illustrative of work that can be done within the PA profession that would allow PAs and their advocates to show the value of PAs within the United States healthcare system.

Learn more about the program and what an application entails by downloading the 2022 AAPA Small Research Grants documentation. Please note, some details will be subject to change.

2022 Focus

Funds for the 2022 grant cycle year will be prioritized to research which will examine issues related to Optimal Team Practice (OTP).

As AAPA and state organizations advocate for OTP, much more research is needed to show that PAs provide safe, high quality, cost-effective care to patients. We are looking for research such as

  • Patient outcomes for PAs’ patients, particularly on teams where
    • PAs are serving as team leader
    • When PAs are owners or co-owners of a practice
    • Among those who work as first assists in surgery, and/or
    • PAs in rural areas and health provider shortage areas
  • PAs’ role in increasing access to care, particularly in rural areas and/or in health provider shortage areas
  • Models of PA utilization
  • Clinical teams that are optimized for patient care
  • Consumer satisfaction with the care PAs provide
  • How executive orders impacted PA roles and patient outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic

These are just a few examples of topic areas. We look forward to seeing what researchers propose.

Submission Deadlines

The call for submissions is now closed. We expect notifications to be sent out by the end of July.

Questions and Supports

Noël Smith, Senior Director of PA and Industry Research and Analysis, will be hosting office hours to support PAs looking to submit a proposal. All meetings will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. Times listed are EST.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Friday, April 22, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday, June 2,  2022 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm 

Monday, June 6, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


AAPA has awarded $37,000 to three researchers as part of the Small Research Grant pilot. Congratulations to:
Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-C, of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who received $9,000 for “Patient Satisfaction: A Comparison of Dermatology Physician Assistants, Dermatologists, and Resident Physicians in Outpatient Academic Medical Center”

Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C, of AdventHealth who received $8,000 for “Role Delineation and Team Participation of Physician Assistant/Associates in Obstetrics and Gynecology”

Gerald Kayingo, PhD, MBA, PA-C, of University of Maryland, Baltimore who received $20,000 for “COVID-19 and Job Posting Trends Among U.S. PAs. The ValuePac Study”.

Request for Information

If you need a specific statistic on the PA profession, have a question about research, or are looking for something other than survey support and case level data, please submit your request for information or data

Data and Survey Support

We have updated the policies for providing data and research support to PAs and PA Researchers. Please read through our Policy Guide on Data Collection, Access and Ownership to find out how we may best help you. Requests are evaluated based on several factors, including but not limited to how they fit with the AAPA Strategic Plan as well as the Research Agenda.

  • Raw data files: Do you have a research question that case-level  from AAPA data may answer?  We have our made data available to qualified researchers. Other data, not included in the documentation, may be available on a case by case basis. Submit your request for accessing case-level data.
  • Fielding your survey: Are you looking for support getting a survey into the hands of PAs and/or PA students? Submit your request for support fielding a survey. Please note that we are currently scheduling surveys for dissemination with our quarterly survey, the PA Practice Survey, in August 2021 and the AAPA Salary Survey in 2022. Alternatively, you may field the survey through PA Observations, a paid survey panel comprised of about 2,000 PAs and 400 PA Students who have expressed interest in taking surveys.
  • Request collaboration on a research project: Do you have an idea for a research project that you would like to partner with AAPA on? Submit your idea for the collaboration. Past collaborations include looking at why PAs quit their jobs, a look into PAs in urgent care, barriers students from diverse backgrounds experience both applying to and in PA school, and many more.