University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

Improving Physician Assistant Student Outcomes Through Wellness and Mental Health Support


PA Education


Laura Witte, PhD




The purpose of this article is to review the incidence of, as well as the short and long term effects of stress and mental health disorders amongst Physician Assistant (PA) students. Additionally, it is the intention of the author to develop a call to action for PA programs to implement comprehensive mental health screenings, as well as develop initiatives to mitigate student stress and support PA student wellness.


A literature search was conducted to identify incidence of stress, mental health disorders in PA and medical students. Additionally, the literature related to wellness programs in PA and medical schools was reviewed.


PA students, like medical students, are at increased risk for stress and development of mental health disorders, which may lead to negative outcomes both immediately, and, in their future careers.


Given the risk for negative outcomes, PA programs should be compelled to act. There are a number of evidence-based screening, preventive, and, interventional strategies PA programs can implement to reduce stress and improve overall student wellness.

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