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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Advisor

Laura Witte, Ph.D., PA-C

Abstract

How are programs meeting standard B2.10 from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), specifically “application of these principles in interprofessional teams?” ARC-PA desires education programs to emphasize the healthcare team. The team includes everyone involved in influencing patient care decisions. This presentation discusses the informatics techniques applied and the results of the 2020 snapshot on Physician Assistant (PA) interprofessional education. The benefits of interprofessional education include interconnected personal relationships, improved education outcomes, improved quality of patient care, and enhanced job satisfaction. Two hundred seventy-three accredited PA corresponding program location websites had their contents extracted using a Beautiful Soup enhanced Python script to automate the process of website evaluation. Programs identified for secondary review contained interprofessional, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or other related terms within the text of their program website. A manual study categorized the selected programs into dual degree offered, interprofessional curriculum integration, interprofessional clinical integration, or other interprofessional activity. An interactive Tableau® web map provides interactive information on programs located across the country. A step-by-step overview of the techniques, data, and the dashboard will be available immediately following the presentation at https://www.padualdegree.org/. In 2020, the most common dual PA degree offered is PA-Public Health. PA-Healthcare Administration, PA-Informatics, and PA-Pharmacy programs also were identified in this search. Over one-hundred programs include interprofessional related terminology within their program website, but not all provide significant details on how their program meets B2.10. Sixty-eight programs include interprofessional concrete examples within their website. Revealed ways programs incorporate interprofessional education into the academic phase of training include combined anatomy and physiology lectures, cross-program student facilitated lectures or hands-on demonstrations, and interprofessional case-study competitions. During clinical rotations, programs integrate students into interprofessional free health clinics. This presentation highlights multiple noteworthy instances discovered.

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