Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Physician Assistant Education


Mark Archambault, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


A literature review was conducted to examine factors that affect faculty retention, faculty attrition, and job satisfaction for physician assistant (PA) educators, and to provide areas of focus for program leaders to invest time and resources in order to improve faculty retention. Literature from the physician assistant, nursing, and medical education communities was queried. Review of the literature revealed several specific but interrelated, modifiable factors that affected academic medicine faculty intent to stay or intent to leave academia. In order to improve faculty retention and job satisfaction, physician assistant program leaders can target these areas that have been shown to influence faculty intent to stay or intent to leave academia. Building a strategic mentoring plan, having a clear and attainable promotion process, supporting scholarly activities, and building a sense of community can create a framework for faculty retention.


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