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Physician assistant: motivations and perceptions of the profession.
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PMID:  22735819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-six physician assistant students from three physician assistant programs in southern California.
METHOD: We enrolled a focus group at each school. We used four open-ended questions to explore the participants' reasons for choosing the PA profession. In addition, participants completed a demographic questionnaire. Using qualitative analysis, we identified three themes among the participants' responses.
RESULTS: Responses were grouped in the following categories: 1. Motivations for becoming a PA; 2. Flexibility and autonomy; and 3. Perceptions of a gender gap.
CONCLUSIONS: There are several factors that contribute to the gender gap in the PA profession. Health professions with a gender gap may consider these factors to design a supportive environment for genders as well as re-examine marketing targets and educational awareness.
Kenrick Bourne; Noha Daher; Heather Javaherian; Liane Hewitt; Colwick Wilson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of allied health     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1945-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Allied Health     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0361603     Medline TA:  J Allied Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  70-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Loma Linda University, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda, CA 92350, USA. Tel 909-558-1000 ext 47678, fax 909-558-0101.
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