Research

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The faculty members of the Physician Assistant Studies Department are scholars who actively research across many areas of inquiry including professional and interprofessional clinical practice, teaching and learning, social determinants of health and various medical specialties. They work collaboratively with colleagues in other professions, disciplines, and institutions.

Explore Our Faculty Research

Reamer Bushardt, Pharm D, PA-C, DFAAPA
Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences
Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
  • Bushardt RL. Differences in patient care: Physician versus PA/physician model (Commentaries on health services research). Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2018;31(5):1-2.
  • Ragan P, Hills K, Bushardt RL, Colletti T, Sekhon L, Becker R, Beard C, Gindoff A. The North Carolina Physician Assistant Program Directors Council – Collaboration, Collegiality, and Scholarship. Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association. 2018;29(2):132-4.
  • Curtis LG & Bushardt RL. A novel educational pathway to develop translational scientists and PA educators. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017;30(12):1-2.
  • Bushardt RL, Hartsell ZC, Hildebrandt C, et al. PAs in healthcare administration. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017;30(12):1-2.
  • Bushardt RL. Triggers. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017;30(11):7-8.
  • Bushardt RL. Triggers, part 2. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017;30(11):1-2.
  • Bushardt RL & Asprey DP. Celebrating 50 years of PAs. In: The PA Profession: 50 Years and Counting. Joint special issue publication of Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association. 2017. Published online.
  • Bushardt RL & Ballweg R. Reflecting on the PA profession’s 50th anniversary. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017;30(10):9-10.
  • Bushardt RL. Access to excess. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017;30(5):8-11.
  • Bushardt RL & Asprey DP (Editors). The PA Profession: 50 Years and Counting (digital book). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. 2017; 1-218.
  • Bushardt RL & Todd BA. Chapter 15 Advanced Practice Providers: A Strategic Look at Professional Development and Workforce Innovation. In Constantine RH, Halpern N and Sicoutris C (Eds.) Integrating Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants in the ICU, 2nd edition. Society of Critical Care Medicine Publishing. In press, 2019.
  • Bushardt RL, Capshaw TL, Crandall SJ.  Promoting Academic and Student Leadership. In Kayingo G, Hass VM. (Eds.) The Health Professions Educator: A Practical Guide for New and Established Faculty. New York, NY: Springer. 2017; 285-96.
  • Ballweg R & Brown D.  Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice. 6thed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017.
    • Chapter Author: Perry CJ & Bushardt RL. Ch. 17 Considerations for a Logical Approach to Medication Prescribing.
Debra Herrmann, DHSc, MPH, PA-C
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

Publications:

  • Goldman EF, Plack MM, Scott AR, Pintz C, Herrmann D, Kline K, Thompson T, and Brundage SB. (2017). Systems Thinking and Systems-Based Practice Across the Health Professions: An Inquiry into Definitions, Teaching Practices, and Assessment. Journal of Teaching and Learning
  • Debra Herrmann, Demystifying Arterial Blood Gases. Physician Assistant Clinic. Accepted for publication January 2019.

Presentations:

  • [Poster] Paige McDonald, Howard Straker, Jaqueline Barnett. Debra Herrmann, Karen Schlumpf. Connecting Classrooms, Clinicians and Community Clinics for Active Learning: Leveraging Technology in PA Education, SoTL GW Teaching Day 2018, 2018 September.
  • Rebecca Maldonado, MSHPE, PA-C, Meghan Treitz, MD, FAAP, Debra Herrmann, DHSc, MPH, PA-C. Clinical Reasoning Assessment: A Workshop for Developing Script Concordance Assessment Items. Presented at the The Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) National Conference, Denver, CO, April 2018.

 

Susan LeLacheur, DrPH, PA-C
Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
  • LeLacheur S, Bester V, Huggins-Oxendine L, Bradley-Guidry C, Ryujin D, Samuels K, Maldonado   A, Bowen D, Himmerick K, Minority Physician Assistant Faculty: A Phenomenological  Assessment of Factors Leading to Retention in the Faculty Role, accepted for publication J Physician Assist Educ. 2019.
  • DiBaise M, Tshuma L, Ryujin D, LeLacheur, SF. A Descriptive Study of Perceived Discrimination, Harassment and Abuse in Physician Assistant Education. J Physician Assist Educ. 2018; 29(2): 77-85.
  • LeLacheur SF. (invited submission) HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis in WomenNEJM Journal       Watch, Women’s Health, Feature Article, online publication 2018.

Book Chapters:

  • LeLacheur, SF. Gastroenterology, LeLacheur, SF. Gastroenterology, AAPA Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations, 6th Ed., Williams & Wilkins, 2018, revised from prior editions published 1999, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2015
  • LeLacheur, SF. Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Physician Assistant, a Guide to Clinical Practice, July 2017
  • LeLacheur, SF.  Cultural Competence, Physician Assistant, a Guide to Clinical Practice, July 2017, 5th Ed., Williams & Wilkins, 2013, revised from prior editions published 1999, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014 & 2017

Peer Reviewed Research Briefs:

  • “A Phenomenological Assessment of Minority Faculty Retention.” Research presentation with SD. Ryujin and K. Samuels, Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Denver, CO, October 2017
  • “A Descriptive Study of Perceived Discrimination, Harassment and Abuse in Physician Assistant Education.” Poster presentation with M. DiBaise, L. Tshuma, D. Ryujin, and S. LeLacheur, American Academy of Physician Assistants National Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May, 2017. Research presentation Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Denver, CO, October 2017

Professional Presentations:

  • “Teaching Social Determinants of Health and Healthcare” with K Wright Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Denver, CO, October 2017
Maura Polansky, MS, MHPE, PA-C
Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

  • May 2018. Quantitative Assessment of Learning Behaviors for Oncology Providers. Wood, M. George TJ, Manochakian R, Polansky M, Baer A, Grupe A, Shyr Y, Wang C, Horn L. Poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • April 13-14, 2018.  Use of an Interprofessional Education Pilot Project to Improve Weekly Interdisciplinary Rounds at MD Anderson Bay Area.  Hernandez E, Polansky M, Matlock K, et al. Poster presentation at the 1st Surgical Oncology Advance Practitioner Conference, Houston, TX.
  • August 29, 2017. Learning in Interprofessional Communities of Clinical Practice- A Qualitative Study of Physicians and Physician Assistants. Polansky M, Govaerts M, Eid A, Bodurka D, Dolmans D. Poster presentation at the AMEE 2017 Annual Meeting, Helsinki, Finland.
  • March 9, 2017 Key Factors That Impact Physicians-in-Training Learning from and with Physician Assistants in Interprofessional Communities of Practice: An Interview Study of Faculty and Physician Assistants. Poster Presentation. Polansky M, Govaerts M, Dewey K, Eid A, Bodurka D, Dolmans DH Presented at the 2017 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Annual Educational Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Peterson EDT, Hussaini, SS, Murfin M, Smith BJ, Polansky M, et al. Specialty Certification and Clinical Flexibility. Accepted for publication to JAAPA.
  • Lucente P, Polansky, M. Colorectal cancer rates are rising in younger adults.  JAAPA 2018;31(12);10.11.
  • Polansky M, Asprey DP.  Postgraduate Residency Programs in Ballweg R, Sullivan EM, Brown D, Vetrosky D eds. Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice, 6thed. Elsevier Saunders. 2018
Tamara Ritsema, PhD, MPH, MMSc, PA-C/R
Chair & Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

Publications:

  • Ritsema TS, Roberts KA.  Explosive growth of British PA programs.  Journal of Physician Assistant Education. 2019;(1) epub ahead of print
  • Ritsema TS.  Diverting Dementia:  scientific evidence for reducing risk of developing dementias.  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2018;31(12):13-19.
  • Ritsema TS, Smith N, Cawley JF.  Physician Assistants in Urgent Care.  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2018;31(8):40-44
  • Ritsema TS, Klinger AM. Can physician assistants help address the pressing public health problem of rising maternal mortality?  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2018;31(6):11-12
Howard Straker, EdD, MPH, PA-C
Director, Physician Assistant- Master of Public Health Program
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
Assistant Professor, Prevention and Community Health

Publications:

  • McDonald, P.L., Straker, H.O., Weaver, G.C., & Barnett, J.S., (under review). Connecting the Classroom, Clinician, and Community Clinic through Technology for Authentic Learning Experiences on Social Determinants of Health, Education for Health.  
  • C4Tech: Virtual connections between the classroom, clinician and community clinic to bridge the gap between research and practice. Poster at the Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, December McDonald, P., Straker, H., Weaver, G., Barnett, J., & Herrmann D. 2018, Washington, DC. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.34053.81129
  • McDonald P., Straker, H., Weaver, G., Barnett, J., Herrmann, D., & Schlumpf. Connecting Classrooms, Clinicians and Community Clinics for Active Learning: Leveraging Technology in PA Education. Poster at the George Washington University Teaching Day, September 2018, Washington, DC. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.14723.96806
  • Experience of Commitment: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Primary Care Physician Commitment for Practice in Urban Medically Underserved Communities. Straker, HO. 2018 (doctoral dissertation).
  • Leveraging E-learning for pedagogical innovation in PA education. Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Straker HO, McDonald PL, Barnett JS, Collins A.. 2018; 29(1)62-66.
Marianne Vail, DHSc, PA-C
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
  • Maring J, Vail M, Wright KA, Tebbenhoff B, Canova K, Costello E. Attitudes toward academic dishonesty in health profession students. J Allied Health 2018 Winter;47(4):e97-3103.
Karen Wright, PhD, PA-C
Director, Physician Assistant Program
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

Publications:

  • Maring J, Vail M, Wright KA, Tebbenhoff B, Canova K, Costello E. Attitudes toward academic dishonesty in health profession students. J Allied Health 2018 Winter;47(4):e97-3103.
  • Peterson ED, Hussaini SS, Murfin M, Smith BJ, Polansky M, Mast J, Klingler A, Peterson PR, Wright KA. Specialty certification and clinical flexibility. JAAPA. Accepted June 2018.

Presentations:

  • Wright KA. Trends among PA Program Directors in the United States, 2000-2015. Physician Assistant Education Association Research Fellows Meeting, January 2018.
  • LeLacheur S, Wright KA. Teaching Social Determinants of Health and Health Care. Physician Assistant Education Association Forum, Denver, CO. October 2017.