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Educating the Educators: Competency-Based Instructional Physician Assistant Faculty Development through the Use of Online Learning Modules

Allias, Mary Carcella and Murphy, Emily Burnheimer (2021) Educating the Educators: Competency-Based Instructional Physician Assistant Faculty Development through the Use of Online Learning Modules. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In contrast to principal Physician Assistant (PA) program faculty, clinically practicing PAs are not provided adequate preparation to function effectively as instructional faculty in PA programs. This improvement science-based dissertation in practice examined the usefulness of online instructional modules designed to orient clinically practicing PAs to their role of instructional faculty. Inquiry included the effectiveness of the modules in improving the participants’ content knowledge, the efficacy of the online format as an instructional method, and the participants’ perceptions of the module delivery method and the content contained within. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of data collected from departmental PA instructional faculty determined the online modules to be effective in all areas and uncovered themes that revealed the strengths of the modules and opportunities for improvement for the next iteration of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle. Future work will include expansion of the module content in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as recognition and mitigation of provider burnout. After expansion, the modules will be deployed in within our place of practice.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Allias, Mary Carcellamallias1@pitt.edumallias1
Murphy, Emily Burnheimeremurphy@pitt.eduemurphy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPerry,
Committee MemberRoss, Sharon
Committee MemberGarino,
Date: 16 July 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 May 2021
Approval Date: 16 July 2021
Submission Date: 15 June 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 110
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physician Assistant Education
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 19:37
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 19:37


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