Rutgers School of Public Heath health systems and policy doctoral student, Mr. Ryan White, has been awarded a research fellowship from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) – Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The fellowship will support his dissertation and provide a grant covering 20 percent of his base salary up to $25,000.
Mr. White is a physician assistant (PA) and currently, assistant professor in the department of physician assistant studies and practice, and assistant director, clinical education and practice, both at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. Mr. White’s planned dissertation is tentatively entitled “Predictive Factors in Physician Assistant Regulation, Utilization, and Wages, 2008-2016,” and will examine sociopolitical and economic factors that impact PA scope of practice regulations and PA wages. Ultimately, Mr. White seeks to create a framework for investigating the influence of the political and economic environment on the PA workforce.
“It is an honor to have been selected as a 2018-2019 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellow and I look forward to beginning this research and hope to contribute to a greater understanding of the influences that shape the PA workforce,” comments Mr. White. “The Fellowship represents a unique opportunity to learn from experienced researchers in health policy, health care workforce, and the PA profession. I am grateful for the support and guidance I’ve received from mentors and colleagues at the Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers School of Health Professions, PAEA, and AAPA.”