Department of PA Studies Research

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of PA Studies is one of the top PA programs in the country and produces leaders in the PA profession. Our faculty are actively involved in research and scholarship to promote the PA profession to others as well as to ensure that the curriculum is innovative and high quality. Current and past research in the department has focused on enhancing the PA workforce, inter-professional education, and educating PAs on clinical conditions that are challenging to diagnose or treat.

As the PA profession continues to grow and mature, so too will the research from the Wake Forest PA program faculty. Students who choose to attend Wake Forest will receive an innovative education from faculty who are also actively producing knowledge that will enhance the quality care that PAs provide.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Bifolck E, Fink A, Pedersen D, Gregory T. Smartphone imaging for the ophthalmic examination in primary care. JAAPA. 2018;31(8):34-38.
  • Browne, M., Barrett, S., Icenhour, L., Reich, S., Gimpert, R., & Esinhart, T. (2018). Barriers to Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Adolescents. Physician Assistant Clinics, 3(3), 339-352
  • DeTroye, A., Christner, M., Eganhouse, D., Manning, B., Sunkin, E., & Gregory, T. (2018). The effects of physical activity on survival in patients with colorectal cancer. Journal of the American Academy of PAs, 31(2), 21-25.
  • McDaniel, M. J., Russell, G. B., & Crandall, S. J. (2018). Innovative Strategies for Clinical Microscopy Instruction: Virtual Versus Light Microscopy. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 29(2), 109-114.
  • Tanner G, Matthews K, Roeder H, Konopasek M, Bussard A, Gregory T. Current and future uses of probiotics. JAAPA. 2018;31(5):29-33.
  • Voytko, M. L., Barrett, N., Courtney-Smith, D., Golden, S. L., Hsu, F. C., Knovich, M. A., & Crandall, S. (2018). Positive Value of a Women's Junior Faculty Mentoring Program: A Mentor-Mentee Analysis. Journal of Women's Health.

Grant Funded Projects

  • Bulla SA (Principle investigator), Crandall S. (Co-Investigator). Building Bridges to Better Care (B3-Care): Connecting Interprofessional Education, Collaborative Practice and Leadership Development. UD7HP28691 D.H.H.S H.R.S.A, Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. $1,265,038, 2015-2018
  • Bushardt RL (Principal Investigator), Crandall S, Bailey JR. Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care. D57HP03190-07-01. U.S. D.H.H.S. H.R.S.A., Medicine and Dentistry. $638,081.00 September 2011 – September 2016. 
  • Bushardt RL (Principal Investigator. “Expansion of Physician Assistant Training into Western North Carolina.” The Duke Endowment (Funded). $375,000. August 2013 – September 2015.
  • Gregory T (Principal Investigator), “Use of the Medical Humanities in Physician Assistant Educational Programs: A National Survey.” Physician Assistant Education Association Research Institute (Funded). $5,475. September 2013 – October 2014.
  • Hurley RA (Principal Investigator), Bushardt RL (Co-Investigator/Co-Director, in kind), Wilson R, Russo PM, Dalsania P, Molina G.  Physician Assistant Residency Pilot Initiative – W.G. “Bill” Hefner Medical Center.  Department of Veteran Affairs – Office of Academic Affiliations (Funded).  July 2012 – June 2015.