The fall semester brought exciting scholarship from faculty and students at the Yale Physician Associate program. Faye Steiner PhD PA-S2 was the second author on a paper titled A National Study of Outpatient Health Care Providers’ Effect on Emergency Department Visit Acuity and Likelihood of Hospitalization published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Working with Dr Maria Raven MD MPH at UC San Francisco the authors concluded that almost one quarter of individuals’ recent ED visits were driven by referrals from outpatient health care providers. Being referred to the ED by an outpatient provider is strongly associated with the seriousness of one’s medical condition, which also increases the odds of hospitalization compared with ED discharge. After controlling for seriousness of medical condition, ED referral by an outpatient provider continues to have an independent association with hospitalization.
Faculty member Kevin Michael OHara PA-C worked with colleagues at Pace University to author a review article titled An Introduction to Gastrointestinal Tract CMV Disease in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Cytomegalovirus is an important contributor to morbidity in immunocompromised patients.
Faculty members Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso PharmD and David Brissette PA-C attended an international conference on interprofessional education in Banff, Canada. Both faculty members delivered presentations based on their experience in the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience at Yale Medical School. In the photo, Rosana can be seen discussing her poster titled Fail Fast and Move On: Quality Improvement and Teamwork within Large Interprofessional Education Programs.