WAUKESHA, WIS.— With the launch of the Affordable Care Act, the demand for primary care providers will increase over the next few years. The physician assistant profession has a key role in easing the shortage and providing access to care for patients – especially those from diverse populations. At this crucial time of growth and change, a Carroll University professor was chosen to lead a prestigious national committee.
The Physician Assistant Education Association has selected Christina Robohm, clinical professor and director of Carroll’s Physician Assistant Studies program, to chair the Admission and Recruitment Council. Her first term is effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016, with eligibility for a second term.
This group was formerly known as the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Admission Committee. Robohm was appointed to serve a two-year term beginning in 2013.
“I have loved working with this council over the last year and look forward to leading a very talented group of individuals who share my passion in PA admission,” Robohm said. “We are at an exciting time for innovation. With significant changes in health care and PA education, this council must meet the challenges head on.”
The Admission and Recruitment Council is a resource for PA programs and provides oversight, maintenance and enhancement of the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants. The committee will continue to ensure excellence and growth of the CASPA service, provide members with best practices in admission and address evolving issues related to the profession pipeline.
As council chair, Robohm will engage with colleagues from around the country to discuss complex ideas and learn from numerous perspectives and experiences. “These insights will not only influence my work on the council, but will allow Carroll’s program to better develop strategies and processes that will sustain a strong and diverse applicant pool with direct implications on the physician assistants we graduate,” Robohm said.
Carroll University has offered the two-year Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program since summer 2011. A comprehensive cultural competency curriculum is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Carroll’s first class of 19 students completed their degrees in May 2013, and all passed the certifying exam. The program recently received Accreditation-Continued status from the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants through September 2020.