Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA-C, is the recipient of the 2014 Article of the Year Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The award, presented at PAEA’s Education Forum in Philadelphia on Friday, recognizes a single, peer-reviewed publication authored by a PA educator relating to the training and educational direction of future generations of PAs.
Everett received the award for the article titled “Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Perform Effective Roles on Teams Caring for Medicare Patients with Diabetes,” which was published in the November 2013 issue of the journal Health Affairs.
The article characterized how PAs and nurse practitioners (NPs) perform on teams with physicians. Everett used a ground-breaking research approach in the study — she compared data from Medicare claims to electronic health records.
The project took six years to complete, and Everett rewrote the article 84 times. “I still think it could be improved,” she said.
Others may disagree. “Dr. Everett’s innovation has broad applicability beyond the profession of PAs and NPs,” wrote Perri Morgan and Justine Strand de Oliveira in their nomination letter. “The influence of this article will resonate in future research over many years to come.”
As evidence of the significant implications of Everett’s work, the Veteran’s Administration recently funded a $1.1 million grant to further develop research that evaluates roles based on her methodology.
Additional award for Duke PA Program
Also at the Education Forum last week, the Duke Physician Assistant Program was awarded the PAEA’s Excellence Through Diversity Award. Pat Dieter, division chief, and Lovest Alexander, director of diversity and inclusion, accepted the award on behalf of the program.