Practice characteristics and lifestyle choices of men and women physician assistants and the relationship to career satisfaction

Carol A. Biscardi, John Mitchell, Susan Simpkins, Genevieve Pinto Zipp

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With 60% of practicing physician assistants (PAs) being women, it is critical to identify any gender-related differences in career satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to identify practice characteristics and lifestyle choices of men and women practicing PAs, determine any genderrelated differences, and identify whether a relationship exists between gender and career satisfaction. This descriptive study used a survey addressing career satisfaction, lifestyle choices, professional practice characteristics, and gender concerns. Randomly selected PAs completed an online survey. Nonparametric testing was used to analyze the data. Analyses included 85 men and 97 women respondents. More men (82.4%) than women (59.8%) were married; a significant association between gender and domestic status was found (p=0.009). The way that men rated career satisfaction was not significantly different than the way women did (p=0.47). Sixty-five percent of men and women completely agreed that they are satisfied with their career. Eighty-three percent of men and women PAs believed that they can balance their personal and professional responsibilities. While the sample was small, it does represent the demographics of PAs currently in practice and thus supports the assumption that the PA profession affords the ability to balance responsibilities and promotes career satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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