Date: Monday, June 7, 2021
Session Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Presentation Time: 8:00pm-8:10pm
*Purpose: The pillars of academic medicine are research, education and patient care. While transplant Advance Practice Providers (APPs) are primarily recruited for clinical roles, many are interested in the academic pursuits of education and research.
*Methods: Questions about APP research and teaching opportunities were included in the AST APP Practice survey, a 58-item electronic questionnaire. Questions were non-sequential, therefore, participants were not required to answer all questions. The survey was distributed via a link posted on the APP COP Hub, emailed to members of the AST APP community of practice and to ASTS APPs (n=307), and sent out on twitter. Recipients were encouraged to share the link with colleagues. We received 253 responses from 32 states and the District of Columbia, and represent all 11 UNOS regions.
*Results: 147 (58.8%) of APPs participate in academic or leadership activities at their institution: 105 (41.7%) have published abstracts, papers, editorials or book chapters, 84 (33.2%) have presented at regional or national meetings and 165 (65.2%) have attended a National transplant meeting (ATC, ASTS, CEOT). Notably, 189 (77.1%) of respondents would like to increase their participation in research, however, the biggest obstacles are lack of time (49%), lack of opportunity (32%), lack of experience (5%).
228 (90.8%) of APPs have the opportunity to teach in some capacity: 175 (69.1%) train physician trainees and 216 (86.4%) precept other APPs. 89 (35.1%). Respondents would like to teach or mentor at some level, whether to APP peers or physician trainees, however, the barriers to teaching are time (28%), opportunity (14%), lack of experience (10.5%) and unsupported activity by their institution (9%). Academic demographics of respondents are in table 1
*Conclusions: Because of their predominantly clinical role, APPs find similar barriers to research and teaching. As practitioners of evidence based medicine, transplant APPs are uniquely positioned to generate practice-based evidence. We encourage our physician colleagues and transplant teams to partner with APPs to cultivate a favorable atmosphere for clinical research and education.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Muth B, Krieger D, McCormick N, Siegfired M, Domingo H, Yoo J, Frank A, Paolini K, Mayfield A, McDade H, Borth A, Hoy H. Results of the Transplant Advance Practice Provider Survey: Opportunities for APPs to Contribute to Academic Pursuits [abstract]. Am J Transplant. 2021; 21 (suppl 3). https://atcmeetingabstracts.com/abstract/results-of-the-transplant-advance-practice-provider-survey-opportunities-for-apps-to-contribute-to-academic-pursuits/. Accessed September 16, 2021.
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