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Life Outside the Clinic: Predictors of PA Work-Life Balance

HOUSTON — Before starting her presentation on factors affecting physician associate’s (PA’s) work-life balance at the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) 2024 Conference & Expo in Houston, Mirela Bruza-Augatis, PhD, MS, PA-C, a researcher at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), took a moment to play “Get Back Up Again,” a song from the popular children’s movie Trolls.

“I realize the question on everybody’s mind is, ‘Work-life balance? What’s that?'” she said. “And that’s the song I think about when I consider work-life balance. Because I feel like we get down, but we get back up and do it all over again.”

Bruza-Augatis said that being able to get up and do it all over again each day requires finding a way to achieve the right work-life balance. While many studies have examined the relationship between clinician burnout and job satisfaction, there has been limited research on work-life balance in the PA community.

Bruza-Augatis and her colleagues at the NCCPA hope to identify factors that underlie a positive work-life balance so healthcare organizations can make more targeted improvements in the future. She presented the study results at a Research in Action session at this year’s AAPA conference…

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