Here we go, Wake Forest University fires the first shot. Found this over on the forums.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Applications are invited for the position of chair of the Department of PA Studies at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The chair has overall responsibility for all activities of the department and reports directly to the dean of the School of Medicine.
The Department of PA Studies was one of the first PA programs in the country. It is a pioneer in the use of problem-based learning (PBL) and had over 700 applicants for the 56 positions available in the class starting in 2009. Wake Forest will be the first institution in the country to offer a combined Master of Medical Science (MMS) and PhD program, pending final approval by the University’s Board of Trustees.
The successful candidate will have an established record of leadership in PA education (including exposure to PBL) and extensive administrative experience. A doctoral degree (or one in progress) and research experience are highly desirable. We seek a leader who is well grounded in all aspects of PA education and who also has a vision for the continued growth and development of the field.
To apply, send a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to
Burton V. Reifler MD, MPH
Chair of the Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
So, it sounds like an entry level PhD program for PA's....Which is groundbreaking, this has the potential to really, and dynamically affect PA education, although not necessarily for the better. The proof is in the details, and still remains to be seen.