Eric Tetzlaff Receives 2018 Publishing Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Eric Tetzlaff, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

PHILADELPHIA  (May 7, 2018) – Eric Tetzlaff, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, a physician assistant at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has received the AAPA 2018 Publishing Award. His paper, “National Study of Burnout and Career Satisfaction among Physician Assistants in Oncology: Implications for Team-Based Care,” appears in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

Tetzlaff’s paper examines factors that increase the risk of burnout in oncology PAs and offers new perspectives that may help PAs and the organizations in which they practice. He and his team conducted a national survey of PAs who specialize in oncology, asking about their personal and professional lives, and specifically their feelings about their wellness and work-life balance. He found that about a third of those who responded to his survey had experienced burnout.

The study identified poor relationships with a collaborating physician and an imbalance of time spent doing administrative work rather than caring for patients, as major contributors to burnout.

“Now that we have the data, we can begin to truly address the issue of burnout. The support of the AAPA is vital in spreading the word about this rising concern,” said Tetzlaff.”  

The AAPA is the premier national society for PAs. Its Publishing Award recognizes a new clinical or research article that has contributed to the advancement of the PA profession. Tetzlaff will receive the award at a formal presentation during the AAPA annual conference May 19-23.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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