Research Track

Research leaders or primary investigators (PI) may lead and manage a research team, secure new research grants, publish, respond to institutional issues and agendas, and/or maintain and develop their own research expertise.

See the resources from CHLM and its partners and explore Career Spotlights to learn how other PAs and NPs have been successful in this career track.

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  • Target Audience: PAs and NPs
  • Career Stage: Early to Advanced
  • Time Commitment: 1-3 years (depending on graduate program)
  • Content Delivery: Online
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  • Target Audience: PAs and NPs, Managers of PAs and NPs
  • Career Stage: Early to Advanced
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour per course
  • Content Delivery: Online

Career Spotlight

Trenton Honda, PhD, MMS, PA-C

Trenton Honda, PhD, MMS, PA-C

University of Utah School of Medicine, Division Chief, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine

University of Utah School of Medicine, Division Chief, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine
“Leading research has a great deal in common with program leadership. Both require that you compose a team of heterogeneous expertise, inspire this team towards completion of a common goal, and foster the development of new and enhanced skill sets in those with whom you work. To this end, I find that fostering high-quality research in the context of PA academia is, in the context of a team with the requisite expertise, a natural extension of strong programmatic and administrative leadership.”

  • Research focus: identifying and quantifying risk factors of cardiovascular disease, particularly as it pertains to environmental exposure to air pollution. Original research published in national and international journals – sample:

Honda, T., Pun, V., Manjourides, J., Suh, H. Anemia Prevalence and Hemoglobin Levels are Associated with Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution in an Older Population. Environment International (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2017.01.017

  • Authored and co-authored book chapters and research grant applications
  • Presenter at national and international conferences
  • Peer Reviewer for numerous research and professional journals including the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Quality, The Lancet: Planetary Health, Hypertension, and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Serves on numerous department, college, and university level committees and is active on committees within his professional associations including as a Member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) PACKRAT Standardized Medical Examination committee and serving as an Accreditation Site Visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).