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Physician Assistant: Journals

Physician Assistant: Journals

A scholarly journal is a periodical that contains articles written by experts in a particular field of study and reports the results of research in that field. The articles are intended to be read by other experts or students of the field.

This page shows journals that the library recommends for PA students, as well as links to the library's journal catalog.


Search and Browse Journals

Research Consultations

If you would like to request a research consultation, please contact your librarian at

In addition to electronic and print resources provided by the library, medical librarians are happy to speak with students for additional assistance.

Research consultations may include instruction on database searching, literature searches, article downloads, web searching, and more. Your librarian is here to help with any information needs you have related to research, writing, and publishing! Consultations are typically scheduled one-on-one, but larger groups are always welcome.

Literature Searches are recommended for faculty, staff, students, and residents who are performing research on a topic and need help finding existing literature. After speaking to your librarian, she will perform a literature search and send you results to review.

Selected Journals

The Lancet

The Lancet began as an independent, international weekly general medical journal founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley. Since its first issue (Oct 5, 1823), the journal has strived to make science widely available so that medicine can serve and transform society, and positively impact the lives of people. Over the past two centuries, The Lancet has sought to address urgent topics in our society, initiate debate, put science into context, and influence decision makers around the world. 

Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA, published continuously since 1883, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal. JAMA is the most widely circulated general medical journal in the world, seeking to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.

Journal of Physician Assistant Education

​Journal of Physician Assistant Education is dedicated to advancing physician assistant (PA) education by publishing ethically produced, scholarly manuscripts germane to PA educators and by providing a forum for the sharing of ideas and innovations that will enhance the education of PA students.

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of PAs is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 150,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services.

The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is recognized as the world’s leading medical journal and website. Published continuously for over 200 years, NEJM delivers high-quality, peer-reviewed research and interactive clinical content to physicians, educators, researchers, and the global medical community.

The American Journal of Medicine

The American Journal of Medicine - "The Green Journal" - publishes original clinical research of interest to physicians in internal medicine, both in academia and community-based practice. AJM is the official journal of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. Each issue carries useful reviews as well as seminal articles of immediate interest to the practicing physician, including peer-reviewed, original scientific studies that have direct clinical significance and position papers on health care issues, medical education, and public policy.

Academic Medicine

Academic Medicine is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The journal serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and strategies to address the major challenges facing the academic medicine community as it strives to carry out its missions in the public interest. The journal's areas of focus include: education and training issues; health and science policy; institutional policy, management, and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings.