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Asprey named interim head of UI physician assistant program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Asprey has been named interim director of the University of Iowa's well-respected physician assistant (PA) program, one of the premier health professions education programs in the UI College of Medicine.

Asprey's appointment became effective July 1; he succeeds Dr. Denis Oliver, who has retired. Asprey had been associate director of the program since 1990. He received a bachelor's degree from the UI PA program in 1987.

The program consistently ranks at the very top of its peer group in national surveys, and its graduates are extremely successful in completing their certifying exams. In the coming year, the program will undergo collegiate review and a national search for a permanent director will begin.

PAs are often the first to see patients in the changing health care system, taking medical histories, performing physical examinations and ordering tests. They are an important source of support for physicians.

Asprey is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education from the UI College of Education. In addition to his degree from the PA program, he received a bachelor's degree in biology from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1984 and a master's degree in instructional design and technology from the UI College of Education in 1993.

He has been employed at the UI since 1987, first as a physician assistant in the UI Hospitals and Clinics department of pediatric cardiology, where he currently works on a part-time basis, then in the UIHC Emergency Treatment Center.

Asprey is a member of the Association of Physician Assistants Programs Education Committee and is a fellow in the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

7/8/97