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Iowa City IA 52242
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Conference offers continuing education for physician assistants

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Physician assistants (PAs) can hear the latest information on a variety of health care topics at an upcoming conference featuring presentations by University of Iowa faculty members.

The 23rd annual Iowa Physician Assistant Society (IPAS) Fall Continuing Education Conference will be Oct. 8-10 at the Iowa City Holiday Inn. The event features lectures, hands-on workshops and special events that highlight areas of interest to practicing clinicians.

Elizabeth Coyte, an Iowa PA recently elected president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, will present the conference's keynote address at an awards banquet Oct. 8.

PAs, physicians, nurses, students and others are invited to attend the conference. Participants may be eligible for continuing education credits in their respective fields.

Presentations by UI faculty members and other experts will address diagnosis, treatment and long-term effects of many common health problems. Obesity, menopause, depression, Alzheimer's disease, eating disorders and injuries are just a few of the topics to be covered.

PAs provide much-needed support for physicians and have a growing role in the changing health care system. They are often the first to see patients in all types of health care settings, taking medical histories, performing physical examinations and ordering tests. PAs take an active part in both medical treatment and preventive care.

For more information on the conference, contact Gina Glass, chairwoman of the IPAS Continuing Medical Education Committee, at (319) 353-8868.

9/24/97