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Release: Nov. 10, 2000
Asprey named president-elect of national physician assistant organization
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Asprey, Ph.D., associate professor and director
of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program, was named president-elect
of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP) at the Annual APAP
Education Forum, held in Washington, D.C. Oct. 25-29.
He will serve a three-year term on the seven-person APAP board of directors,
one year each as president elect, president and past president. The president
serves as the association's CEO during his/her presidential year and represents
the organization to outside groups and new constituencies.
The APAP, established in 1972, is the sole national organization representing
physician assistant (PA) educational programs in the United States. Its mission
is to assist educational programs in the instruction of highly educated PAs
in numbers adequate to meet society's needs. The association offers an array
of services for PA programs, faculty, students and the general public aimed
at fulfilling this mission. Currently the association represents 126 accredited
PA programs from around the country; all accredited PA programs have elected
to join APAP.
Asprey also was named PA of the Year for 2000 by the Iowa Physician Assistant
Society at its annual general membership meeting Oct. 25 in Cedar Rapids.
This award has been given annually since 1988 to an Iowa PA who has furthered
the image of PAs and has demonstrated exemplary service to the PA profession
and his/her community.
Asprey has served as the program's director of clinical education, and he
held the assistant, associate and interim director positions before being
named director of the program in November 1998. His clinical experience includes
his practice at the UI Hospitals and Clinics department of pediatrics, Division
of Pediatric Cardiology. Asprey earned his bachelor of science degree from
the PA Program at the UI in 1987.
The PA Program at the UI is considered one of the nation's best. It consistently
ranks near the top of its peer group in national surveys, and its graduates
score high on the certifying exams.