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Asprey named permanent director of UI Physician Assistant Program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Asprey recently was named director of the University
of Iowa Physician Assistant (PA) Program, effective Oct. 8. The PA program
is one of the health professions education programs in the UI College of
Asprey earned a bachelor's of arts degree in biology in 1984 from Bethel
College in St. Paul, Minn., and received a bachelor's of science degree
in 1987 from the UI PA program. In 1993 he completed a master's degree
in instructional design and technology from the UI College of Education.
Asprey is in the final stage of completing a doctorate in higher education
at the UI.
Asprey had served as the program's interim director since July 1997.
In addition, he has previous experience in PA education as the program's
director of clinical education, assistant director and associate director.
Asprey's clinical experience as a PA includes his practice at the UI Hospitals
and Clinics' department of pediatrics, division of pediatric cardiology.
PAs are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician
supervision. They must graduate from an accredited PA educational program
and/or receive certification from the National Commission on Certification
of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Within the physician/PA relationship,
PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range
of diagnostic and therapeutic services. They take medical histories, perform
physical examinations and order tests. PAs often may serve as health care
providers in smaller or rural communities that do not have physicians.
The UI PA Program at the UI is viewed as one of the nation's best. It
ranks near the top of its peer group in national surveys and its graduates
consistently score very high on their certifying exams. Since the program's
inception, the pass rate for UI graduates on the exam is 99 percent as
compared to a national average of 84 percent during the same time period.
Performance reports released last January by the NCCPA, which administers
the exam, placed the UI program between the 96th and 100th percentile compared
to all other PA programs in the United States.