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Release:  Oct. 7, 1999

Annual PA conference offers timely health care information

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Physician assistants (PAs) will learn the latest information on an assortment of health care topics at an upcoming annual conference.

The Iowa Physician Assistant Society (IPAS) will hold its 25th annual Fall Continuing Medical Education Conference from Oct. 25-27 at the Collins Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Cedar Rapids. The event will feature lectures and workshops given by University of Iowa faculty and other presenters.

In addition to the scheduled presentations, special events have been planned. The IPAS Awards Banquet Luncheon on Oct. 25 will honor select members and feature Rex Montgomery, Ph.D., UI professor of biochemistry and original director of the UI Physician Assistant Program, as the keynote speaker. The conference will also host a 25th anniversary reception for the UI Physician Assistant Program. The first physician assistant class graduated from the program in 1974.

PAs, physicians, nurses and students are invited to attend the conference. Lectures and workshops will be offered on methods of examination, diagnosis and treatment. Topics will include hepatitis, breast cancer, chest pain, men's health, sports injuries, obesity, sexual dysfunction and patient education.

PAs serve a growing role in the health care community by supporting physicians and performing multiple tasks for the patients. They take medical histories, order and interpret laboratory tests, initiate treatment, and in many states, make prescriptions.

More information on the conference is available from Gina Glass, IPAS Continuing Medical Education Conference chairperson. She can be reached at (319) 353-8868 or