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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.