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March 9, 2004

Dehn Receives APAP Research Achievement Award

Richard Dehn, professor (clinical) and associate director of the Physician Assistant Program in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is the recipient of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP) 2003 Research Achievement Award.

The award, based on research and scholarly work as it relates to physician assistant (PA) education, is presented annually at the APAP Educational Forum to an individual who has demonstrated a distinguished record of scholarly contributions of importance to PA educators over many years. Dehn was awarded an honorarium and a sculpture piece in addition to receiving the recognition of his peers at the APAP Educational Forum in Phoenix, Ariz.

Dehn was recognized for having provided more than 25 presentations at APAP and American Academy of Physician Assistant annual meetings; published more than 50 articles in the journal Clinical Advisor as well as several editorials in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) on PA education and practice; edited the Primary Care Review for Physician Assistants: Companion Handbook; and co-edited the 2001 publication of Clinical Procedures for Physician Assistants.

A certified physician assistant, Dehn has authored 12 chapters in Primary Care Review for Physician Assistants in both the 1998 and 2000 editions of this important resource for PA practice. He is a member of the editorial board of Perspectives on Physician Assistant Education where he also serves as the Technology in Physician Assistant Education feature editor. He is an editorial board member for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA), and he served on the recertification board for Physician Assistant Journal until it ceased publication in 2003.

In 2001 Dehn received the AAPA Publishing Award (PAragon Award, first place) for the best PA-authored publication in 2000. He served as the APAP Research and Review Committee chair for 2000-2003, and is currently the APAP Research Institute chair.

Dehn has mentored numerous students in the completion of their independent master's research projects and several others who won recognition in the APAP Student Writing Competition. Six of his students successfully authored papers that were subsequently published in JAAPA.

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