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Nov. 23, 2004

Hegmann Receives APAP's Rising Star Faculty Award

The Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP) recently awarded Theresa Hegmann, assistant professor (clinical) in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, the Rising Star Faculty Award.

The newly developed award, which recognizes Hegmann's contributions to physician assistant education through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, was presented to Hegmann Nov. 6 at the APAP's fall education forum in Nashville, Tenn.

After a decade of clinical practice experience, Hegmann was appointed director of clinical education for the UI's nationally renowned physician assistant program in 2001. This year, she became the program's director of curriculum and evaluation.

Hegmann currently teaches a series of courses in evidence-based medicine to students enrolled in the 25-month master's program. She also teaches medical history and physical exam skills, and she assists in workshops teaching students basic hands-on skills such as suturing and casting.

In addition to teaching, Hegmann is involved in several administrative tasks, small research projects and clinical practice at a family clinic in West Liberty.

"I am proud of the improvements I was able to make in the clinical training portion of our program over the last three years. I'm mostly proud to watch our students learn the knowledge and skills they need and then move on to clinical practice," Hegmann said. "It's been an honor to be involved in that process."

The Rising Star Award was established by the APAP this year. As a recipient of the Rising Star Award, Hegmann received a $500 check and commemorative plaque.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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