I am absolutely thrilled to announce that one of our authors, the inimitable and brilliant James F. (Jim) Cawley, MPH, PA-C, will receive the 2011 Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award of Achievement from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) at its annual conference in June.
Jim is being recognized for the "groundbreaking research he has done on PAs, which has advanced the PA profession and helped increase access to primary care through the use of PAs." Named after the late Gene Stead, founder of the PA profession, the Stead Award is given to an individual for "lifetime work that has a broad and significant impact on the PA profession as a whole."
Co-author of our book Physician Assistant: Policy and Practice, Jim has published extensively on primary care and health workforce policy. His early, and timely, papers about the budding profession helped policy makers recognize PAs as potential contributors to effective and efficient healthcare delivery. He has played a pivotal role in moving the PA profession forward through his work as a certified practitioner, educator, scholar, and leader. He is founder and director of The George Washington University's joint Physician Assistant-MPH program, the first of its type in the nation. The program trains individuals for careers that bridge clinical practice and prevention.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and a former president of the PA Foundation and the Physician Assistant Education Association. He served for five years on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, including on its Executive Committee. He is past member and vice chair of the federal Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, and a member of AAPA's Professional Education and Development Council and its Research Steering Committee.
Currently, Jim is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He is also a professor in the Department of Health Care Sciences in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
A PA for 35 years, Jim is a 1974 graduate of the Touro College PA program and holds an MPH degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
On behalf of all of us at F.A. Davis, I extend to Jim our heartiest congratulations on this signal honor so much deserved.
(And no, Jim, you can't add 200 pages to the next edition!)