Iowa's PA of the Year

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Iowa Physician Assistant Society named Theresa Hegmann as PA of the Year for 2013.  Theresa has been an actively practicing PA for 22 years.  Her primary role for the past 12 years is as a faculty member at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine's Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Services where she is a professor and Director of the Didactic Curriculum.  Her accomplishments are many and are diverse.  She has devoted most of her time in clinical practice to rural and underserved areas, including a remote clinic in the mountains of California and several different underserved populations in Iowa, one of which was predominately of Hispanic population.  She currently works in urgent care in the greater Iowa City and Muscatine area.  Theresa has received 6 grants for her scholarly work and has had over 20 publications to date, including review articles, journal articles, and posters.

Theresa has received multiple awards, including the Rising Star Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).  She served the PA profession by serving on the state PA regulatory board as a member and then as the chair of the board.  She has served on PAEA's research committee and data research sub-committee.  She has been an editor for JAAPA and the Journal of Physician Assistant Education and has participated in multiple review panels.  She has been a strong advocate for PA legislation in the state of Iowa and has written, emailed, and spoken to many of her legislators to present the issue at hand and has been a role model for many PA students.

Theresa provides leadership and service in every aspect of the PA profession.  Congratulations, Theresa!