Ruth Ballweg, co-author of The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants recently received the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 40th Annual PA Conference, IMPACT 2012, in Toronto, Ontario. Named for the founder of the Physician Assistant (PA) profession, the Stead Award recognizes a lifetime of achievement and is the profession’s highest honor.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants acknowledged Ballweg both for her commitment to advancing the PA profession worldwide and her dedication to creating paths to the PA profession for military servicemen and women.
“It is wonderful to be acknowledged for the many dimensions of my PA career. Early on, Dr. Richard Smith taught me that one of the benefits of being an educator—and also a policy maker—is the opportunity to 'multiply our hands' as we impact the
lives of our students and mentees," said Ballweg. “I feel privileged to have had that opportunity, and I challenge all of us continue to promote the PA profession as a strategy for social change.”
The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants is a helpful guide for clinical preceptors of physician assistant (PA) students during their educational program and for physicians who supervise PAs in their practice. This indispensable resource addresses current practice as well as future projections. It provides guidance for new styles of supervision in evolving health care systems, including distance supervision, supervision in teams, and patterns of supervision in home care and geriatrics. The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants provides both physicians and physician assistants with the information and skills needed to be an excellent preceptor for students and a supervising clinician for graduate PAs. For more information, visit: http://go.jblearning.com/PApreceptor.