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Birth of IAPAE

IAPAE was born out of a group of friends that had an idea to develop an academy that would bridge the gap of oceans and borders to develop the family of the physician assistant/ associate and all of the other titles globally that defines this wonderful profession.

In 2008, the International Forum for Physician Assistants Educators (IFPAE) was launched, by the founders; Professor Dana Sayre Stanhope, Professor David Fahringer, Professor Nick Ross and Dr Phil Begg.  Inspired by our conversations the previous year, we held our inaugural meeting in Savannah Georgia USA; the meeting was small yet representative of over 20 nations, all enthusiastic about the development of our academy. The format set the way in which our annual conference would develop year on year, that being stimulating keynote speakers, followed by round table discussions and also the opportunity for short papers to enable everyone who wanted to participate, to do so.

Think Tank

CHAIR: David Fahringer • david.fahringer@uky.edu

Board support from Somu Chatterjee

To create new products for IAPAE
Develop IAPAE’s Annual Program survey.  Time line: submit to the board by 2/4/19, send out to all programs by 3/1/19, run the data August 2018, and presentation at the 12th IAPAE conference.
First Tool Box: Faculty Development finished and posted on web site by June 1st
Second Tool Box: Curriculum Development finished and posted on the web site by August 1st.
Continue to work on Readiness and Monitoring product finished date February 2020


Chair: Susan Mururi • smururi@mku.ac.ke

Board support from Phil & Lumbani

Promote research of global impact and of international standard
To provide a paper for the IAPAE quarterly newsletter as a start point for the development of an IAPAE Journal
To review research abstracts for relevant for conference presentation, in an appropriate time line
Develop a full repository of all relevant peer reviewed articles related to the PA profession
Explore the potential sources of funding to support research

Communication & Repository

Chair: Sanele Ngcobo • sanele.ngcobo@up.ac.za

Board support from Sanele Ngcobo and Emily Wright

To reach the whole world, as many PAs and educators as possible
Promote & develop IAPAE website to be of professional standard
Market & Advertise IAPAE around globe
Promote all forms of communication from IAPAE to stakeholders
Create database of all PA, PA-like programmes globally

Faculty & Membership

Board support from David Lusale

Promote participation, collaboration and networking opportunities
Create comprehensive, functional membership database
Create marketing campaign on social media platforms
Create membership rates, benefits

Advocacy & Education

CHAIR: Eric Ondeiki • ericsondieki@gmail.com

Board support from Dana Sayre & Scott Smalley

Serve as the advocacy arm of IAPAE for promotion of best practices of education and training
Serve as a resource for teaching, learning and training of educational programmes
Promote process to develop a Universal Global, common term 
Develop standard international curriculum
Develop IAPAE International Accreditation Body
Develop IAPAE as able to provide CPD points, be a CPD Provider of structured/required CPD points 

Board of Directors

President – Scott Smalley; scott.smalley@wits.ac.za


Scott Smalley is the Head of Division of Clinical Associates under the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Faculty Member and Lecturer for the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Degree programme providing education, clinical coordination, and curriculum development to train students to be certified and registered as Clinical Associates, South Africa’s new healthcare professional. Scott has provided medical care and training as a Certified Physician Assistant in the US, as a Clinical Officer in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia and currently as a Registered Clinical Associate in South Africa. He is passionate about promoting the future development and training for all Physician Associate education programs through partnerships, collaboration and global communication.

Immediate Past President – David Lusale; davidlusale@gmail.com

David Lusale Nov 2018David Lusale is Director of Africa Network of Associate Clinicians and has held this position since 2010. He heads Chainama College of Health Sciences Campus in Kabwe – now integrated into Levy Mwanawasa Medical University.  He Lecturers in Reproductive Health, and has more than 15 years of experience as a Medical Licentiate Practitioner in general practice, including experience in obstetrics and gynaecology. David holds a Masters in International Health from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, BSc in Professional Health Studies from Teesside University (UK), Medical Licentiate qualification since 1993 and other postgraduate diplomas in health management systems. In Zambia, he has served on numerous professional bodies including the Health Professions Council of Zambia and Zambia Medical Licentiate Practitioners Association. At the global level, David has served as an expert member on the panel for the World Health Organization technical consultations on optimizing the delivery of key interventions to attain Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, and for the Network for Health (Netherlands), focusing on training. Over the past two decades, David has contributed to several local and international initiatives and meetings focused on health systems and reproductive health, including task shifting in medical care to associate clinicians.

Secretary – Lumbani Tshotetsi Lumbani.tshotetsi@up.ac.za

Lumbani for Board bioLumbani Tshotetsi is a Faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine at University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. She is a Lecturer and Coordinator for the Year 1 course in the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice degree. She serves on the executive board for the University of Pretoria BCMP programme where she lectures clinical associate students. She is a research coordinator for an international research project in TB under the Department of Microbiology and Family Medicine, University of Pretoria. She holds a MSC degree in Epidemiology from the University of Pretoria and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. As well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education and a Diploma in Clinical Medicine. She worked as a clinical officer in Malawian central and district hospitals for 12 years during which she coordinated reproductive health services and quality improvement programs at Mzuzu Central Hospital and attained a shield of excellency for quality reproductive health services for the hospital. In her capacity, she acted as Deputy District Health Officer for Mzimba North District where she supervised all clinical and other allied health care services. Her passion is in research and public health, student feedback and welfare as well as physician associates global visibility.

Treasurer: Dana Sayre-Stanhope; dlsayres2@gmail.com

dana_smallDana Sayre-Stanhope is one of the four founding Trustees of the IAPAE and is an accreditation and curriculum consultant to physician assistant programs in the US.  As a professor at Emory University School of Medicine, she directed the PA programme and its post-graduate offerings for the Physician Assistant Division.  Over the course of her career she has directed four graduate physician assistant programmes and founded two.  She has served as the Chair of the Accreditation Review Commission for PA (ARC-PA), as the President of the Physician Assistant Education Association, as the founding President and Chair of the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators and currently serves as the Treasurer.  She holds a Doctor of Education degree and is a graduate of the Child Health Associate-PA programme at the University of Colorado.

Director of Communications- Sanele Ngcobo; sanosanele@yahoo.com


Mr. Sanele Ngcobo was among the 1st group of Clinical Associates to graduate at University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa in 2011. He was than seconded by KwaZulu Natal Department of Health (KZN DOH) to work for University of Pretoria as a Junior Lecture for Clinical Associates students. He is also serving as a head of Academics for Professional Associate of Clinical Associate in South Africa (PACASA). Sanele is also a KZN Clinical Associate coordinator. He has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public health, a Masters in Public Health and currently completing his PhD at University of Pretoria.

Director at Large: UK/Europe – Phil Begg; philip.begg@nhs.net

Phil Begg Nov 2018Professor Phil Begg is one of the four original Founding Trustees of IAPAE. Phil has been a clinician for almost 40 years; his main clinical interest is audiological and vestibular medicine. He has a vibrant clinical practice in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom. He leads a research team currently working on a £1.5 million NIHR funded study developing a totally implantable cochlear implant, his research was recently featured in a BBC documentary ‘Surgeons at the edge of life’. He is a lifelong educator, and has held a variety of academic appointments including past Associate Dean at the University of Wolverhampton, where he developed the very first PA programme in the UK in 2004. He is proud to hold an academic position as full visiting professor at the University of Kentucky (USA), along with honorary positions at the Universities of Birmingham (UK) medical school and Brunel (UK) in medical robotics. Phil has been part of the small group of dedicated educators and practitioners that have led the development of the Physician Associate in the UK over the past 15 years. He is also an Executive Director at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham Europe’s largest single specialist hospital for orthopaedics and a national center for Orthopaedic oncology.  His PhD is in medical education and he has assisted international development of new PA programmes, he is currently working with colleagues in Switzerland to introduce the PA concept into the Swiss medical system. He is a past President of IAPAE and the UK & Ireland Board for PA Education.

Director at Large: USA/India by proxy – Somu Chatterjee; somu.chatterjee@uky.edu

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 3.59.08 PMDr. Chatterjee is faculty at the University of Kentucky (UK) Physician Assistant Studies Program. Prior to joining UK, he completed his medical education in India and Master’s degree in Public Health from West Virginia University. He worked as a regional infectious disease epidemiologist in West Virginia for many years, engaging with the local population to investigate various outbreaks with the state and CDC.
At the UKPAS program, he is the Senior Clinical Coordinator for the PA clinical experiences and oversees the clinical year administration. He is the course director for Family Medicine and Internal Medicine clerkships for the Physician Assistant students. He has mentored students for research, national presentations and publications. He has been a recipient of grants and has received University of Kentucky, College of Education’s “Teacher who made a difference” award nominated by PA students. Dr Chatterjee engages with PA educators around the world. He is an active member of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), American Medical Association (AMA) and American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Chatterjee’s primary interests include innovation in medical education, public health services research, epidemiology of clinical research, and innovative models of healthcare delivery for cost effectiveness and improved outcomes.

Director at Large: East Africa – Reuben Waswa; wasreuben@gmail.com

Reuben Waswa Nov 2018Reuben Waswa is currently the Managing Director of North Coast Medical Training College (NCMTC) in Kenya, a college dedicated to training primary healthcare workers using a community embedment strategy. He is also a founding trustee of Community Health Promotion Kenya, an organization that supports community healthcare projects, specifically healthcare training and community health related research. He originally trained as general Clinical Officer (1990) and later specialized in Anaesthesia (1996). He later trained in Multimedia in Education in Okinawa Japan (2001); Journalism – specializing in Development Communication (2009); and Mastered in Project Planning and Management (2011) (University of Nairobi). He has been a trainer of Clinical Officers in Kenya since 1994. He headed the department of Anaesthesia at the Kenya Medical Training College for five years; managed a project that introduced Skills lab Training Methodology in Kenya for 10 years, before joining hands with other Directors to start NCMTC.

Student Board Member – Emily Wright; emily.wright606430@tufts.edu

Wright.Emily.jpgEmily is a student at Tufts University School of Medicine obtaining a duel masters degree in public health and physician assistant studies with expected matriculation in 2020. Her area of interest is in utilizing Non-Physician clinicians as a tool for health systems strengthening in rural and underserved areas domestically within the United States and globally. After completing her undergrad at Hastings College in biochemistry and molecular biology, Emily served in the Peace Corps in the Community Health Improvement Program in the Luapula Province of Zambia.



IAPAE Conference 2014 , Presentation by Sanele Ngcobo, University of Pretoria.

IAPAE History

IAPAE is 7 years old!!


It is somewhat unbelievable that IAPAE has reached its 7th anniversary this year. Looking back to 8 years ago in Tucson, Arizona, where a group of friends met in the hotel bar at Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) annual meeting and talked about how can we develop an academy that would bridge the gap of oceans and borders to develop the family of the physician assistant/ associate and all of the other titles globally that defines this wonderful profession.

In 2008, the International Forum for Physician Assistants Educators (IFPAE) was launched, by the founders; Professor Dana Sayre Stanhope, Professor David Fahringer, Professor Nick Ross and Dr Phil Begg.  Inspired by our conversations the previous year, we held our inaugural meeting in Savannah Georgia USA; the meeting was small yet representative of over 20 nations, all enthusiastic about the development of our academy. The format set the way in which our annual conference would develop year on year, that being stimulating keynote speakers, followed by round table discussions and also the opportunity for short papers to enable everyone who wanted to participate, to do so.

2009 saw the conference move to the beautiful country of Ghana, where we were greeted by the Regional Health Minister in his official residence and were entertained with traditional Ghanaian dancing into the night. The conference itself heralded important changes, not least of all the name of the organisation changed to reflect a more inclusive ethos, and so IFPAE became the International Academy for Physician Associate Educators or IAPAE. The aims and objectives of the academy were set and an agreed concordat of what we wanted to achieve and most centrally to this was IAPAE becoming a repository for global information, education and research. IAPAE had also formally developed the articles of by laws, by which the organisation would be led and managed; these would be developed and presented for agreement at the following business meeting at the next annual conference. Again, the format ensured discussion and stimulation, we were also pleased to have students from the local college’s join us and we also attended the colourful graduation of the students from the Kintampo Rural Health College in Kintampo, which is to be found at the centre of the universe.

2010, Brought the conference to the picturesque location of Mar Hall in Renfrewshire Glasgow Scotland, set at the edge of the river Clyde and close to the historic second city of Scotland, we were greeted by the Lord Provost of Renfrewshire and entertained by the sound of bagpipes on a beautiful late summers evening by the Clyde and in the luxury setting of the ancestral home of the Earl of Mar. The conference was launched by excellent key note speakers that help the formation of a discussion around the development of work streams and nominated leads to help facilitate these. Professor Bill Stanhope set out the challenges of the future set within the context of learning from the past both in successes and failures, a challenge that remains for the development globally of the role. The business meeting announced the formation of the Executive Board Structure, after much debate, and the timeline for implementation by the next annual conference in Montreal Canada. The By-laws and management arrangements were also agreed by the membership and adopted formally into the IAPAE constitution.

In 2011, the conference moved to the vibrant city of Montreal Canada, where we were once again inspired by some excellent keynote speakers and the challenge of how we embark on developing reusable learning objects, to shape the development of global standards in healthcare quality, through sound educational learning of our students. Canada, did a wonderful job, in welcoming delegates from many countries and ensured the debate and learning continued to grow. For IAPAE, Canada was a significant turning point; the first elected Executive board was announced under the Presidency of Dr Emanuel Teye Adjase (Ghana). The Executive board consists of Vice-president Daphne Cohen (Netherlands), Mike Dryer, Treasurer (USA), Nadia Miniclier Secretary (USA) and Karen Mulitalo Director at Large (USA). The Board is supported and challenged by the Founding Board of Trustees, who have the role of ensuring the values, vision and objectives of IAPAE are maintained. The Board of Trustees are Professor Dana Sayre Stanhope, Chair (USA), Professor Philip A Begg, Vice Chair (UK), Professor Nick Ross (UK) and Professor David Fahringer (USA). This was a very exciting meeting and the organisation had now moved towards a new chapter in its history and new governance arrangements, with a Board and responsibility and accountability to the membership.

So, on to 2012 and Johannesburg South Africa. The conference was hosted at the University of Witwatersrand and had extraordinary representation from many sub-Saharan African countries and an unprecedented number of short papers submissions. The perspective of the conference crossed borders and continents; there were the challenges of the rural healthcare needs of Africa, the contribution to achieving the millennium goals set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the development of a specialist PA Midwife role in the Netherlands. The presentations were extraordinary, the conversation inspiring and the commitment to work together greater. South Africa did IAPAE proud; we also have to extend a huge thank you to the American International Health Alliance (AIHA), who supported this conference with travel help and organisational skills. There were exciting opportunities to visit some of the local healthcare providers, local traditional villages, the delights of Johannesburg’s Mandela Square and its wonderful restaurants and the opportunity for Safari.

Another significant change in 2012 was the announcement that Professor Nick Ross, would be standing down as a Founding Trustee to take on a new role, in fulltime ministry in the Church of England. Nick has been a wonderful leader, friend and colleague who has made a huge contribution to the organisation from the very beginning. The entire board and membership will miss his wise judgement and council, his sense of humour and of course we will always remember the dancing in Sunyani, Ghana. We will, have an opportunity to formally honour Nick as he makes a keynote speech at the 6th annual conference. Nick is a scholar and a gentleman and we will miss him sincerely, but know he will be fulfilling another calling in his life.

So this year will celebrate 5 years of a wonderful journey, in Birmingham England at one of Europe’s largest hospitals. It has been the most extraordinary journey, with equally extraordinary people from all over the world making a huge contribution of time and effort to develop the goal set out in the desert of Arizona in 2007. IAPAE has gone a long way towards the development of a truly international family, with shared values and vision, shared belief that the role of the non-physician medical provider makes a significant difference to people at their most venerable in cities, towns, and villages; urban or rural, all over the globe. We hope this year, you will be able to join us in England to celebrate our 5th anniversary and help us to make a difference as we stride on to the next 5 years.
Professor Philip A Begg on behalf of the Board.

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