Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Research Publishing Award at the association’s annual convention this week in San Francisco. He teaches in the school’s physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs.
The awards confer special recognition on physician assistants who demonstrated exemplary service to the profession through their unparalleled service to patients and their communities. Each year, the association honors a member who published an exceptional research article. Kayingo published “Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Physician Assistant Education: Preparing the PA Student for the Practice of the Future” in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education earlier this year. As part of a three-year, national, cross-sectional study, Kayingo collaborated with two other physician assistant professors to investigate to what extent physician assistant students are exposed to patient-centered medical homes during the didactic and clinical phases of their education. The study also investigated how this exposure may impact interest of students in primary care careers.
“As health care evolves and the opportunities for physician assistants expand, we must ensure they receive the necessary skills and knowledge during their education, so they can make a lasting impact once they begin practice,” Kayingo said. “I am honored to be recognized by AAPA and hope that my work, and that of my colleagues, enables the next generation of physician assistants to lead as members of health care teams and grow the quality of health care every individual and family receives.”
According to the association, the recipient’s article should provide practical application to the physician assistant profession and practice, whether clinical, professional or educational and enhance the knowledge base of the profession. In December, Kayingo was awarded the Jack Cole Society Award from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program for his significant contribution in support of the physician associate profession. He also serves on the AAPA’s Commission on the Health of the Public, which plays a crucial role in advancing AAPA’s mission and strategic plan.
Kayingo’s research interests relate to health systems research, specifically patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, quality and safety, health care education, as well as advancing rural and global health with mobile technologies. His clinical interests are infectious diseases and metabolic syndrome in primary care settings. Prior to his UC Davis appointment in 2014, he was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and practiced at the Yale New Haven Hospital Primary Care Center in Connecticut.
For an in-depth look at Kayingo’s educational philosophy and contribution to the faculty at the School of Nursing, visit https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nursing/Leadership/portraits_of_health/images/health_leadership_kayingo.pdf.