Gerald Kayingo, an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He earned this national recognition due to his outstanding contributions to the profession during his years as a physician assistant (P.A.). He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the community.
“I am so glad to get this external reaffirmation that the things I am passionate about matter. I am also very thankful for my mentors who have guided me over the years,” Kayingo said. “I am inspired and empowered to do more. My passion for excellence in education, scholarship and community engagement is paying off.”
Kayingo joined UC Davis in 2014 and served as physician assistant program director. In addition to his love for teaching and patient care, Kayingo is an outstanding scholar in in various areas including health systems research, specifically patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, quality and safety, health care education, workforce studies as well as advancing rural and global health with mobile technologies. His clinical interests are in primary care settings.
Nationally, Kayingo served as a member of the Physician Assistant Board of Directors, trustee of the Physician Assistant Foundation, associate editor of BMC Health Services Research, a member of the editorial boards for Clinician Reviews and the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. He served as a member of both the Commission on the Health of the Public and the national health disparities working group for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
“I am incredibly proud of Gerald for this recognition, as well as his dedication to improving the quality of our students’ clinical education experiences,” said Jeff Pearl, physician assistant program director. “His dedication to professional achievement, leadership, learning and community service make him an excellent role model.”
In 2014, Kayingo was inducted into the prestigious Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of several awards, including the 2017 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Research Achievement award, 2016 AAPA Student Academy mentor award, the 2015 AAPA Research Publishing Award and the 2014 Jack Cole Society Award at Yale. Prior to UC Davis, 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.
Kayingo is co-editor of Health Professions Educator: A Practical Guide for New and Established Faculty. His work has been published in several peer reviewed journals including Nature Genetics, Family Medicine, Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine, Microbiology (UK), Journal of Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology, Trends in Microbiology, FEMS Yeast Research, Archives of Microbiology, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, Yeast, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Journal of Interprofessional Care, International Journal of Medical Education, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, Journal of Physician Assistant Education and Annals of Global Health.
The Distinguished Fellow program was established by AAPA in 2007 in order to recognize the exceptional contributions of P.A.s to the profession through professional achievement, leadership, professional interaction, learning and community service. Distinguished Fellows of AAPA represent only 2% of the entire AAPA membership. Felix Emond, Jr., an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, and David S. Grega, an assistant clinical professor, share the honor with Kayingo.
“Students benefit from unique role modelling opportunities when they are surrounded by distinguished faculty,” Kayingo added. “It is part of the invisible curriculum with valuable lessons on how to transition from the classroom to the real world and be a lifelong learning professional.”
Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and write prescriptions. Physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical-decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A physician assistant’s practice may also include education, research and administrative services.
About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis transforms health care through interprofessional nursing education and research. Established in 2009 through a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school offers five graduate areas of study, including doctoral and master’s-degree programs in nursing science and health-care leadership and master’s-degree programs for pre-licensure nurses, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.