TAPA presents 2018 Awards of Excellence

Each year, TAPA recognizes the best and the brightest in its annual awards program. These individuals typically excel in their respective fields and display an outstanding commitment to the PA profession and TAPA. This year, TAPA was pleased to recognize the PA Student of the Year, Preceptor of the Year and PA of the Year during the Annual Awards Breakfast and Membership Meeting held in conjunction with FallFest.

Student of the Year – Elizabeth Capelle, PA-S was honored as TAPA’s 2018 PA Student of the Year. An exemplary student at Bethel University, she has been an active student member of TAPA, including participating in TAPA’s 2018 Day on the Hill. She volunteers her time with Avalon Hospice, conducting sports physicals, and giving preventative medicine presentations to high school students. She worked as a patient care associate and a medical assistant prior to entering PA school.

Preceptor of the Year – Jeanie Dassow, MD was named TAPA’s 2018 Preceptor of the Year. Dr. Dassow has more than 28 years of experience in the field of medicine, specializing in obstetrics/gynecology. She is a distinguished clinician educator within the University of Tennessee system, teaching students across all disciplines. She has precepted PA students for the past five years and has shown a commitment to the education of those students. She is intentional with her time, her words, and her clinical expertise and is a true physician champion for the PA profession.

PA of the Year – Jennifer Light, PA-C was honored as TAPA’s PA of the Year. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and graduated from South College PA program in 2011. She has practiced in family medicine and pediatrics and is an adjust professor at South College.  She has been an active member of TAPA since 2010, and has served as the South College student representative to TAPA’s Board of Directors. She serves on TAPA’s CME Committee, and is the current secretary for the TAPA Board of Directors, having previously served as treasurer. She volunteers with Rural Medical Services, Cherokee Health Systems, Remote Area Medical, and Music City Marathon.

Congratulations to all of TAPA’s award recipients!

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