A Long and Winding Road

The History of IAPAE through a Timeline of IAPAE Conferences
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

A Good old country song!

I’ve often said the story of IAPAE sounds like the start of an old country song “It started in a bar in Tucson Arizona”.  The truth is it did. In 2007 …


August 18


The Beginning 2008

The Founding Board of Dana Sayre-Stanhope, Nick Ross, David Fahringer and I, Phil Begg, launched the organisation in an invitation only meeting, bringing together representatives from 14 countries around a …


August 18


Out of Africa 2009

In 2009 we were honoured and privileged to hold our 2nd conference in Sunyani, Ghana. To say we received a warm welcome in Ghana would be an understatement; from the …


August 18

Mar Hall, in Renfrewshire Scotland

Bonnie Scotland 2010

The grandeur of the mountains, the beauty of the rivers and valleys, welcomed IAPAE to the stunning Mar Hall, in Renfrewshire Scotland. The ancestral home of the Earl of Mar …


August 18

Montreal, Canada

Oh Canada 2011

In 2011 the conference followed the PAEA conference in the USA on to Montreal Canada at the beginning of a very cold November, the conference moved to the vibrant city …


August 18

The University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa Jo’burg 2012

So, onto our next visit to Africa, and to South Africa, Johannesburg. This conference was hosted by the University of Witwatersrand. The biggest conference yet, with over 70 delegates and speakers …


August 18

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Birmingham UK 2013

Europe and the UK’s second city Birmingham was the venue of 2013. With more canals than Venice and the city with the greatest number of tree in Europe, Birmingham was …


October 11

Arcadia University campus

Philly USA 2014

Arcadia University in Philadelphia USA welcomed the Board of IAPAE and the gathered delegates. The Provost said “they were honoured that you have chosen to come to our University for …


April 02

Pretoria city, South Africa

South Africa Pretoria 2015

Conference Theme: “The Maturing of the Physician Associate: Educational Training & Faculty Development” Panel Discussion of a Unifying term for the profession: “Accelerated Medically Trained Clinician”, brought a significant range of …


April 02

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham

‘B2B’ Back 2 Birmingham again!! UK 2016

And so back to Birmingham England, a quick change of venue from the planned country of the Netherlands, who sadly were unable to host on this occasion. The 9th international gathering …


April 02

The University of Kentucky, Lexington

The big 10 Lexington Kentucky USA 2017

“Celebrating the PAst, Embracing the Future” 10 Years old, what a landmark to reach, and what a journey. We celebrated in the USA, and the beautiful University of Kentucky campus in …


April 02

Victoria Falls, Zambia - Featured Image

Zambia 2018

Lusaka, Zambia was the host city for the 11th international conference and the theme was “Universal Primary Health Care Revisited” and marked our 4th visit to the African continent since …


April 02

Winterthur Switzerland

Winterthur Switzerland 2019

2019 was a milestone year for IAPAE with recognition of Switzerland starting a physician associate education program. The 12th Annual conference in Winterthur, Switzerland highlighted the achievement of a new …


April 18

Virtual Conference - IAPAE

Virtual Conference 2020

In 2020, the world experienced the COVID-19 Pandemic, an unprecedented change for how we interact and meet. Due to the pandemic, IAPAE moved the 2020 annual conference online for a …


April 18

Covid - 19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic 2021 & 2022

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continued, IAPAE focused on regional and local support for PA and PA Analogue education. We postponed the conference to allow members to continue their important healthcare …


April 18

14th Annual conference of IAPAE – 2023

For the 14th Annual Conference in September 2023, IAPAE was pleased to partner with the Indian Physician Assistant Association (IAPA) to host the conference in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. The Conference …


April 15

The future of IAPAE

The Future

IAPAE has come a very long way since its inception in that bar in Tucson Arizona, we have made lasting friendships, strong partnerships across the globe, we have shared generously, …


April 16

The above articles featured in IAPAE's 2019 Newsletter. Written and published by


Professor Philip A Begg

Founding Trustee, Past President and Chair
Current Regional Director - Europe and UK

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