CAPA Awards

CAPA will recognize outstanding PAs at the CAPA Winter CME Conference on February 7–10, 2019.

Deadline for submissions is December 16, 2018. 

PA of the Year

May be given in recognition of a PA’s contributions to the profession and community. Recipient must be a CAPA member.
  • Service to the PA profession
  • Inspiration to colleagues and patients
  • High quality patient care
  • Professional leadership
  • Community and volunteer contributions, humanitarian efforts

PA Team of the Year

May be awarded to a ​PA and another individual within a ​healthcare team that works collaboratively with​ the​ PAs and promotes PA practice. ​At least one (1) PA team member ​recipient​ must be a CAPA member.
  • Evidence of mutual respect and trust
  • Teamwork in providing care to patients
  • Team, community or professional leadership
  • Evidence of team community services 

PA Educator of the Year

May be given in recognition of a PA’s contribution as a PA preceptor or educator. Recipient must be a CAPA member.
  • Support educational advancement of PA students
  • Promotion of student leadership
  • Evidence of mentoring efforts
  • Professional leadership activities
  • Community and volunteer activities 

PA Student Scholarship

CAPA will recognize an outstanding PA student at the CAPA Winter CME Conference on February 7–10, 2019.

CAPA may award annual student scholarships, funds permitting, to a Physician Assistant student in the state of Colorado. Applications shall be reviewed by the Awards​ and Scholarship​ Committee.
  • Community service and involvement
  • Leadership
  • Academic achievement
  • Goals as a future PA
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Financial Need (will only be considered on an as needed basis)

Deadline for submissions is December 16, 2018. 

Congratulations to the CAPA 2018 Award Winners!


Karen Ream, MMS, PA-C

Karen Ream embodies the ideal role of the PA through her leadership with the inpatient cardiology service at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in Aurora. She is a graduate of Midwestern University Glendale PA program, and has been instrumental in designing and implementing UCH’s first inpatient cardiology non-teaching service, including recruitment of 5 APPs, and creation of orientation and training structure for the team. The team has shown improvement in quality metrics, including decreased length of stay and ICU lengths of stay for cardiac patients. She plays an integral role in caring for cardiac patients, and serves as a model of collaborative care with the Cardiology team at UCH.


Colorado State University Health Network

The Colorado State University Health Network consists of two physicians, six NPs and seven PAs, and provides medical care collaboratively to the CSU Community through individual clinic care, public health outreach, and health education. The Health Network team is a true example of the collegial relationship that exemplifies the role of the PA by cultivating and sustaining an environment that encourages evidence-based and whole-patient care, and maximizes each provider’s level of expertise to positively affect patient outcomes. The team participates in efforts to increase quality of care, including implementing utilization projects and presenting at national meetings. This collegiate academic environment also provides the opportunity to educate students about the roles of PAs and provide a model example for pre-health professional students who are interested in the PA profession.

PA Student Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Grise, PA-S2

Ashley Grise is a second year PA student at University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program, where she serves as a class representative and teaching assistant. Beyond being a top student in her class, Ashley has demonstrated her commitment to the community as a volunteer in the student-run DAWN clinic as well as fundraising and volunteering for the non-profit organization Warren Village. She has furthermore been active as a PA advocate within her PA program, as well as through representation at the AAPA Advocacy and Legislative Summit, which involves dialogue with national PA leaders and congressional legislators. She has been described by faculty as “The ideal of a PA leader.” Upon graduation, Ashley plans to practice in Denver, where she intends to continue community and PA program involvement.