Conard honored by national physician assistant organization

12/18/2007

BONDUEL — Bellin’s Michael Conard, a physician assistant, was recently recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“I’m very honored,” the 16-year physician assistant said. “It’s a humbling distinction.”

Conard, a member of Bellin Family Medical Health Center-Bonduel, “earned the recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his years as a physician assistant,” a letter from the organization reads. “He also has demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the community.”

Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. They provide medical and surgical services, including diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and assistance with surgery.

The academy’s Distinguished Fellows demonstrate exceptional contributions in their communities and have solid commitments to health care.

Conard serves as a preceptor to nursing students and physician assistant students. He is chairman of the peer review committee and co-chairman of the pain management committee for Bellin Medical Group. He also is past director and former president of the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, among other achievements.

“It’s always been my hope that my students recognize that our profession means more than simply doing our jobs and collecting a paycheck,” Conard said. “Hopefully my students view this award as evidence of my community-minded philosophy.”

Conard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s physician assistant program and earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska Medical School-Omaha.