The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Department of Physician Assistant Studies College of Health Affairs

Apple Distinguished Program

Apple Corporation has recognized the UTRGV Physician Assistant Program with its prestigious Apple Distinguished Program Award. The award is given for the 2013 - 2015 cycle. The receipt of this honor began in early 2013 with the nomination of the program by Apple Corp. representatives with knowledge of the innovative use of iPad technology in the PA curriculum.  Leads on this project were Frank Ambriz, Department Chair and Elias Villarreal, Academic Coordinator. An iBook was created as part of the nomination process. The iBook highlights some of the ways the program has utilized the iPad in a variety of settings which include student on and off campus integration and faculty/staff utilization. The program continues to incorporate the iPad in groundbreaking ways. 

The UTRGV Physician Assistant (PA) program has been recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2015-17 award cycle.


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Elias Villarreal, UTRGV associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistant (center) and Marc Geller, third-year student in the program, display the PA program’s use of iPads, simulation dummies and other technologies in patient treatment. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy) - Read the full article here: "Master of Physician Assistant Studies program earns second ‘distinguished’ nod from Apple"