David J. Keahey, PA-C, BUS, MSPH

Research Interests

  • Health Policy
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Evidence-Based Medicine

Languages

  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Physician Assistant Program

Board Certification

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-7756
  • UPAP
    375 Chipeta Way, Room: Suite A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

David J. Keahey, MSPH, PA-C

Associate Professor (Clinical)
Director of Clinical Associates
Associate Director of Graduate Studies

David has been with UPAP since 1983 when he began precepting second year students and has served as Associate Program Director. He directs faculty who facilitate small tutorial group sessions and co-directs the EBM curriculum and master's capstone. Keahey has been a Principal Investigator (PI) for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) training grants and is the current PI for the HRSA Expansion of Physician Assistant Training (EPAT) grant. David was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship and will be in residence in Washington DC from 2015-2016.

Keahey teaches History and Physical Diagnosis, Focused Physical Examination, Patient Documentation and Case Presentation, Health Policy Topics, Neurology Topics, is a Clinical Associate for Wednesday Tutorial Groups, and co-teaches the EBM/Clinical Problem Solving curriculum. He developed and implemented the Summer Clinical Practicum that merges two cohorts of 1st year students in near-peer training. Keahey has authored or co-authored 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 commentaries and newsletter articles in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, the American Family Physician, and the Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE). With Constance Goldgar, MS, PA-C he has been the co-editor of JPAE's EBM Feature. Together they have presented numerous regional and national EBM Teaching the Teacher seminars for PA and physician educators. He has presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) Annual Education Forum, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference, and Public Health Service Region VIII conferences. In 2013 David was the Keynote Speaker for Idaho State University's Research Day: "Incorporating EBM with a Focus on Interaction Between Clinicians, Academics, and Community."

For ten years Keahey was chair of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants' Legislative Committee and lead efforts to write and pass two bills that improved PA scope of practice. David was member and chair of the PAEA Government Relations and External Affairs Council (GREAC) from 2011-2015 and was PAEA Liaison to STFM from 2009-2012 where he also chaired the Group On Health Policy and Access. David lead the workgroup that published the STFM/PAEA Joint Position Statement Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education published jointly in Family Medicine and JPAE. He was appointed in 2012 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) where he now serves as vice-chair and co-wrote the committee's 11th Report to Congress.

David grew up in rural Idaho and graduated from UPAP in 1983 after serving three years as a decorated US Army DUSTOFF flight medic. He went on to graduate from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of University Studies (Primary Care Medicine) and a Master's of Science in Public Health. David practiced family medicine for 24 years at the Salt Lake Community Health Centers (CHC, Inc.) where he served six years as associate medical director and medical director. He volunteers weekly at the Maliheh Free Clinic caring for a diverse population of uninsured patients and precepting students. David has received numerous teaching and service awards including the 2004 Inner City PA of the Year PAragon Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). In 2013, he was awarded the Maliheh Free Clinic Compassion and Service Award.After graduation from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1983, I practiced family medicine for 24 years in the Salt Lake Community Health Center system caring for inner city and Homeless underserved populations. Since 2007 I have volunteered at the Maliheh Free Clinic one session per week seeing a diverse population of uninsured patients.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Public Health
M.S.P.H.
Professional Other University of Utah Physician Assistant Program
Family Practice
P.A.
Undergraduate University of Utah
Bachelor of University Studies Primary Care Medicine
B.U.S.
Fellowship Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Policy Fellowship
Advanced Fellow

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Reynolds PP, Klink K, Gilman S, Green LA, Phillips RS, Shipman S, Keahey D, Rugen K, Davis M (2015 Jul). The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Preparation of the Workforce, More Questions than Answers. J Gen Intern Med, 30(7), 1013-7.
  2. Houchins J, Keahey DJ, Goldgar C (). Laboratory Test Update. FP Essent, 402(November), 11-41.
  3. Keahey D, Dickinson P, Hills K, Kaprielian V, Lohenry K, Marion G, Statler, M, Nolte T, Walsh, A (). STFM/PAEA Joint Position Statement Workgroup. Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 23(3), 33-41.
  4. Goldgar CM, Keahey DJ (). The Evidence-Based Medicine Write-Up: A Tool for EBM Skill Development and Patient-Centered Evidence Application. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 22(3), 35-40.
  5. Keahey DJ, Goldgar, CM (). Evidence-Based Medicine Databases: Changing Needs Along the Path From Physician Assistant Student to Clinician. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 22(1), 48-52.
  6. Keegan N, Goldgar, Keahey DJ (2010). Colorectal Cancer and Computed Tomography Colonography: A New Screening Option? Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 21(1), 35-42.
  7. Keahey DJ, Goldgar, CM (2009). McAllen, Texas, Evidence-Based Medicine, and President Obama. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 20(3), 39-41.
  8. Goldgar CM, Keahey DJ, Houchins J (2009). Treatment Options for Acne Rosacea. Am Fam Physician, 80(5), 461-468.
  9. Keahey DJ, Goldgar CM (2008). Evidence-Based Medicine Resources for Physician Assistant Faculty: DynaMed. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 19(1), 43-46.
  10. Goldgar CM, Keahey DJ (2007). Evidence for Evidence-Based Medicine. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 18(4), 52-56.
  11. Keahey, DJ (2007). Evidence-based Medicine Resources for Physician Assistant Faculty: A Review of Two Textbooks. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 8(1), 60-63.
  12. Keahey DJ, Goldgar CM (2004). An Integrated Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum in Physician Assistant Training: From Undergraduate to Post Graduate. Perspective on Physician Assistant Education, 15(2), 91-98.
  13. Keahey DJ (Summer 1994). A Review of Physical Diagnosis: Bedside Evaluation of Diagnosis and Function. Janice Willms. Perspective on Physician Assistant Education, 5(II), p. 4-5.

Commentary

  1. Goldgar CM, Keahey DJ (2010). Demonstrating Evidence-Based Medicine Skills and Comprehension with a Student Capstone Project. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 21(1), 34.

Editorial

  1. Kruse J Workgroup Keahey DJ, Dickinson P, Hills K, Kaprielian V, Lohenry K, Marion G, et al (). STFM/PAEA Joint Position Statement Workgroup. Executive Summary. Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education. Family Medicine, Vol. 44(No. 8), 586-588.

Newspaper

  1. Keahey DJ (). Successful Legislative Year for Utah PAs Passes Final Hurdle. UAPA Newsletter, pp. 1-2.
  2. Keahey DJ (). UAPA Advances Legislation to Update and Improve the State PA Practice Act. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter 3 (1):1-2.
  3. Keahey DJ (04/01/09). Legislative Update. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter, pp. 2 (2):2.
  4. Keahey DJ (10/01/2008). Maliheh Free Clinic Presents Volunteer Opportunities for Utah PAs. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter 1 (4):4.
  5. Keahey DJ (10/01/2008). Legislative Update. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter 1 (4):4.
  6. Keahey DJ (04/01/2008). Legislative Update. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter 1 (3):2.
  7. Keahey DJ (01/01/2008). Legislative Update. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter 1 (1) 6-7.
  8. Keahey DJ (01/01/2008). Brief Legislative History of PA Practice in Utah. Utah Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter 1 (1) 7-8.

Other

  1. Keahey DJ (). Liaison Report — Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and PAEA Plan Collaboration Effort. PAEA Networker (July(2011), p. 1).
  2. Keahey DJ (). Liaison Report — Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference an Opportunity for Collaboration. PAEA Networker (p. 1).
  3. Keahey DJ (). PAEA and STFM Have Much in Common. PAEA Networker (June(2009), p. 1).

Report

  1. Perkins A, Keller D, Keahey D, Evans C, Beltz W, Chan Pagett V, Fox F, Johnson J, Lalliath E, Niessen L, Odum Walker K, Rivera Nazario Y, Sharps G, Switzer E (). 12th Annual Report to the Secretary of HHS and Congress: Health Literacy and Patient Engagement ,September 2015 (12). Rockville, MD: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.
  2. Keller D, Keahey D, Evans C, Betz W, Chan Pagett V, Fox F, Johson J, Kalliath E, Niessen L, Odum Walker K, Perkins A, Rivera Nazario Y, Sharps G, Switzer E (). Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.11th Annual Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to Congress: Training Health Professional in Community Settings During a Time of Transformation: Building and Learning in Integrated Systems of Care. Rockville MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ACTPCMD.
  3. Rogers J, Russell B, Morton-Rias D, Betz W, Buerk E, Keahey D, Cordero M, Evans C, Fox F, Harris G, Jackson A, Johnson J, Jones-Leeson A, Keller D, Rivera-Nazario Y, Sharps G, Odom-Walker K (). Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. 10th Annual Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to Congress: Interprofessional Education. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Servies, ACTPCMD.

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