PA Incorporation Era (1981-1990)

Physician Assistant roles expand into all medical and surgical specialties and settings. Workforce studies continued to be positive recognizing PA contributions to the provision of quality, accessible and cost-saving health care services. PAs gain reimbursement of services they render under Medicare Part B. PAs are granted commissioned officer status in the uniformed services. States begin to pass and revise legislation that allows PAs prescriptive privileges. Studies indicate that PAs are highly satisfied with their jobs. PA programs begin to offer master degrees to their graduates.

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PA Profile

1983
A pamphlet created by the American Academy of Physician Assistants for the purposes of advertising the PA career as well as the Physician Assistant...
 

National Certification of Surgeon's Assistants - Correspondence: Zintel and Glazer

September 14, 1981
Dr. Zintel, Director, Department of Special Educational Projects, American College of Surgeons, sent this memo to individuals "who have been...
 

Proficiency Examination in Surgery for Physician's Assistants

April, 1981
Announcement, pamphlet and application form created by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants to register PAs to take...
 

National Certifying Examination for Primary Care PAs

May, 1981
This announcement produced by the National Commission indicates that the National Certifying Examination for Primary Care Physician Assistants is...
 

Recertification Examination: Pros and Cons - Correspondence: Rensch to Stanhope

February 27, 1981
In his 27 February 1981 letter to William Stanhope, Dick Rensch reacts strongly to a recent memorandum sent by Mr. Stanhope to "all PAs" voicing...
 

Field Test of the Proficiency Examination in Surgery

February 25, 1981
In 1979, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) provided NCCPA $21,481 for the experimental administration and analysis of an examination designed...
 

Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants; Description of Examination

February, 1981
This is a description of the recertification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistant on March...
 

Announcement of the 1981 Recertification Examination

1981
This is an announcement of the recertification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistant on...
 

Need to Register for 1981 Recertification Examination - Correspondence: Vanderbilt to PAs Eligible for Recertification

1981
This early 1981 memorandum was sent by Clara Vanderbilt, AAPA Representative to the NCCPA, to eligible PAs urging them to register for the...
 

Puzzled about the 1981 Recertification Examination - Correspondence: Gardiner and Arnold to NCCPA

March 5, 1981
This 5 March 1981 letter from Ric Gardiner and Steve Arnold, president and president-elect of the South Dakota Association of Physician Assistants,...