PA Implementation Era (1966-1972)

Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr., established the first formal educational program to educate Physician Assistants at Duke University in 1965. His first pools of students were former military corpsmen and medics with prior health care experience. Four conferences were held at Duke University to propagate the education of PAs using the 2-year Duke curriculum model, to address accreditation, certification and legislative issues and to encourage private foundations, federal and state agencies to fund and support the develop of the PA concept. Other types of educational programs emerged during this time, notable are the four-year baccalaureate program established at Alderson-Broadus College by Dr. Hu Myers, the MEDEX program established at the University of Washington by Dr. Richard Smith, the Child Health Associate Program at the University of Colorado by Dr. Henry Smith and the Surgeon Assistant Program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham by Dr. John Kirklin. By the end of this era, national accreditation and certification standards had been developed and model legislation had been drafted for state legislators to enact. The four pillars of the PA profession came into being: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP, now PAEA); the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for Assistants to the Primary Care Physician (JRC-PA, now ARC-PA); and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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Exploring the creation of the nurse clinician program [at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] - Correspondence: Dolan, Ford, DeMaria and Brown

This series of correspondence occurred between March 26 and May 28, 1968. The exchange of letters is to arrange a meeting between public health...

Do physicians need a new breed of assistants?

This publication contains a series of three articles that appeared in The Medical Post, a newspaper for the Canadian medical profession, during...

Duke's physician's assistant program: a new source of medical manpower

Early article with photographs of Duke University Physician's Assistant students in training that appeared in 1970 issue of Blue Cross News,...

The Physician and His Associates in Health

This draft paper was authored by Dr. William DeMaria, Assistant Dean, Duke University Medical School. Dr. DeMaria chaired a Subcommittee on the...

Use of Physicians' Assistants in the Delivery of Medical Care

In this article reprinted from the Annual Review of Medicine, Dr. Stead reviews a number of developments "in which nurses are assuming functions...

General information [Informational Pamphlet Series, Duke PA Program]

Pamphlet produced in 1972 by the Department of Community Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, to provide individuals information...

Physician's Assistant curriculum [Duke University]

This packet of materials provides an overview of the PA curriculum that was in place in 1968 at Duke University. The curriculum was developed under...

Physician questionnaire response on University Trained Physician's Assistants

September 11, 1970
This is an interim report dated September 1970 providing data on survey mailed to physician members of the North Carolina State Medical Society....

Bulletin of Duke University Physician's Assistant Program

Covers from three bulletins describing the Physician's Assistant Program at Duke University. The bulletins are for academic years 1969-70, 1970-71...

The utilization of physician's assistants in hospitals: proceedings of a symposium held at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC, 1969

September 5, 1969
Proceedings of a meeting held at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC in 1969 to introduce the PA concept to Board of Trustees, the...