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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Correspondence from Dr. D. Robert Howard, Duke University to Dr. Ira L. Myers, Alabama Board of Medical Examiners Physician regarding nomenclature and the use of the terms "physician's assistant" and physician's associate, November 3, 1971.

November 3, 1971
Letter from D. Robert Howard, Director Duke University PA program, to Ira Myers, Secretary of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, concerning...

Memorandum from Godkins updating academy on current activities - Correspondence: Godkins to board of advisors

December 19, 1972
An update on academy activities, this memo notifies the academy of upcoming meetings, and mentions the AAPA's intent to seek affiliation with...

Straw vote on the acceptance of Medex personnel into the American Academy of Physicians Assistants

September 12, 1972
Richard Rosen, as a new member of the AAPA's board of advisors, casts his vote on the acceptance of Medex personnel into the American Academy of...

Conference on the Current Status and Development of the Physician Assistant

October 28, 1968
Program from the October 28-29 PA conference at the Statler Hilton Inn in Durham, NC. Speakers include D. Robert Howard, E. Harvey Estes, Henry...

The Pediatric Assistant

This one page abstract describes plans to train a pediatric assistant at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC, in 1968. The...

Request from Anlyan to several individuals asking them to be part of an ad hoc committee - Correspondence: Anlyan to Stead, Sidbury, et al.

February 1, 1966
This is a request from William G. Anlyan to several individuals asking them to be part of an ad hoc committee "to explore the possible types of...