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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News Release: Funding for Pediatric Associate Program at the University of Colorado - Carnegie Corporation

December 15, 1968
This news release dated December 15, 1968 states that "two of the nation's larger philanthropic foundations, Carnegie Corporation of new York and...

Subcommittee on the Physician and His Associates in Health [Bureau of Health Services, DHEW] - Correspondence: Goldsmith to DeMaria

April 9, 1968
This letter dated April 9, 1968 from Frank Goldsmith, Assistant Director for Special Staff Services, Office of Program Planning and Evaluation,...

Conference on community medical services [in North Carolina]

November 18, 1967
This packet contains a letter from Dr. E.W. Furgurson, general practitioner, Plymouth, North Carolina, to Dr. W.C. Davison, with minutes from the...

Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree [Duke University Medical Center] - Correspondence: Anlyan to Powell

September 1, 1970
This letter from Dr. William Anlyan to Mr. Rufus H. Powell, III dated September 1, 1970 supports the establishment of the Bachelor of Health...

Physician's Assistants: Legal Issues

January 5, 1972
This report on legal issues for physician assistants was presented by E. Harvey Estes, Jr. to the Health Advisory Committee of Duke University...

Physician's associate - position description - Correspondence: Sessoms to Members of Hospital Advisory Committee [Duke Hospital]

January 28, 1972
This memorandum dated January 28, 1972 was sent by Stuart M. Sessions, Office of the Director, Duke Hospital to members of the hospitals advisory...

Duke University PA Graduate and student information, 1971.

This packet of information assembled in 1971 contains information on the distribution of 41 graduates of the Duke University PA Program, the prior...

Physician's Associate [journal] reply card

Return reply postcard used in 1971 to subscribe to the Physician's Associate, the Journal of the American Association of Physicians' Associates....

New members of the physician's health team : physician's assistants

May 13, 1970
The Ad Hoc Committee report classified physician assistants according to the degree of specialization, level of clinical decision-making (judgment)...

Purser-Marine Physician Assistant : Staff Officers' Association of America training program

A bulletin describing the newly established Purser-Marine Physician Assistant Program based in the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, Staten...