PA Evaluation and Standardization Era (1973-1980)

The first national conference on new health practitioners was held in Wichita Falls, TX. The National Board of Medical Examiners administered its first national certifying examination to graduates of AMA accredited PA Programs, to nurse practitioners and to informally trained physician assistants. To remain certified PA have to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) within three years and take a re-certifying examination every six years. There was a rapid expansion of baccalaureate PA educational programs stimulated by Federal training contracts. These programs have to admit more women, minorities and place more graduates into primary care specialties to receive funding. Initial workforce studies indicated that PAs are well-accepted, productive and cost-efficient. The American Academy of Physician Assistants established a House of Delegates to develop policy and PA enabling legislation is enacted in most states.

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Correspondence from Eugene Stead regarding evolution of the Physician's Assistant concept at Duke University - 1977

May 17, 1977
Letter from Dr. Milton Johnson dated April 6, 1977 stating that the Medical Association of Georgia is "currently interested in and investigating...

Progress and problems in training and use of assistants to primary care physicians

April 8, 1975
This 1975 report to the congress was compiled by the Comptroller General of the United States to (1) report on the problems that hamper the...

Statement concerning the development of the national certifying examination for assistants to the primary care physician

August 1, 1973
In April 1972, the National Board of Medical Examiners accepted the recommendation of its Committee on Goals and Priorities that the NBME assume...

First National Conference on New Health Practitioners

April 10, 1973
Program (flyer) of the first national conference held at the USAF School of Health Care Sciences, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX, April...

Secretary's Newsletter #3

February 1, 1973
Newsletter written by Mr. Stanhope, secretary of the American Academy of Physicians' Associates in January or February 1973 (undated). He mentions...

American Academy of Physicians' Assistants : [membership announcement 1975]

A two page membership announcement form published by the American Academy of Physicians' Assistants in 1975. The announcement includes an...

American Academy of Physician's Assistants : pamphlet [early 1974]

January, 1974
This pamphlet was published by the American Academy of Physician's Assistants in early 1974, when the Academy and Association of Physician...

NCCPA newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1, November 1975

November, 1975
The first newsletter November 1975: 1 (no. 1) published by the staff of the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants. The...

National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants : [pamphlet, 1978]

Pamphlet printed for the National Commission on Certification of physician's assistants providing a brief history of the development of a...

Employment & Use of Physician's Assistants: A Guide for Physicians

June, 1975
This guide was prepared, revised and published by the American Medical Association in June 1975 "to answer some of the questions most frequently...