The Physician's Assistant

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  • A working paper dated July 1, 1964 written by Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. describing the need for physician's assistants. He states the minimum eligibility requirements for trainees (high school or junior college and one year of health related experience) and describes the resources available for training PAs at the Duke University Medical Center and suggests a two year curriculum consisting of a year of instructions in the laboratories (didactics) followed by a year working with doctors at Duke and community hospitals. He finishes by describing some of the tasks that PAs could perform including task and recognition of clinical problems, such as cardiac failure, shock and acute blood loss. "The physician-in-charge would be legally responsible for the acts of the assistant." PAs would work in the office, the hospital and the home.
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  • Eugene A. Stead Papers
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