Correspondence from Eugene Stead regarding the evolution of the physician's assistant concept at Duke University

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  • Letters written by Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. in 1969 answering a variety of questions about the physician's assistant concept. The letters are as follows:(1) Stead reply to Zahn dated January 31, 1969 indicating that he feels "the ceiling placed on nurses is too low to be intellectually challenging to women seriously interested in a career." "To make this work (i.e., advanced nursing), doctors have to be brought back into the training of nurses"; (2) Stead to Mengel dated July 10, 1969 stating that "the physician's assistant program has really worked out well. We are over the humps, both in the Medical Center and with the North Carolina Medical Society." Funds should be given to the program from the Regional Medical Program; (3) Stead to members of the Council of Academic Societies, AAMC dated September 22, 1969 stating that he felt the Council should "examine this program carefully and consider the desirability of setting standards for schools producing these assistants. "Medicine is always too late. This is our opportunity to exert leadership"; and (4) Stead to Dolan dated October 2, 1969 replying about questions of licensure, by Dr. Cox in previous letters. Dr. Stead states that he preferred schools to be licensed rather than PAs and that Board of Medical Examiners in the Commonwealth of Virginia could do "us a real service by -- urging that the AMA set the standards for schools which are training physician's assistants."
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