The nomenclature evolution of the physician's associate

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  • Paper drafted by Dr. D. Robert Howard at Duke University in 1972 providing background and reasons for changing the title of certain PA programs and graduates from "assistant" to "associate." He mentions the classification of PAs by education and scope of practice derived by the National Academy of Sciences. To distinguish the university-trained type A PA from type B and C PAs, Howard puts forth an argument that type A PAs should be recognized as "associates" and that the American Registry of Physicians' Associates was founded by leaders of university-based programs to provide a "mechanism for accrediting Type A physician's assistant programs and registering those graduated from accredited programs or those, who, by education and experience are able to function in the capacity of a Type A physician's assistant."
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  • Division of Allied Health Education Records

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