Physician Assistant History Society

Physician Assistant History Society

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Honoring our History; Ensuring our Future

The Physician Assistant History Society® is dedicated to the study of the history and legacy of the physician assistant profession through the collection and identification of appropriate papers, manuscripts, magazine and newspaper clippings, newsletters, references, reports, dissertations, oral histories, biographies, films, slides, videos, photographs, artifacts, memorabilia and digital images.

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03/18/2024

Kathy Pedersen uses her position in academia to identify and use PA-like providers in settings around the world to reduce healthcare inequity and improve healthcare access. Read more on her bio! (Link to our biography webpage in our Insta bio)

03/14/2024

Help us give names to the unidentified PAs in our photograph collection! Please browse through the Society's photograph collection and if you recognize one of our unknown PAs, let us know by clicking on the "Send Us Feedback" button in the right corner of that photo's webpage. To see our photographs with unidentified people, please click here: https://bit.ly/4cc81et

03/12/2024

Lillie Hudson was only 1 of 2 PAs invited in the group of ninety scholars to attend the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 3rd Annual Translational Health Disparities Course, in Bethesda, Maryland, in August 2013. During this 2-week intensive training Hudson realized that she wanted to be a part of the solution and actively participate in training the next generation of compassionate PA clinicians that would expand health equity and challenge health disparities. Read more on her bio! https://pahx.org/bios/hudson-lillie/

03/08/2024

Happy International Women's Day from the PA History Society! Please visit our website for inspiring stories of women who made history by making a difference! www.pahx.org

03/07/2024

Ann Davis spent the early part of her PA career supplying healthcare to children in underserved areas. She was the first PA in Flagstaff, Arizona. Part of her position included running the county’s Well Child Program and providing care for the students at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Student Dormitory. After joining AAPA as Vice President of Constituent Organization Outreach and Advocacy, Davis educated state and national health-related groups on the utilization and regulation of PAs, provided guidance on best practice models for the PA profession, monitored trends in health law and policy development, and drafted legislation to improve state laws. Read more on her bio: https://pahx.org/bios/davis-ann/

03/04/2024

Janice Tramel was the first African American and woman to chair the PA Examining Committee (now the California PA Board) and the first to chair the California Academy of PAs Program Relations Committee. She was acknowledged for her over 40 years in PA education with a special congressional recognition from then US Representative Karen Bass, who is a former student of Tramel’s. Read more: https://pahx.org/bios/tramel-janice/

03/01/2024

To celebrate the theme of this year's Women's History Month, the PA History Society has selected a handful of biographies that demonstrate those who made history by making a difference, specifically with DEI initiatives, in the profession and in their communities: www.pahx.org/news/womens-history-month-2024/

These are just a sampling of the many stories contained in the Society's oral history and biography collections. Please browse our website to discover many more inspiring ladies! www.pahx.org

02/29/2024

PAHx is excited to be offering our first small group interactive CME session at the AAPA Conference in Houston! “Become a PA Historian: Preserving PA History” will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 2pm (CT). Participants will learn the value of saving historical materials, the need for recording their organization’s leadership and historical events, and how to identify what needs preserving. To learn more, please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3ThRnD2

02/27/2024

Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, has always been driven to promote education, health equity, public health, and public safety for all. For most of her career, she has either been the only African American, the first African American, or the first PA to serve in a position or to be recognized for an award. While this role of being “the only or the first” has added extra responsibility, she has always looked at it as contributing to her personal growth and her chance to increase opportunities for others. Read more about her on her bio: https://pahx.org/bios/barnett-jacqueline/

02/22/2024

In this roundtable discussion, members of the American Academy of Nephrology PAs (AANPA) recount their experiences throughout the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, including how it affected their practice, their patients and their memorable moments: https://vimeo.com/911315505

The Certified PAs who took part in the discussion were: Rebecca Gordon (California), Peter Juergensen (Connecticut), Amy Mosman (Missouri), Becky Ness (Minnesota), and Laura Troidle (Connecticut). Kim Zuber, Executive Director of the AANPA, co-interviewed and moderated the discussion.

02/20/2024

Howard Straker, EdD, MPH, PA-C, has dedicated his career to a life of service to his patients, his community, and his students. He has an active history of service to PA organizations, including being the first student appointed to the AAPA committee, chairing the Minority Affairs committees of both AAPA and PAEA, and serving as President of the PAEA Board of Directors in 2020. Read more on his bio: https://pahx.org/bios/straker-howard/

02/19/2024

The PA History Society hopes that you have a happy and safe Presidents Day!

02/16/2024

The Winter issue of Historical Happenings is out! Meet our new Board Trustees, get an update on the PA profession in Switzerland, learn how the Frontier Nursing program helped pave the way for the PA profession, and more!https://pahx.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Winter-2024-Newsletter-2.13.2024.pdf

02/14/2024

Happy Valentine's Day from the PA History Society!

02/12/2024

Peggy Valentine, EdD, RN, PA, is Vice President of Allied Health Education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her numerous contributions to education and healthcare include co-founding Project Access, researching homelessness and minority issues and lecturing extensively on minority HIV/AIDS issues to professional and lay groups nationally and internationally. She has published in refereed journals, textbooks, and HIV/AIDS training manuals, and served as Editor in Chief for the Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity Journal, which she founded. Learn more on her bio: https://pahx.org/bios/valentine-peggy/

02/05/2024

Robert Wooten is a PA educator, a former president of the African Heritage Caucus and of the North Carolina Academy of PAs. He was the first African American president of the American Academy of PAs, serving 2011-2012. He also currently is serving on the AAPA's DE&I Commission. Read more about him on his bio! https://pahx.org/bios/wooten-robert-lee-jr/

02/01/2024

Happy Black History Month! As always, the PA History Society has gathered a sampling of the many stories in our collections that showcase African American PAs who have made history by making a difference! https://pahx.org/news/february-is-black-history-month/

01/30/2024

Eddie Amberg, DMSc, MPH, PA-C, has always been passionate about working in emergency and acute care, especially in rural settings. He currently works at various ER departments in Montana, where the nearest level 1 Trauma Center is several states away. He is a former Chair of the NCCPA, and was the youngest person to have held the position. Learn more about him and his PA career on his bio: https://pahx.org/bios/edward-a-amberg/

01/24/2024

PAHx is excited to be offering our first small group interactive CME session at the AAPA Conference in Houston! “Become a PA Historian: Preserving PA History” will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 2pm (CT). Participants will learn the value of saving historical materials, the need for recording their organization’s leadership and historical events, and how to identify what needs preserving. To learn more, please click on the following link: https://aapa2024.mapyourshow.com/8_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?scheduleid=294

01/18/2024

CAPT Stephen C. Smith retired with over 40 years of service in the uniformed services, over 23 of that in the US Public Health Service. He has worked at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (before becoming a PA), as a training officer for the National Disaster Medical System, an international medical device investigator in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as an instructor who trained new FDA investigators, and retired as an established subject matter expert protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation. Read more on his bio: https://pahx.org/bios/stephen-c-smith/

01/17/2024

Today is the PA History Society's anniversary! We are 22 years old, and we couldn't have done it without the amazing support from YOU!

01/15/2024

The PA History Society wishes everyone a safe and meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

01/11/2024

David Sundwall, MD, is a professor emeritus of the University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He has worked with the US Public Health Services in a variety of roles, including US Assistant Surgeon General. In this interview, Dr. Sundwall speaks about his involvement with the US Public Health Service, the University of Utah PA Program, and his passion for public health and family medicine: https://vimeo.com/889228099

01/09/2024

In this new bio, meet CAPT Christian B. Rathke, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA! Rathke’s nontraditional PA experience has positively impacted the profession and influenced others on how to integrate clinical medicine, science, and executive leadership. He has served the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officer after a total of eight years of enlistment and commissioning in the U.S. Navy. Learn more: https://pahx.org/bios/christian-b-rathke/

01/04/2024

January 4th is National Trivia Day! Why don't you test your knowledge of PA History with our fun trivia quizzes? https://pahx.org/pa-history-trivia/

You can also check out our website to learn new PA history trivia facts to impress your friends and coworkers! www.pahx.org

01/02/2024

The PA History Society is sad to announce the passing of PA pioneer John Braun. He was a 1968 graduate of the Duke PA Program and stayed on after to become an educator. He helped found the AAPA and served as one of its early presidents. He was recruited in the early 70s by the NIH Bureau of Health Manpower to be Chief of the PA Staff, administering the first federally legislated authority and funds for the establishment of PA programs. Before his retirement in 2005, he worked 13 years in pharmaceutical clinical research, serving on the clinical team at Hoffmann-LaRoche which proved the efficacy of Saquinavir - the first long term life saving compound that brought hope to millions of HIV infected people throughout the world. To learn more about Braun and his contributions to the PA profession and to healthcare, please read his bio on our website: https://pahx.org/bios/braun-john-a/

01/01/2024

Happy 2024! Wishing everyone a very happy new year! Please continue to stay connected with the PA History Society as we have some very exciting things planned :)

12/26/2023

Happy Kwanzaa! Sending love and light to all who celebrate!

12/25/2023

The PA History Society wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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The PA History Society

The Physician Assistant History Society was created in 2002 when co-founders, Reginald Carter and J. Jeffrey Heinrich, realized the need to preserve the history of the PA profession for future generations.

The PA History Society is dedicated to sharing the history and legacy of the profession through our archival collections of personal and organizational papers, oral histories, biographies, photographs, videos, and library materials.

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