Honoring PA Service Men & Women

The roots of the PA profession are wound around those brave men and women who chose to serve their country by becoming healers. The first three PAs were former Navy Corpsmen and the early ranks of the profession were filled with those veterans who had been trained to be medics in the fields of Vietnam….

What to Do with Digital Photographs

As the world gets more and more digital, the fear that the artifacts that stand testimony to our history will vanish into the void increases. The main concern for patrons of archives and history societies is how to preserve digital photographs for the next generation. Here are some tips and tricks to help you preserve…

Celebrating Pride Month

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride month in honor of the Stonewall riots, which took place in the early hours of June 28, 1969. The riots are considered the event which sparked the gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBT rights in the US.  The Stonewall Inn, back in the…

AAPA in the Big Easy

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at AAPA this year! The weather was both hot and stormy, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time sharing our projects and educational resources with PAs who are just starting out in the profession, to PAs who are retired. The highlight of the…

Searching the Archives

Have you ever wondered what was in the Physician Assistant History Society’s archives? Have you been looking for extra resources to give your research a boost? Do you need just one more source to cite before you turn in that paper? Check out the Archival Research section of the PAHx website! https://pahx.org/archival-research/ The Archival Research…

Women’s History Month

The PA profession has had an abundance of strong ladies that have helped made the profession great. Joyce Nichols was the first female PA. She graduated from the Duke PA program in 1970. She had applied to the program three times prior to her acceptance. She was originally denied because she was not a military…

Black History Month

First off, if you haven’t read John Davis’s wonderful article about the first Minority Affairs Committee, please do so by clicking here!  John is going to do a series of articles in upcoming PAHx newsletters following the evolution of the Minority Affairs Committee as it became the current African Heritage Caucus. The PA History Society…

50th Anniversary Festivities for PA Week!

The PA profession’s 50th anniversary culminated with this October’s PA Week (Oct. 6-12). The PA History Society asked PA programs, constituent organizations, and PAs how they celebrated their special week. The Society’s co-founder and Historian Emeritus, Dr. Reginald Carter, and Kenneth Ferrell, the last surviving member of the first original three PAs, were invited to…

A Day Without Unidentified PAs

The bane of every archive’s photo collection is the “unidentified person” that haunts numerous photographs. It drives archivists (and researchers) crazy! The PA History Society is asking everyone for a favor: Help us have a Day Without Unidentified PAs in our photograph collections! When you have a few minutes to spare, please go to our…

50th Anniversary Comic Book: The Adventures of Chipper Wallet, PA-C

The PA History Society is proud to present our special edition, commemorative comic book: The Adventures of Chipper Wallet, PA-C! For those of you who may not be familiar with Chipper Wallet, he is a character from the syndicated comic strip, Gasoline Alley. In 1968, Chipper Wallet joined the Navy, became a hospital corpsman, and…

Remembrance for Dr. Richard Smith by Ruth Ballweg and Margaret Chambers

Physician Assistant Founder, Global Health Innovator, Peace Corps Medical Director and Civil Rights Leader Global health leader and widely recognized founder of the physician assistant (PA) profession, Richard A. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., died March 10, at his home in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 84. In 1968 Dr. Smith created one of the nation’s first PA programs…