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…

Service for Victor Germino – PA Pioneer by Dr. Reginald Carter

A memorial service was held for Victor Germino at the Stead Center on Wednesday, March 8th to celebrate his “full and adventurous life.”  Over 100 people attended the service held in the Harvey Estes, Jr. conference center with additional seating provided in the adjacent garden.  The Rev. Charles McKenzie welcomed friends and special guests on…

PA-C Chipper Wallet’s New Home in PA History Society Archives!

The PA History Society is thrilled by the newest addition to our archives: The Jim Scancarelli Collection. The collection includes original drawings from the comic strip Gasoline Alley® featuring PA-C Chipper Wallet. Both Chipper Wallet and Gasoline Alley are © Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Jim Scancarelli is the current writer of the Gasoline Alley® comic…

The Stead Center and the McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden

Last month members of the PA History Society staff visited the Stead Center located in Durham, North Carolina. The Stead Center was built in 2004 by the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants to serve as a combined office-conference complex. It is named after Dr. Eugene A. Stead Jr., the founder of the Physician Assistant…

PAHx & NLM PA Banner Exhibit

The Physician Assistant History Society and the National Library of Medicine are proud to unveil their joint project: “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care”, a traveling banner and online exhibition.

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