PAs in the Coast Guard

Coast Guard Day is held on August 4th to commemorate the founding of the Revenue Cutter Service. Fans of the hit musical Hamilton will already know that Secretary of the Treasurer Alexander Hamilton recommended its establishment in 1790 to serve as maritime law enforcement. PAs have long served in the Coast Guard, almost since the…

Mother Knows Best

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust A recurring theme that has popped up throughout our years of gathering oral histories and biographies, are PAs who joined the profession because their mother told them to! As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month, take a moment…

Your Archives Need YOU!

With the abundance of free time that some of us now have due to self-isolation and “work from home” requirements, now might be the best time to start that spring cleaning! While you are going through the treasures and mementos you have accumulated over the years, take a moment to think if they might be…

Thank Your PA Mentor!

January is recognized as National Mentoring Month with January 30th being Thank Your Mentor Day. After hearing hundreds of stories through the PA History Society’s Oral History Interview and Biography Collections, it’s clear that one of the professional traits that set PAs apart is their pride in and willingness to be a mentor. But you…

Share Stories This November

November is National Novel Writing Month, or as it’s known affectionately by its fans, NaNoWriMo. Every year thousands of people from around the world sign up to challenge themselves to write a novel length creation (50,000 words) from November 1st to the 30th.  (For those interested in signing up, the address for the official NaNoWriMo…

Protecting Family History When Disaster Strikes

September is National Preparedness Month. When we think of natural or man-made disasters (such as fire) our first thoughts are for the safety of our family members – and their safety does take priority! But while you consider scenarios on how to prepare for the worst, spare some time to think on the irreplaceable family…

The PA History Society Needs Student Trustee!

  The PA History Society is now accepting applications for a PA Student Trustee to serve a one-year term (Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31-2020) on our Board of Trustees! Our Student Member will serves as a full voting member of the Board. They will be expected to actively participate in our bi-annual Board Meetings and summer…

The Nurses that Helped the PA Profession

In honor of National Nurses Week, the PA History Society would like to highlight a few of the many nurses who have impacted the PA profession, especially in its formative years. In the early 1960s, Dr. Eugene Stead Jr.’s original plan to help solve the shortage of healthcare providers was to train nurses to become…

Mental Health Awareness

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five American adults have experienced a mental health issue in their lifetimes. One in 25 have lived with a serious mental illness (major depression, bipolar disorder, etc.) 18.1% of US adults have experienced a stress related mental illness, such as generalized anxiety or PTSD. Suicide is also the…

Celebrating the Lunar New Year and Honoring Rural PAs!

The Lunar New Year, celebrated in Asia, is based on a lunar cycle, which means that it starts on a different day each year. In 2019, the starting date is February 5th. Unlike western horoscopes that are based on star signs which are assigned to different months, the Chinese Zodiac is based on animals from…

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year to our readers and supporters! We hope everyone is rejuvenated after the holidays and ready to face the new adventures that 2019 has in store. The PA History Society, as always, as a full schedule and fun projects planned:  Speaking engagements are scheduled to present the history of the profession at PA…

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….