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 take part in the Naval Association of PAs celebrations and annual CME  symposium held on the White House grounds at the Eisenhower Executive Building.

Carter Speaking NAPA CME Session

Other 50th anniversary and PA Week celebrations included:

  • The North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants hosted a 50th Anniversary Gala at the Stead Center.
  • Marshall B. Ketchum University held a 50th Anniversary Bash, with participants wearing their best tie-dyed shirts and 60s chic.


  • PAs from various PA programs turned up in force for the filming of ABC’s Good Morning America the entire week!


  • Trevecca Nazarene University PA Program proudly showed their love of the profession.

Trevecca PA Week 01

  • The University of Utah’s celebration coincided with their site visit (lucky, lucky) and also had the National Library of Medicine/PAHx PA Profession banners to show off.
  • Oregon Health and Science University and Pacific University students teamed up to cut down overgrown trees and brush on the property of an elderly couple in need.

Pacific U and OHSU 03

  • Hardin-Simmons University volunteered at a pumpkin path fundraiser for Disability Resources.IMG_5929
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC students put together more than 100 care packages filled with toiletries for the Union Station Homeless Services Adult Center.


  • The New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants took part in a walk/run for breast cancer research.


Though the activities and festivities varied from location to location, pride in the profession and joy in celebrating it were evident everywhere!


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