The following timeline presents important milestones and events in the evolutionary development of the physician assistant profession.    

The Society’s Museum Collection features artwork, artifacts and exhibitions that interpret the story of physician assistant profession.

Interviews provide invaluable overviews and details of a subject, offer fresh insights, and suggest directions for further research.

The Still Image Collection contains images created by the Society and by organizations, institutions and individuals who have gifted their collections to the Society.

The Moving Image Collection includes film and video created by various organizations, institutions and individuals and then gifted to the Society over time.

Biographies highlight the men and women who over time have contributed to the establishment, growth and development of the physician assistant profession.

The Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History, Inc. (PA History Society) is dedicated to the history and legacy of the physician assistant profession through the identification and collection of appropriate papers, manuscripts, magazine and newspaper clippings, newsletters, reports, dissertations, oral histories, and visual artifacts, such as films, slides, videos, photographs, and digital images.  To learn more about the Society's extensive Archive, Library and Museum (ALM) Collection, please click here.


Read the latest issue of our newsletter, Historical Happenings.


Order your copy of the History Society's new book, The Physician Assistant: An Illustrated History.


Help Honor our PA Veterans by Donating to the PAHx Fundraiser to Upgrade the Veterans Memorial Garden

PAHx and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants are joining efforts to expand and upgrade the John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants located in Durham, NC.  The garden honors PAs who have served or are currently serving in the uniformed services of our country, especially the former medical corpsmen who became PAs and pioneered the profession 50 years ago.  What better way to celebrate our 50th anniversary then to honor the pioneers who made it possible for us to have such rewarding and meaningful careers?

With your support, we can reach our goal of $72,000 by April 2017, when the Garden will be dedicated.  The funds raised will cover the costs to update the overgrown landscaping, add a sitting area near the statue, spotlights for the flag pole, a fence to enclose the garden area, add a wheelchair accessible walkway and patio area surrounding the statue, add brick benches, and a brick wall of remembrance with bronze plaques representing each branch of the uniformed services.


Engraved named pavers will be embedded in the walkway and surrounding patio to honor veteran PAs and their service to our country.  The engraved 9x9 brick pavers are available for $100 each For those interested in purchasing more than one paver we offer a sliding scale:  1 for $100, 2 for $175, 3 for $250, 4 for $325 and 5 for $400.  The engraved paver will include the appropriate uniformed service logo and 3 lines for name, branch and years of service.  To order your tax deductible brick paver(s) please click here and you will be directed to our PAHx Veterans Garden Paver site at Bricks R Us.


In addition, with a general donation of $75.00 or more, you will receive a signed, numbered print of "Women PAs in Uniform" by artist Don Pedersen, PA; while supplies last.    All tax deductible 'general' donations (non-brick paver orders) can be made by credit card online via Pay Pal at, please include “Veterans Garden” after your first name.  You do not need a Pay Pal account to make a donation.  

Or you can mail a check, made out to the PA History Society with “Veterans Garden Project” in the memo line to: Lori Konopka-Sauer, Managing Director, PA History Society, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 160, Johns Creek, GA 30097



During the month of June, the PA History Society will feature several outstanding PAs from the LGBT community who have contributed to the growth and success of the PA profession on our homepage.  Although the Society cannot salute all of the amazing PAs in one month, please take a moment to visit the website homepage throughout the month to learn about a few of the outstanding individuals who are making a difference as a PA.  Learn more about Patrick Killeen, a physician assistant for 30 years, and a leader in the PA profession. 

Forty-seven years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, the events of June 1969 are commemorated and promote equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. 


PAHx Historian Toolkit     

The Historian Toolkit is designed to help our Associates identify, gather, organize and maintain materials that document the history of their PA program.  The toolkit has the following seven leaflets that provide basic information on specific topics that help Associates preserve their institutions history and legacy.   1. Historian Duties    2. What is an Archive?   3. Growing Collection   4. Records Management & Retention Guidelines    5. Conducting Oral History Interviews   6. Digital Imaging       7. Helpful Links


PAHx Educational Toolkit  
The Educational Toolkit on the History and Legacy of the Physician Assistant Profession is available to PAHx Associates. The toolkit is a compendium of PowerPoint™ slides, photographs, and video clips that can be integrated into personalized lectures; a series of self-directed learning modules; a Syllabus of major themes that can be explored using the PAHx website; a textbook primer - The Physician Assistant: An Illustrated History; and the DVD - The Way We Were: A Conversation with the PA Profession’s Early Leaders. The Educational Tool Kit is a continuum of the PAHx Society’s efforts to make the history of the PA profession come alive, meaningful and inspirational for future generations of physician assistants. 


PA Programs and Constituent organizations interested in becoming annual PAHx Associates, please click here.


“I gave a small presentation, excerpting some of the highlights of the modules and the profession. The modules put PA history into perspective as to the climate of society and health care in the post-war era. The context made for a broader understanding of why the PA profession was created and how it fit into medical practice and how it added to the health care system. Students were generally impressed with the depth of the information and appreciated knowing about the opportunities and roadblocks that went into the eventual development of the modern PA profession.  Thanks for the hard work on an important endeavor.” 

Thomas P. Colletti, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, Chair & Director, Campbell University PA Program


"Many thanks for developing the Educational Toolkit. I incorporated it into my history of the profession lecture and it was extremely useful. The information is thorough and well organized with exceptional pictures and videos. I intend to continue to use this valuable resource and to find other areas where it can be utilized. Thank you, again!"   

Miranda M Collins MEd, MPAS, PA-C,  Program Director,  Marietta College PA Program


PAHx Website Guide

The PA History Society’s Illustrated PA History website and PastPerfect™ online database contains a wealth of information about the development and expansion of the PA profession overtime.  It is a valuable compendium for the teaching of professional history and issues to PA students and a primary source of information for researchers.  It is our desire that this guide will help you better navigate and find pertinent information on our website.  We want the Society’s collection to be used for literary, academic and research purposes according to the highest standards of accountability.  Please refer to the Societies Terms of Use policy for guidance. 


The Society’s collection continues to grow and new items are added regularly to the Illustrated PA History website and the PastPerfect™ database.  So visit the site frequently and read the Society’s quarterly newsletter, Historical Happenings, for updates.  Click here to access the helpful tips for navigating the website.


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