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.
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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 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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