1. Which of the following titles has NOT been used in the past by the PA professional organization known by the acronym AAPA?
A. American College of Physician's Assistants
B. American Association of Physician's Assistants
C. American Academy of Physician's Associates
D. American Academy of Physician's Assistants
The current American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) has had several name changes over the years. It was organized and incorporated in North Carolina in 1968 as the American Association of Physician's Assistants. In June 1971 the name was changed to the American Academy of Physician's Associates but because of controversy about the use of the term associate, customarily used by physicians to refer to another physician colleague in practice, was changed in February 1972 to the American Academy of Physician's Assistants. The 's was dropped in the mid-1970s because PAs believed that the possessive "s" misconstrued the interdependent relationship between them and their supervising physician. The American College of Physician's Assistants established in Cincinnati and the National Association of Physician's Assistants based in NY City, were two of three other competing organizations that emerged between 1968-1972 to represent PAs, some of whom were informally trained.
2. Which First Lady attended and spoke at an AAPA Annual Conference while her husband was still in office?
A. Hillary Clinton
B. Barbara Bush
C. Nancy Reagan
D. Rosalyn Carter
Rosalyn Carter attended the AAPA Annual Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1980. Ms. Carter spoke to the general assembly advocating for improved delivery of mental health services, especially for homeless, uninsured and medically disadvantaged citizens. She is still an advocate and continues to work on the cause through the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. While President, Jimmy Carter signed on December 13, 1977 the Rural Health Clinic Service Act that provided Medicare reimbursement of PA services. (View diary entry for signing of the Act athttp://carterlibrary.galileo.peachnet.edu/diary/1977/d121377t.pdf).
3. Who was the first woman to become president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants?
A. Sherri Stuart
B. Judith Willis
C. Sherrie Borden
D. Clara Vanderbilt
Judith Willis was the first woman elected to serve as president of the AAPA. She served as the Academy's president from 1984-85, the 14th person to do so in the Academy's 17th year of existence. In 1985, the Academy's membership surpassed the10,000 mark. Six women have held the presidential office since 1991 when Sherri Stuart became the second woman to head the Academy. Sherri Borden held the office between 1996-1997. Clara Vanderbilt was first woman to serve as vice president of the organization in 1975-76.
4. In what year did the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) administer the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) to informally trained PAs and nurse practitoners (NPs) for the last time?
Since 1985, only individuals that have graduated from educational programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, CAHEA and CAAHEP, are eligible to sit for the PANCE. Any individual who passed the PANCE prior to closure of the examination to informally trained PAs or nurse practitioners maintained their certification and remained eligible to become recertified every six years by taking the PANRE (recertifying examination) or Alternative Pathway (additional CME with self-assessment examination).
5. Which institution was the first to offer a bachelor's degree to graduates of its PA educational program?
A. Duke University, Durham, NC
B. University of Colorado, Denver, CO
C. Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV
D. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Dr. Hu C. Meyers founded and served eight years as the director of the nation's first degree program for physician assistants at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. The first students were enrolled in September 1968 and graduated four years later in 1972. It was the first program to offer a liberal arts-based baccalaureate degree, the first to accept students just out of high school and the first to accept students without previous medical experience - a major departure from Dr. Eugene Stead's PA model at Duke University and Dr. Richard Smith's MEDEX model at the University of Washington. In 1974, the Child Health Associate Program based at the University of Colorado became the first program to offer graduates a master's degree.
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