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.



During the month of March, the PA History Society will feature several outstanding women PAs who have contributed to the growth and success of the PA profession. Although we cannot salute all of the amazing female PAs in one month, the Society would like to spotlight a few of the outstanding women each week.    Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT (Karuna®, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master), a physician assistant since 1979, has provided leadership to Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMTnational and Ohio organizations.  Pagel’s extensive work includes Secretary/Treasurer of the AAPA for the 2012-2014 term, along with numerous roles within the AAPA and PA Foundation. She developed the Cleveland Clinic Physician Assistant Services Department, and her unprecedented legislative work with the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants moved the physician assistant community forward, enabling Ohio to meet the demands of government health care initiative.  Read more about Ms. Pagel  here.


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