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.


       A Memorial Day Appeal: Fundraiser Underway 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?          

Please consider donating $50, or more, to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the PA profession.  With your support, we can reach our goal of $72,000, the amount required to expand the Veterans Garden as a “place of remembrance” for veteran PAs.  We plan to dedicate the professionally landscaped Veteran Garden in April 2017. 


With a donation of $100, the first 50 individuals will receive a signed, numbered print of "Women PAs in Uniform" by artist  Don Pedersen, PA-C.  The print is 18"x24" and perfect for framing.

PAHx established the gardens in 2007 when a bronze statue of a medic bandaging the wounds of a fallen soldier was given to the Society to remember the contributions of former military corpsmen as pioneers of the PA profession. The Stead Center and gardens are regularly visited by PAs, Veterans and PA students. 


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 acceessible 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 and bricks will be embedded in the walkway and surrounding patio to honor veteran PAs and their service to our country. 


Tax deductible donations can be made online via Pay Pal at, 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


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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