The PA History Society continually adds to its major collections of photographic and multimedia resources of leaders, places and events. These images are digitized and made available via the internet to students, scholars and the general public to promote a better understanding of the social, cultural, and historical impact of physician assistants on the delivery of health care services. They are drawn from a variety of sources including magazine, newspaper, newsletter & journal articles, books, negatives, photographs, slides, and filmstrips.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
Organizations that contribute an annual Educational Research Fee to the PA History Society are known as Associates. This donation goes to provide historical data and support to the institution in helping them educate their students on the history of the PA profession. As Associates, PA programs can choose to have a picture of their first graduating class displayed on our Web site. This collection includes only the pictures sent to us by our Associates. If you are a PA History Society Program Associate, and would like to have your first class graduation picture displayed on our Web site, please e-mail us a copy of your first graduating class or white coat ceremony photograh.
We invite anyone to use the Suggestion Box to notify us about photographs or multimedia which they think will be of interest to Society members or visitors to this site.
Please Contact Us should you have additional information (date, names of people in photograph, photographer, contributor, etc.) about any of the images displayed on this website.
Click on the thumbnails to see full size photographs with accompanying information.
The following is a list of film and video that currently exists in the Society's collection. We are seeking additional contributions of video and film to add to the collection. This material will be preserved electronically, cataloged and indexed in the online searchable archival database.
MEDEX North West produced and directed by Alan Paul Rhone for the University of Washington to document MEDEX program and graduates. Seattle, WA. [color film and video recording] 1970.
- Introduction and Title (48 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
- Dr. Richard Smith founder of MEDEX describes method of training (66 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
Status Report: the Physicians Assistant
produced by the Veterans Administration updating hospitals about the Duke PA Program, Durham, NC. [color film and video recording] 1971.
- Introduction and Title (53 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
- Steve Joyner, PA-C provides pediatric care in a rural clinic (39 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
Physician Assistants: Partners in Primary Care
produced by the Learning Resource Center and the PA Program, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to promote the PA concept to physicians and health administrators. Oklahoma City, OK [color film converted to video recording] 1976.
- Introduction and Title (50 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
- Why doctors need to employ PAs (27 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
The Physician Assistant: New Member of the Health Care Team
produced by Medical Media Production Services, Veterans Administration Hospital, St. Louis, MO (Steve Levey, director) to introduce audiences to the education and use of PAs in both rural and urban settings. Produced in cooperation with the St. Louis PA Program and VA Hospital.
[video recording] 1977.
- Introduction and Title (51 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
- Dr. Frances Horvath, St. Louis PA Program, explains prerequisites for admission into PA programs (43 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
- Why PAs are so great – personal testimony of employing physician serving urban community (36 seconds, Windows Media Streaming file)
Dr. James Cannon: Coast Guard PA
A look at the life, work, and education of Dr. James Cannon, a Physician Assistant for the U.S. Coast Guard. (Vimeo Video)
Physician Assistant: History of a Health Manpower Innovation
produced by Duke University Medical Center Department of Audiovisual Education. Durham, NC: Duke University. [video recording] 1993.
- Introduction and Title (50 seconds, Windows Streaming Media file)
- Dr. Eugene Stead, Jr., describes why he began the first formal PA education program at Duke (80 seconds, Windows Streaming Media file)
- The founding of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (60 seconds, Windows Streaming Media file)
Whatcha Going To Do (Going Back)
produced by WNVT, Northern Virginia Educational Television Associates as a children’s career videotape highlighting Joyce Nichols, PA-C working in a rural satellite clinic in NC in the early 1970s. [video recording] 1973.
- Joyce Nichols, PA-C, helped establish one of the first rural satellite clinics in the country (54 seconds, Vimeo Flash Video)
Interviews with PAs assigned to the White House, 1989
- John Carter and Dallas Diederich elaborate on their roles as Army and Air Force PAs assigned to the White House (1:52, Vimeo Flash Video)
Mike, Wain and Juanita: Physician’s Assistants
produced by The Film Program, Department of Theatre Arts, State University of New York at Stony Brook for the Department of Physician’s Assistant Education. SUNY, Stony Brook, NY. [video recording] c 1980.
The Surgical Physician Assistant/produced for the Norwalk
Yale Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program by Rediscovery Productions, Inc., Westport, CN. [video recording] 1983.
Doc! Livesaver then – Caregivers now
produced by MedVets, Inc. to highlight the contributions of medics who served their country in Vietnam and have continued to provide health care services as physician assistants. Washington, DC. [video recording] 1985.
PAs: A Dynamic Profession, Past-Present-Future
produced for the American Academy of Physician Assistants by Reel Resources, Inc. to market the PA profession. PAs are featured working in various clinical and non-clinical settings. Washington, DC. [video recording] 1985.
How to Market to the Physician Assistant … A Discussion for the Pharmaceutical Industry
produced for the Physician Assistant Journal by DP/PD Productions. Alexandria, VA. [video recording] 1989.
PArtners: The Future of Medicine
produced by the American Academy of Physician Assistants to promote the PA as a carrier option for high school or college students. Alexandria, VA. [video recording] 1990.
Clinical Skill Problems: An Orientation Program
produced for the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants, Inc. by the Duke University Medical Center, Division of Audiovisual Education. Durham, NC. [video recording] 1995.