To help with the workload and identification process, guidelines and templates will be provided to those who are willing to help locate, identify, catalog and index materials residing in their own organizations, institutions, personal papers, archives or libraries. In time, the Glossary will be expanded to include additional terms and organizations associated with the PA profession with links to more detailed historic, online information and illustrations. Refer to the Thesaurus for themes, keywords and people mentioned on this website.
We are very interested in publishing articles that stimulate interest and motivate others to contribute similar materials. There is a vast amount of material residing in institutional and individual files that will be lost if corrective action is not taken soon. Please Contact Us if you know of material that should be included. Electronic reproductions are accepted and encouraged.
Once identified, located, properly stored and captured electronically, the archival materials will be featured in publications, exhibited at professional meetings, and displayed on the Society’s web site. The online illustrated history website tells the story of the development and impact that PAs have had on American medicine. The Society’s Research and Education Committee helps identify areas needing more documentation and study. The Society relies on a network of contacts based in various PA organizations and PA educational programs to gather missing documents and to initiate studies needed to fill gaps of understanding. The Society encourages, fosters and supports original research that explores key themes underlying inter-professional relationships, policy decisions and other activities crucial to the development and expansion of the PA profession.