Robert E. Jewett, MD, (1934-2014) served as the third President of the Physician Assistant Education Association during the 1974-75 year, assuming leadership as the new National Office, providing administrative services to both PAEA and AAPA, opened in Washington, DC.
Dr. Jewett was born and raised in Michigan, where he received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Michigan. He graduated cum laude from the School of Medicine in 1958. He was then trained in clinical pharmacology at the University of Kansas, where he joined the faculty, becoming Professor of Pharmacology, conducting psychopharmacology research.
In 1965 Dr. Jewett moved to Emory University, ultimately to become Executive Associate Dean of the School of Medicine. Among his achievements at Emory, was the establishment of the Physician Assistant program, one of the earliest to be created in the mold of the Duke University model, and one of the programs to participate in the creation of the Physician Assistant Education Association (then called the Association of Physician Assistant Programs). He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1973.
In 1974 Dr. Jewett was appointed Founding Dean of the emerging College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Two years later he was recruited to become Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at yet another new medical school, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In July of 1982, he moved to the National Board of Medical Examiners as a Senior Medical Evaluation Officer and Director, NBME Examinations — Part 1. In this position he had responsibility for providing leadership in the design and development of the National Board Part 1 examination, working closely with test committees, as well as faculties of the medical schools. He assumed responsibilities, as well, for developmental efforts related to evaluation services within the medical schools. Dr. Jewett retired from the NBME in 1988 to become a gentleman farmer.
Dr. Jewett was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and served on the editorial advisory board of Psychopharmacologia, and an advisory group to the State Board of Medical Examiners in Georgia.
Dr. Jewett passed away after a period of declining health, at the age of 80, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida, on June 30, 2014.
Acknowledgments: This biography was written by Thomas E. Piemme, MD, with the assistance of Donald E. Melnick, MD, of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and was submitted to the Society in July, 2015. The photograph is courtesy of the PA History Society, Johns Creek, GA.