Become a PA Historian!

How to Save, Study and Share the story of PAs, our History, and Legacy


A 2-day Historian Boot Camp

This activity has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 12 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. 

What: “Become a PA Historian Boot Camp”

When: September 27th & 28th from 9 am – 5 pm each day

Where: The PA History Society and NCCPA offices located in Johns Creek, GA

Registration Fee: $225.00

Fee includes a Boot Camp Handbook, lunch on both days of the Boot Camp, and a group dinner the evening of September 27th.

Two $500 scholarships will be offered to help cover expenses to attend the Boot Camp. Priority will be given to those who will not be receiving institutional funding. Please download the PA Historian Boot Camp Scholarship form by clicking here.

Participants will be responsible for their own transportation (to and from Johns Creek) and their hotel accommodations.

Recommended Accommodations: A room block has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn/ Johns Creek, located across the street from the PAHx/NCCPA offices. The daily rate is $171 which includes a complimentary breakfast buffet.

The PA History Society will provide complimentary shuttle service from the PAHx office to the Atlanta Airport on Friday afternoon after the Boot Camp concludes.

Registration will be open until June 1, 2018 on a first come basis for 24 participants.

To register, please email or call us at 678-417-8682

Once the Boot Camp is filled, the first 24 participants will be notified and required to pay their registration fee within one week of notification.

Boot Camp Participants will learn how to:

  1. Organize and preserve historical documents
  2. Attain archival skills for research and study
  3. Become an advocate for PA History and the profession
  4. Develop techniques to creatively write and speak about PA History

Objectives:  By the end of the Boot Camp, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role and duties of a historian and explain why capturing and understanding PA history is important.
  2. Use the PA History Society’s Historian Toolkit as a beginner’s guide and reference
  3. Explain the role and work of archivists; how to identify, collect, arrange, describe, and preserve historical documents; and how to access and use historical documents found in institutional and private repositories.
  4. Appreciate the use of oral history methodologies to capture the recollection of individuals about historical events, personal challenges and life experiences; understanding the ethical and legal issues involved.
  5. Appreciate the use of timelines and milestones to provide a chronological overview of an organization’s history; and how to develop a timeline for their own institution or organization.
  6. Use the PA History Society’s Educational Toolkit and website to teach PA students and others about the history of the PA profession.
  7. Critique recent published articles for PA profession’s 50th anniversary and PA History Society products to determine scope of topics and areas needing more research.
  8. Appreciate and understand the various methodologies used to “tell the story” of the PA profession, such as memoirs and biographies, Power-point slides and poster presentations and use of social media networks.

Boot Camp Facilitators:
Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C Emeritus              Reginald D. Carter, PhD, PA 
Henry “Hank” Heard, DHSc, PA-C                 Maha B. Lund, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C                         Michelle N. Schabowski, MSIS

For more information please contact the PA History Society office at:

678-417-8682 or

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