Oral Histories

The Oral History Collection contains audiotapes, videos and DVDs with corresponding transcripts produced either by the Society or by others and then gifted to the Society. Holdings from this collection have been digitized and placed in the Society’s digital archival collection using PastPerfect™ software.

While there is no substitute for original correspondence and other primary source materials, interviews help us understand better the context in which decisions were made, offer fresh insights, and suggest directions for further research. The Society continues to identify, collect, catalog and preserve existing audio and video oral histories and is conducting additional interviews with key individuals to fill in gaps of missing information.

To access the entirety of our Oral History Collection, please visit our PastPerfect website here.

If you need help searching our Oral Histories, please click here for our Search Guide.

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FEATURED ORAL HISTORIES

BEN OLMEDO

Olmedo shares how he learned about PAs while he was in the Army and about his work with the Indian Health Service.

JORGE MUNIZ

Muniz creator and artist of the hit Medcomic, talks about his career as a PA, his webcomic, and his current projects.

ILARIA GADALLA

Gadalla shares how she switched from respiratory therapist to PA, her volunteer work, becoming a PA educator, and advice to PA students.

RON GARCIA-HERRERA

Garcia-Herrera talks about what drew him to the PA profession and his part in the development of the PAs for Latino Health Caucus.

RECENTLY ADDED HISTORIES

Kenneth Moritsugu >

Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret), shares his journey in joining the USPHS, his proud moments in the service, how he supported the PA profession, and his advice for those who want to join the US Public Health Service.

Mark Behar >

Mark Behar, PA-C, talks about how his interest in LGBT+ healthcare drew him to the PA profession, how he became an HIV/AIDS educator, the impact the AAPA LBGT Caucus had on HIV/AIDS healthcare and education, and the positive outcomes and lessons learned from the epidemic.

Peter Bergé >

Peter Bergé, JD, MPA, PA-C Emeritus, shares how he became a PA, his work in HIV/AIDS healthcare during the crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and why he attained a JD degree!

Katherine Thompson >

Katherine Thompson talks about her advocacy in interpersonal violence (IPV) and how she started her company IPV Educators to better educate healthcare providers on how to handle patients who are victims of IPV. She also shares her journey to become a PA, her time at MEDEX, and what she hopes the future holds for her!

Katherine GeeBah Footracer >

Katherine GeeBah Footracer, MS, PA-C, shares how she became a PA and how she helped out during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also offers her thoughts on how the pandemic changed healthcare and how PAs are viewed.

FEATURED VIDEO ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS

Megan Timpone

Timpone shares what made her decide to move from a career as a NP to a PA.

Ron Handlos

Handlos was one of the first PAs to practice in Montana and was instrumental is advocating for PA practice legislation in the state.

Oswald Ganley

Ganley talks about his childhood in Amsterdam, his years in college and in the military, and his journey to become a PA at age 67.

Bushardt is a PA educator and served as the editor and chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Reamer Bushardt

FEATURED AUDIO INTERVIEWS

Grace Landel>

Landel talks about how she became interested in the PA profession, her early years as a PA, working at an HIV clinic in the early 80s, and her involvement in programs to get health care to underserved populations.

David Glazer>

Glazer recounts his role as the first executive director of the NCCPA.

Ann Davis>

Davis shares her legislative and advocacy efforts to support the PA profession throughout the United States.

Marvin Kalachman>

Kalachman talks about serving as president of the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants and on the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. He specializes in mental health.

Ray Reed>

Reed talks about his part in helping to set up the first Army PA Program.

Oral History Collections

PAs and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic>

This oral history series highlights the role PAs and the AAPA LBGT Caucus played in healthcare during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

Medics and Corpsmen>

This project was originally in collaboration with the Maine Military Museum. This is a collection of interviews with PAs who began their health practitioner careers as either military medics or corpsmen.

The PA Profession in the Netherlands>

This series interviews those who helped start and shape the PA profession in the Netherlands.