Physician's Assistant Program records, 1972-1986

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Collection Overview

Title:
Physician's Assistant Program records
Dates (Inclusive):
1972-1986
Creator:
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Abstract:
The 21-month program, originally called Medex, was designed to prepare the student to assist the primary care physician in providing health care in community settings to patients with a wide variety of problems. The program existed from 1972 until 1986.
Abstract:
The collection contains program records (curriculum materials, classes and practicums, internal evaluations, financial records), student activities and registration functions (academic records and calendar schedules), preceptorship and class information, and boards and associations accreditation records.
Collection Number:
433
Size:
4 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

The Physician's Assistant Program, originally named Medex, began in 1972 and continued until 1986. Robert L. Jones, M.D., the program's last director, donated his files on the program to create this collection. The Learning Objectives for the Overall Program, as cited in the program material, are as follows. The Program was 21 months in length. The first two semesters, conducted at the Hershey Medical Center consisted of classroom work in the basic and clinical sciences with clinical rotations to reinforce the principles presented. The student received intensive training in the basic and behavioral sciences. A background in communication and data-gathering skills was provided, along with the medical information necessary to become a participant in clinical problem solving. The clinical problems that were presented emphasized the content of primary health care. One semester, the Summer session, between the first and second academic year, was devoted to categorical clinical experiences. The final two semesters consisted of training in a primary care setting within the program area. The training was supervised by the physician preceptor at the community training site and was monitored by the program staff. The student worked directly with the preceptor obtaining complete histories, performing physical examinations, evaluating patients with acute complaints and chronic illnesses, and performing routine office procedures. The student also assisted the physician on hospital rounds and in making home calls. The goal of the training was to prepare the student to assist the primary care physician in providing health care to patients with a wide variety of problems. An active deployment program stressed placing the students in community settings. The training prepared the physician's assistant to aid the primary care physician in increasing the availability and quality of health care services. The ultimate role of the assistant to the primary care physician could not be rigidly defined because of the variations in practice requirements due to geographic, economic, and sociologic factors. The high degree of responsibility that the physician's assistant assumed required that, at the conclusion of formal education, he or she possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide those services appropriate to the primary care setting. These services might include, but need not be limited to, the following: 1. Making the initial approach to a patient of any age group in any setting to elicit a detailed and accurate history, perform an appropriate physical examination, and record and present pertinent data in a manner meaningful to the physician. 2. Performing and/or assisting in routine laboratory and related studies as appropriate for a specific practice setting, such as drawing blood samples, performing urinalysis, and taking electrocardiographic tracings. 3. Performing routine therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, and the suturing and care of wounds. 4. Instructing and counseling a patient regarding physical and mental health on matters such as diet, disease, therapy, and normal growth and development. 5. Assisting the physician in the hospital setting by making patient rounds, recording patient progress notes, accurately and appropriately transcribing and/or executing standing orders and other specific orders at the direction of the supervising physician, and compiling and recording detailed narrative case summaries. 6. Providing assistance in the delivery of services to patients requiring continuing care (home, nursing home, extended care facilities, etc.), including the review and monitoring of treatment and therapy plans. 7. Performing independently the evaluative and treatment procedures essential to provide an appropriate response to life threatening emergency situations. 8. Maintaining an awareness of the community's various health facilities, agencies and resources to facilitate the physician's referral of patients.

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Collection Overview

The records of the Physician's Assistant Program of the Hershey Medical Center are arranged in four series. The first series contains program records, specifically curriculum materials, classes and practicums, printed materials, internal evaluations and financial records.

The second series refers to student activities including calendar schedules, academic records, and commencement.

The third series contains information on preceptorships, general information and information concerning Classes I-XIII.

The fourth series refers to Boards and Associations, specifically the American Medical Association, Committee on Allied Health Education & Accreditation, Medex, National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants, and the Lebanon Veterans Administration Hospital.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Physician's Assistant Program records, PSUA 433, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Subject(s)

  • Medicine Study and teaching Pennsylvania Hershey

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