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Historical Summary of the Physician Assistant

Historical Summary of the Physician Assistant

The position of physician assistant (PA) arose as a response to a dramatic rethinking of Americas medical delivery system in the 1960s, when the general public saw a critical shortage of trained and qualified physicians. In conjunction with new nurse midwife (CNM) and nurse practitioner (NP) designations, PAs helped to meet an increased demand for quality health care access.

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