Happy PA Week!

Welcome fall (for most of you, but not us yet in the Southern part of the State)! October brings cooler temperatures, but much more importantly Physician Assistant Week.

A little history for you…do you know why PA Week is in October? The first PA class graduated from Duke on October 6, 1967, which is also Dr. Eugene Stead’s birthday. Thanks to Dr. Eugene Stead our profession became a reality. The first PA Act was passed in Georgia in 1972.

Dr. Stead was born outside Atlanta, October 6, 1908. He went to undergraduate and medical school at Emory University. After training in Boston and Cincinnati he became a faculty member at Harvard and Boston City Hospital. In 1942, he became the youngest chairman of the Department of Medicine at Emory and became Dean in 1946. In 1947, he left Emory for Duke University and became the Chairman of the Department of Medicine. In 1967, the first class, 3 students, graduated from Duke’s Physician Assistant Program. Today there are 246 accredited programs in the US, 7 are in Georgia. Over 3,000 PAs practice in Georgia.

So Happy PA Week! Be on the lookout for PA Week postings from GAPA.


Kate McIntosh, PA-C, MPAS
GAPA President 2019 – 2020

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