August 10, 1974
On this day, Indiana's first program to train physician assistants was announced by the School of Medicine and by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
The idea of training individuals to perform specified clinical tasks arose in the 1960s as a means to alleviate physician shortages and reach under-served populations. The notion took off in the United States as a method to educate highly skilled clinicians more quickly and less expensively than physicians. PAs work closely with physicians to treat patients in many different clinical settings.
At IUPUI, the education and clinical training of physician assistants resides in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which spun off from the School of Medicine in 1991 to train a wide variety of health-related professions. The IUPUI program lasts seven semesters completed in 27 months.
To research the history of the physician assistant program at IUPUI, please contact the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives firstname.lastname@example.org.