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History of Medicine speaker shares origins and evolution of physician assistant education

On Nov. 14, 2019, Dr. P. Eugene “Gene” Jones presented the lecture “A History of Physician Assistants” at Penn State College of Medicine as part of the annual History of Medicine speaker series.

A head-and-shoulders professional photo of P. Eugene Jones, PhD, PA-C Emeritus

P. Eugene Jones, PhD, PA-C Emeritus

Dr. Jones spoke to more than 50 people in attendance on the history of physician assistants in the military and the evolution of physician assistant educational programs in the United States. The lecture weaved the formal history of physician assistants with Dr. Jones’ personal experiences in the military and as a physician assistant educator.

Dr. Jones began his health care career in the U.S. Navy, where he spent five years as a hospital corpsman assigned to the U.S. Marines, followed by 15 years of service as a Navy PA. He retired from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he served as department chair and PA program director, in 2017, and still serves in an emeritus capacity.

The event also included a reception after the talk where attendees were able to talk with Dr. Jones and view the exhibit “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care,” provided by the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine program.

This event was sponsored and hosted by Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons.

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