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Rutgers Hosts National Library of Medicine Exhibit on Physician Assistants

February 6, 2018
National Library of Medicine exhibit

Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care is on display now at New Jersey Medical School and will travel to the School of Health Professions in mid-February.

Rutgers University Libraries are proud to welcome Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care, a 6-panel traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine, to Rutgers University. The exhibition was on display in the Medical Sciences Building at New Jersey Medical School through February 21, and is now on display on the first floor of the Library of Science and Medicine through March 24.

The exhibit will also be on display in the Great Hall of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 4 – 6 pm on March 1, as a centerpiece of a reception and celebration of “50 years of PA History” hosted by the Rutgers Physician Assistant program. The Rutgers PA program is part of the Rutgers School of Health Professions, and recently relocated to the 6th floor of the Robert Wood Johnson Research Tower. The March 1 event is a job fair for PA students and an open house for the PA Program. The event is co-hosted by the PA programs at Seton Hall University and Monmouth University. 

Physician assistants are partners in health care who collaborate with other medical professionals to provide outstanding medical care. Commonly known as PAs, they are licensed to diagnose, treat, and care for patients under a physician’s supervision.

Collaboration has been the foundation of the profession since the first graduates from the initial PA program at Duke University in 1967. Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care explores the profession from its early beginnings to the present day, documenting its diversity, collaborative nature, and contributions to the field of medicine and patient care.

The Rutgers PA Program was founded in 1975 by the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School and the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. However, not until 1992, after years of lobbying by the program faculty and other members of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants, was legislation passed permitting PA practice in New Jersey. The program has a current class size of 50 students and a core faculty of 15.

“We are delighted to host this National Library of Medicine exhibit at Rutgers,” said Bob Vietrogoski, special collections librarian at the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences. “The history of PAs demonstrates the growing importance of this medical profession within American health care.”

Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care began traveling around the United States in November 2016. For more about the exhibit, visit This exhibit was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society.

Front page photo credit: University of Utah PA students examine patients in a remote Nepalese village, Ghandruk, Nepal, 2015 ©Nick Pedersen/Courtesy UPAP