Celebrating 50 Years

Throughout 2022, PAEA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The Association was founded in 1972 to provide a forum for collaboration and discussion among program faculty. Since that day, it has remained a hub for connection while becoming so much more. PAEA has grown tremendously thanks to our members, the PA programs and educators bonded in purpose and passion. This year, we invite you to join us in celebrating the Association’s history of leadership, growth, and service.

Celebrating Our History 

Share Your Story

Throughout the year, PAEA will celebrate our progress. We’ll share stories that look back at key moments in our history, highlight our members’ impressive accomplishments, and share our vision for PAEA’s growing role in advancing the profession and graduating future generations of compassionate, practice-ready PAs.

As a part of this celebration, we want to collect and share stories from each of our member programs. Whether your program has been educating students for five or 45 years, we want to hear from you. Submit your program’s history, your personal reflections, and photos at the link below to help us share our history through your lens.

Share Your Story

PAEA Golden Games: The History of Grand Valley State University PA Program

Congratulations to Grand Valley State University PA Program, winner of the PAEA 50th Anniversary Golden Games. Throughout the year, PAEA has been highlighting our members’ program milestones and personal reflections. This student-led competition offered PA students the chance to share their program’s history in unique and innovative ways.

PAEA Timeline

Want a quick run-down of the Association’s history? Learn about the moments that brought us to where we are today.

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Get Social

Help us spread the news! Share your 50th Anniversary reflections on your social media sites. Share what PAEA has meant to you, special memories, and photos. Be sure to tag PAEA and use the hashtag #PAEATurns50 so we can see your post.

Aren’t sure what to post? Save this shareable 50th Anniversary graphic.

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