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Catalog Number PAE00010
Title Lifesavers Then. . . . Caregivers Now - Physician Assistants
Description Inscription on dedication plaque: "Combat Medic/Corpsman Memorial -- May 2007 [. . .]
Combat medics and corpsmen serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars were the genesis of the physician assistant profession. These veterans, who provided lifesaving medical care under mostly harrowing conditions, were the inspiration for and the first enrollees in physician assistant educational programs across the country. To combat the very real social problems of gaining access to care in the late 1960's, the physician assistant movement in the United States effectively utilized the clinical skills acquired during tours of duty abroad by these self-sacrificing individuals. Combat medics and corpsmen, with their extensive practical experience and additional training as physician assistants, have significantly increased the availability of needed primary health care services in rural and inner city communities in this country and around the world. This sculpture was commissioned to serve as a constant reminder of the origins of a profession that keeps "service to the underserved" as one of its basic tenets. -- Don Pedersen, PhD, PA-C -- University of Utah PA Program"
"The motto and trademark Lifesavers then - Caregivers now - Physician Assistants has been used with permission of the Veterans Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants"

Notes John Prazen was a Korean War veteran and Navy corpsman (USS Sperry).
Object Name Statue
Artist John F. Prazen; Adrian Prazen
Artist 2 Adrian Prazen
Collection John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden
Search Terms Statue
Subjects Physician assistants
Wounded in war