In 1969 MEDEX graduated it’s first class. Among the 14 graduates were John Betz and Paul Snyder, former military corpsmen. Together, Betz and Snyder moved to rural Othello, Washington— population 4,000— to work under Richard Bunch and Kenneth Pershall, two rural doctors struggling to keep up with their patient load. This was the beginning of the physician assistant profession, told firsthand by Betz, Snyder and Dr. Bunch. All three are recipients of a special MEDEX PA Pioneer award for 2015. Running time: 9 minutes.