What is a Physician Assistant?
A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally certified medical professional that practices medicine on a healthcare team with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medications, assist in surgery, and counsel patients.
Physician Assistants are credentialed providers and services are covered by all private payers, Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.
PAs are trained under the medical model and requires a Bachelor’s degree with a basic science background. The program consists of over 27 months with 12 months of didactic training in sciences, followed by over 2,000 hours of clinical rotations.
Formal surgical skills are covered in first year training and rotations allow for further skill development. Schools include a surgical course and have formal training of scrubbing, assisting, and surgical procedures.
The Physician Assistant in Surgery
“An Extension of the Surgeon”
PA Training provides extensive training in surgery and allows the PA to provide the following services:
*First assist in Surgery
*Pre-op and Post-op care
*Interpret diagnostic tests ( labs, xrays, MRI, CT)
How many PAs are in clinical practice?
There are over 100,000 PAs in clinical practice. There are over 35,000 PAs working in the surgical environment.
Surgical Assisting Experience includes, but not limited to:
Minimally invasive procedures
Anterior Cervical diskectomy
Cervical and lumbar laminectomy
Spinal cord stimulator implant,
Microscopic assisted cases,
Total joint arthroplasty (Knee, Hip Shoulder,Elbow) Partial joint arthroplasty
MakoplastyComputer Assisted Joint Arthroplasty
Periprosthetic fracture management
Wound vac application
Arthroscopic assisted ACL Reconstruction
Cartilage Restoration Procedures
Arthroscopic Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repair Capsulohaphy Biceps Tenodesis
Tommy John Reconstruction
Distal Biceps tendon repair
AC Joint Reconstruction
Laparoscopic procedures (hernia repair, nissen fundoplication)
Colon resection,(Open and laparoscopic hand assisted)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
Gynecological / OB surgery:
Laparoscopic oophorectomy and salpingectomy
Wound closure with flap advancement
Excision of malignant skin lesions