Medical Careers: Surgery Physician Assistant Jobs



become a sygery physician assistant

When you are looking for work as a Surgery Physician Assistant it can be a little daunting. You need to make sure that you have all the right qualifications and experience when you are doing your job hunting.

Surgery Physician Assistant jobs pay very well on the average of $90,000 and upwards of $200,000 per year. With this kind of pay, these jobs are highly sought after. Candidates to fill these job openings are also in high demand as there aren’t enough people qualified to fill the openings.

Probably the first thing you need to know is what is expected of a Surgery Physician Assistant. Whether you are the first or second assistant your duties are probably going to be similar to the following. You will need to know how to perform Venipuncture and arterial Punctures, as well as how to place venous and arterial lines and Foley catheters. You may also have to know how to make the closing incisions so that you can close up after the surgeon is finished.

You will have to have your Physicians Assistant Certification before you can apply for any of the many Surgery Physician Assistant positions. Many of these jobs will require that you have at least one year of surgical experience before you can apply. Some jobs will want more others will require less. You will have to be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time. Applicants will also need to know how to harvest conduit both in open methods or endoscopically.


You must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), which is a computer based multiple choice test that will test your general medical and surgical knowledge.

Physician Assistant’s must be able to deal with not only the doctors they are reporting to but interact with tact and discretion with the support staffs and the family members of their patients. Because of the strain of the job many hospitals request that you have no physical limitations.

Being a Surgery Physician Assistant can be fun and rewarding. For those Physician’s Assistants who have at least a year of experience in the working in an operating room and can handle the fast pace of surgery you can find it a wonderfully rewarding job.

First things first, you must get certified at an accredited school.Then, you must get work at a healthcare facility. The average Physicians Assistant has about 4 1/2 yrs of experience working at a healthcare facility.

As a general requirement, Physicians Assistant’s are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree so choose one that offers coursework in healthcare to get the experience that you’ll need.

Licensure is required by all states and the District of Columbia. PAs are certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

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