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Working As An Assistant-At-Surgery

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $30,590

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant-At-Surgery Do At K.A. Recruiting, Inc.

* Cover the inpatient surgical service including general surgical patients as well as patients on the orthopedic, neurosurgery, bariatric, plastic surgery, urology, thoracic & colorectal services.
* Monitor and manage patients admitted to surgical services 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a rotating basis working 12 or 24 hour shifts.
* Provide first assist in the operating room for an exciting variety of surgical procedures.
* Independently perform procedures including chest tube and central line placements as well as wound-vac applications at the direction of the supervising physician.
* Provide surgical consults as needed in the emergency room

What Does An Assistant-At-Surgery Do At Northwell Health

* Takes initial patient histories and performs physical examinations.
* Initiates, documents and communicates the plan of care and follows-up to ensure complete screening and preparation of patients.
* Performs daily patient rounds.
* Writes orders for medications, laboratory work and diagnostic tests.
* Interprets laboratory and test results.
* Confers with attending physicians, residents, nursing staff and/or other care providers to ensure optimum quality of patient care.
* Upon discharge, notes discharge summaries, prescriptions and any referrals on patient charts.
* Informs patients of the necessary post-discharge care instructions.
* Performs related duties, as required

What Does An Assistant-At-Surgery Do At Ascension Health

* Obtains patient history and performs assessment.
* Orders, performs and interprets diagnostic procedures.
* Provides and documents direct treatment and management of health conditions.
* Provides counseling and education of patients and their families/caregivers concerning preventative health, treatment options and community resources.
* Performs preventative health assessments, screening, immunizations and care.
* Improve patient safety in the delivery of health care by understanding and applying the patient safety goal for SJH/Ascension of no preventable deaths or injuries.
* Responds to emergencies and to changes in condition of assigned patients.
* Collaborates with Physician and other caregivers of multidisciplinary team.
* Assumes joint responsibility with the medical staff to ensure that orders and plan of care, as they relate to the patient care, are appropriately carried out.
* Collaborates with Quality Assessment and Improvement to establish criteria and guidelines for auditing practice in area of specialty

What Does An Assistant-At-Surgery Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Clinical care for Neurosurgery and Ortho Spine patients: Formulates and implements medical and nursing plans of care for acute management of all Neurosurgery (inpatient, emergency department, and consult) patients with collaborating physicians.
* Assists with evaluation and triage of emergency room patients.
* Provides direct clinical services for Neurosurgey and Ortho Spine patients according to established protocols, using evidence-based practice and clinical practice standards, under the supervision of the collaborating physicians.
* Orders appropriate diagnostic and laboratory data under the direction of the supervising physician and communicates results to physicians and other health care providers.
* Assesses changes in patient status and institutes routine and emergency interventions to stabilize patients under the direction of the supervising physician and APP team.
* Documents plan of care and patient progress in medical records and narrative summaries.
* Evaluates and documents patient outcomes and revises the plan under the direction of collaborating physicians in association with other specialty consultants.
* Helps facilitates discharge planning along with patients, families, other members of the health care team and referral agencies.
* Collaborative role with other disciplines:
* Acts as the daily central liaison to all health care team members for patient care concerns Coordinates speech, physical and occupational therapies Participates in patient care conferences and peer quality review with collaborating physician, consulting medical teams, and other health care disciplines

What Does An Assistant-At-Surgery Do At Kaiser Permanente

* The Physician Assistant will practice as part of a team under the direction of their supervising physician.
* Primary Duties will be inclusive of the following but not limited to:
* Examines patient, performs comprehensive physical examination, and compiles patient medical data, including health history and results of physical examination.
* Administers or orders diagnostic tests, such as imaging studies, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests, and interprets test results for deviations from normal.
* Performs therapeutic procedures such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and managing infection.
* Performs other department specific diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
* Develops and implements patient management plans, records progress notes, and assists in provision of continuity of care.
* Instructs and counsels patients regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance and other relevant patient education.
* Based upon Specific Specialty, additional duties may include the following:
* Facilitate admissions, transfers, discharges.
* First assist in surgeries or perform procedures as applicable.
* Round on inpatients.
* Performs admission evaluation on patients to include: obtaining basic medical information and history, reviewing patient's medical record, performing physical exam, documenting findings into patient medical record, and reporting deviations from normal findings to attending physician.
* Provides patient and family with pre-operative/pre-procedure and other pertinent education.
* Answers questions regarding surgery or procedures, recovery and risk factor modification; provides blood transfusion information as applicable; performs peri-operative procedures; locates and utilizes diagnostic images, instruments and pertinent patient information.
* Reviews patient chart noting allergies, pertinent medical history, and abnormal physical findings.
* Assists in performing surgical procedures and other procedures consistent with the standards of care and practice guidelines.
* Depending on the specialty, may work as the First Assist during surgical procedures, start IV's, and/or perform suturing.
* Performs post-operative procedures to include entering standard post-operative orders into patient medical records; assists physicians with evaluation and management of patient's status during recovery; reviews vital signs, laboratory and diagnostic studies; assists with management of patients.
* Facilitates patient discharge; dictates discharge and transfer summaries in a timely manner.
* Other Duties
* The Senior Physician Assistant provides a high level of clinical and operational expertise and may function as a mentor to less experienced Physician Assistants.
* May collaborate with the supervising physician, manager and other department members on performance improvement activities

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How To Become An Assistant-At-Surgery

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.


Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.


Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Ukrainian

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

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Top Assistant-At-Surgery Skills

  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Surgeons
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform minor surgical procedures in clinical setting under local anesthesia.
  • Prepared for surgeries, provided direct patient care and ensured high levels of quality nursing care.
  • Furnished comprehensive administrative support to the clinic and its surgeons.
  • Assisted surgeons with preparation for surgery and provided technical support to operating surgeons; assisted with anesthesia administration.
  • Worked directly with physician in clinic setting, rooming patients obtaining vital signs, height, and weight.

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