We calculated that 25% of Surgeon's Assistants are proficient in Trauma, Ortho, and EMR. They’re also known for soft skills such as Communication skills, Compassion, and Detail oriented.
We break down the percentage of Surgeon's Assistants that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Trauma, 25%
Assist multiple Surgeons Vascular, Endo Vascular, ENT, General, Trauma and minimal Orthopedic surgeries.
- Ortho, 17%
Experience in Ortho, Eyes, ENT, OB/Gyn, General, Plastics and Endoscopy.
- EMR, 13%
Format of medical reports closely assimilated what is now the guideline of the current EMR format.
- Surgical Procedures, 8%
Prepared surgical suite for indicted procedure using sterile techniques.
- Patient Care, 8%
Assist other disease group with patient care as needed but limited such as toileting, dressing, and grooming.
- Surgery, 7%
Prepare surgery trays, prepare local anesthesia and administer anesthesia.
"trauma," "ortho," and "emr" aren't the only skills we found surgeon's assistants list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of surgeon's assistant responsibilities that we found, including: Communication skills can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a surgeon's assistant to have. According to a surgeon's assistant resume, "physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators" surgeon's assistants are able to use communication skills in the following example we gathered from a resume: "assumed additional duties as director for internal communications, bureau of medicine and surgery, office of knowledge management. " While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many surgeon's assistant duties rely on compassion. This example from a surgeon's assistant explains why: "patients who are sick or injured may be in extreme pain or distress." This resume example is just one of many ways surgeon's assistants are able to utilize compassion: "provided and directed patient care in an appropriate and compassionate manner. " Detail oriented is also an important skill for surgeon's assistants to have. This example of how surgeon's assistants use this skill comes from a surgeon's assistant resume, "patients must receive appropriate treatment and medications" Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "maintained accurate medical records and documented patient case history in detail. " A thorough review of lots of resumes revealed to us that "dexterity" is important to completing surgeon's assistant responsibilities. This resume example shows just one way surgeon's assistants use this skill: "physicians and surgeons may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences." Here's an example of how this skill is used from a resume that represents typical surgeon's assistant tasks: "gained invaluable knowledge of the medical industry and patient care; developed diagnostic and problem-solving skills through hands-on clinical experience. " As part of the surgeon's assistant description, you might find that one of the skills that might be helpful to the job is "leadership skills." A surgeon's assistant resume included this snippet: "physicians who work in their own practice must manage a staff of other professionals." This skill could be useful in this scenario: "delivered advice to surgeon general and executive leadership on public health policies, project implementation, and milestone establishment. " Another skill commonly found on surgeon's assistant resumes is "physical stamina." This description of the skill was found on several surgeon's assistant resumes: "physicians and surgeons should be comfortable lifting or turning disabled patients, or performing other physical tasks" Here's an example from a resume of how this skill could fit into the day-to-day surgeon's assistant responsibilities: "review history and physicals, check lab results and other diagnostic studies prior to all procedures. "
See the full list of surgeon's assistant skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a surgeon's assistant. We found that 31.7% of surgeon's assistants have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 6.4% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most surgeon's assistants have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every five surgeon's assistants were not college graduates.
The surgeon's assistants who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied medical technician and nursing, while a small population of surgeon's assistants studied medicine and biology.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, surgeon's assistants tend to earn the biggest salaries at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, and Marshall University. Take Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for example. The median surgeon's assistant salary is $360,653. At The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, surgeon's assistants earn an average of $355,958, while the average at Marshall University is $276,557. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on surgeon's assistant salaries across the United States.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at United States Army, United States Navy, and Kaiser Permanente. These three companies have hired a significant number of surgeon's assistants from these institutions.