Surgical physician assistants are ighly skilled clinicians who have didactic and clinical training to function in all areas of the peri-operative environment, including pre-admission, testing, intra-operative first assisting, PACU care, SICU care, step-down unit, outpatient clinic, office practice, and even home care. They are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, and preventative maintenance under a physician's or surgeon's supervision.
They need to take courses in basic health sciences and clinical medicine the first year, with the second year focusing on clinical experiences in a series of core and elective rotations, which takes approximately two years to complete. Successful applicants to PA programs need to have an average of 4.5 years of healthcare experience.
A surgical physician assistant makes on average $189,957 per year or $91.33 per hour.