The physician assistant surgical residency is an intensive 13-month program administered by the department of surgery at Duke University Medical Center. PA surgical residents are members of the surgical team and are involved in preoperative, intra-operative, and postoperative patient care.
The PA residency is designed to provide both advanced didactic education (one month) and a focused, surgical clinical experience (12 months) so that trainees and graduates will have the skills to provide high quality perioperative patient care. Learn more about our curriculum.
The PA residency is attractive both for new PA program graduates who are planning a surgical career and for practicing physician assistants who wish to redirect their careers toward one of the surgical specialties or enhance their knowledge and skills through post-graduate education.
Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be awarded from Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Department of Surgery.
The Duke University PA Surgical Residency Program has been awarded full accreditation by the ARC-PA as of September 10, 2008.
Physician Assistant Training at Duke
The PA profession originated at Duke in the mid 1960s. Dr. Eugene A. Stead Jr., then chairman of the Department of Medicine, believed that physician assistants could increase consumer access to health services by extending the time and skills of the physician.
His vision, guidance, and influence were instrumental in founding the Duke PA Program, which continues to flourish as one of the premier PA training programs in the country.