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Tips on Creating an Effective Physician Assistant Program

By Thomas Robb, DO

As Trauma Director and Chair of Surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, in Newburgh, New York, I have seen the rapid growth of physician assistants [PAs] in surgery first-hand, and can say that my daily life has been greatly improved by working with a PA team.

As surgeons, we need to adapt to the changes in health care, specifically the move to team-based care and value-based programs. My experience with PAs has been that they help us to better manage our busy practice, take away some of the routine stressors and help us improve care and outcomes for patients.

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