March 1989

The Training and Utilization of Surgical Physician AssistantsA Retrospective Study

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Norwalk (Conn) Hospital (Ms Brandt and Drs Beinfield and Laffaye); Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn (Drs Beinfield and Laffaye); and Office of the Vice President, St Louis University Medical Center (Dr Baue).

Arch Surg. 1989;124(3):348-351. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410030098016

• A community hospital's search for qualified surgical house staff in 1975 led to the development of a postgraduate residency program in surgery for physician assistants. Eleven years after its inception, the program's purpose and structure were reviewed, and its alumni, goals, and contributions were evaluated. A 1987 alumni survey provided data to assess the value of residency training to current employment and job satisfaction.

(Arch Surg 1989;124:348-351)