An orthopedic physician assistant (PA) works in clinical environment to provide physicians with assistance related to orthopedics. They perform tasks such as applying and removing splints and casts, removing sutures, changing dressings, and performing joint aspirations. Orthopedic physician assistants often need to determine a patient's need for physical therapy and may be responsible for referrals. They frequently perform rounds on behalf of the physician and report any problems back to the physician.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks
Perform routine outpatient procedures and surgeries including: regional anesthesia, tendon repair, incision and drainage, and wound closure and management.
Assist orthopedic physician in examining and diagnosing skeletal and joint problems.
Assist in surgery, performing actions delegated by physician to allow her/him to focus on more technical aspects of the operation.
Conduct hospital rounds, write orders and perform other administrative and clerical tasks as needed.