Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary
Job Description for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)
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.Read More...
Additionally, orthopedic physician assistants perform wellness assessments (physicals) on patients and determine appropriate treatment procedures. They should be able to document a patient's condition accurately in the patient's records. This job includes patient education, so the ability to communicate clearly is vital. They also must understand how to interpret MRIs and the results of common lab tests. In all tasks, orthopedic physician assistants must maintain patient confidentiality.
Orthopedic physician assistants generally report to an orthopedic physician. Hours for this position generally vary with the needs of the facility, and weekend and holiday hours may be necessary. Orthopedic physicians may also be on call. Orthopedic physician assistants must have completed an accredited physician assistant program, and they should be licensed to practice in their state. Additional certifications are often required but vary based on the employer.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)
Orthopedic Physician Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Surgery, spine, Orthopedics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Injections. Those proficient in Orthopedics are, more often than not, also skilled in Injections.
Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The relatively untested earn a median of $90K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $106K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $114K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $120K on average.
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