Winthrop University Hospital, a 593 bed teaching hospital which serves as the clinical campus for Stony Brook University School of Medicine is pleased to offer well qualified Physician Assistants a post graduate opportunity in orthopedic surgery. The 12 month program is designed to provide the Physician Assistant advanced knowledge in orthopedic surgery as well as the technical skills necessary to manage all aspects of orthopedic surgery.
The experience will encompass, but not be limited to, total joint evaluation and replacement, Sports Medicine, foot and ankle surgery, wound care, hand surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics, and the care of trauma patients. The Physician Assistant Fellow will be involved Ambulatory Orthopedics, managing in house patients, intra-operative procedures, as well as the pre and post operative care of the orthopedic patient. Orthopedic Surgery is a team approach comprised of attending surgeons, orthopedic physician assistants, orthopedic residents, physical therapists, nurses, nutritionists and social workers. Formal lectures and small group discussions will set the foundation for broad based learning while hands on procedural training will provide the technical skills necessary to practice with confidence and competence.
The goal of this residency program is to train the orthopedic physician assistant to be an extraordinary practitioner in all aspects of orthopedic surgery.
In response to a projected shortage of exceptionally trained Orthopedic PA’s and fostered by the exemplary model of the Physician/PA team which has been applied successfully in practice settings across the nation, and in particular, at Winthrop University Hospital, a postgraduate Orthopedic PA Residency is being offered to select candidates who meet the competitive application criteria and who is able to meet the physical and tactile demands of a Orthopedic environment housed in a Level 1 trauma center. The program will enhance the fundamental concepts of orthopedic medicine learned in a PA Program and further foster ones knowledge of patient care, evidence based medical knowledge, research principles, systems based medicine, and communication among the healthcare team, patients and their families.
The program consists of 12 months of intensive training in the sub-specialties of Orthopedics. Training hospital and ambulatory practice based and encompasses a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals. Patients in each of these environments are managed physician/PA teams whom you will regularly interact with. The faculty consists of renowned and well respected subspecialty trained Orthopedists, Radiologists, Plastic Surgeons, PA’s, and other clinicians. Formal lectures will be provided throughout the program year; didactic learning will also come from small group discussions and interaction with attendings, residents, highly seasoned Physician Assistants and other members of the health care team. Additional lectures offered by other hospital departments will be attended at the discretion of the program director.
The Physician Assistant will be involved in all phases of patient care including emergency department evaluation, admission orders, History and Physical evaluation, daily progress notes, morning and evening rounds, morbidity and mortality conference and all preoperative and post-operative intervention and management. A daily log will also be kept for review by the Program Director to ensure the Physician Assistant is gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to be a successful practitioner in the field of Orthopedics.
Technical skills will also be taught and perfected throughout the program year. The Physician Assistant will become proficient performing a vast array of invasive procedures, including, but not limited to, casting, splinting, joint aspiration, joint injection and closed reduction. In order to maximize the clinical experience, the Physician Assistant will work rotating hours to a maximum average of 60 hours/week, and during his/her training, will be paired with at least one or more experienced P.A.’s.
Interfaced with hospital and office based rotations will be lectures and case discussions specific to each sub-specialty as well as the overall management of the orthopedic patient. Below are examples of some of the experiences throughout the program year.
Interested applicants must fulfill the following prerequisites:
Graduation from an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant education program.
Successful completion of the NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination and current NCCPA certification
Possess a valid New York State License to practice as a Physician Assistant
Current BLS/ACLS certification
Submission of a completed application including 3 letters of recommendation from preceptors, supervising Physician Assistants or Attending doctors. One letter must be from the applicant's school program Director if the applicant is a new graduate.
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Admissions Process and Timetable
The Physician Assistant Postgraduate Orthopedic Residency accepts 2 applicants/year, one in January and one on July 1st. Applications are accepted from August 1st thru October for January consideration and February 1st to April 1 for July consideration. Competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. For more information about the application process, please visit www.Winthrop.org and follow the Education links to our program homepage. For additional information, please e-mail Michele White, PA-C. Residency Program Director at email@example.com.
Mark Grossman, MD Chief, Division of Sports Medicine and Director of Medical Education
James Capozzi, M.D. Chief, Department of Orthopedics
Dr. Glenn Teplitz, Chief, Hand Surgery
Dr. John Gaffney, Chief, Pediatric Orthopedics
Dr. Bryan Ding, Chief of Foot and Ankle
Dr. Sam Barzideh
Dr. Jason Gould
Dr. Meredith Lazar
Dr. Greg Sirounian
Dr. Jan Koenig
Dr. Leo Varriale
Christopher Breen, PA-C
Sharon Newman, PA-C