PA Surgical Residency

The PA Surgical Residency (PASR) Program is an intensive 12-month program, available to four residents per year, administered by the UF Department of Surgery. Clinical duties are performed at UF Health Shands Hospital.

OUR AIM: Our program provides an educational and nurturing environment to educate and enable physician assistants to provide care for the most complex surgical patients. We aim to help physician assistants develop keen judgment and technical abilities in different aspects of surgery, thus increasing their confidence in their chosen specialty. Additionally, PA residents will obtain clinical and didactic knowledge that would take years of on-the-job training to obtain, thus opening avenues of more professional opportunities for them with increasing autonomy and responsibility.

OUR MISSION: Our program is dedicated to innovation and the future of medicine by creating proficient and dedicated physician assistants capable of administering exceptional patient care in the surgical environment at a high-volume tertiary care referral center.

Example PASR Rotation Schedule

  • Block 1 Colorectal & Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Block 2 Burn Surgery
  • Block 3 Pediatric Surgery
  • Block 4 Breast/Melanoma/Sarcoma/Endocrine Surgery
  • Block 5 Plastic Surgery
  • Block 6 Acute Care Surgery
  • Block 7 Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Block 8 Pancreas/Biliary Surgery
  • Block 9 Elective
  • Block 10 Transplant Surgery
  • Block 11 Vascular Surgery
  • Block 12 Trauma

Didactic Sessions

  • Surgical Grand Rounds
  • Surgical M&M
  • Knot Tying/Suturing/Incision & Drainage/Biopsy
  • Non-Invasive Airway/Chest Tube/US-Guided Central Lines
  • Fundamental of Laparoscopic Surgery Skills
  • Ostomy Sitting & Troubleshooting
  • Blunt & Penetrating Trauma
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Stapler & Energy Devices
  • Wound Vac
  • Palliative Care
  • Root Cause Analysis

Stipend & Benefits

The University of Florida Department of Surgery Postgraduate Surgical Residency for Physician Assistants will be a 12-month employment contract. The stipend & benefits are on par with that given to PGY-1 housestaff at the University of Florida. This includes 15 days of vacation leave & 5 days of sick leave. More information about house staff benefits, including updated stipend information, at the University of Florida can be found here.

  • One suture kit
  • One lab coat
  • Access to SCORE (Surgical Council on Resident Education) curriculum
  • PA surgical residency manual

2024-2024 PA Surgical Resident Handbook


Program Director & Program Coordinator

Mazen Al-Mansour

Mazen Al-Mansour MBBS

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 265-0535
Cameron M Ghalayini

Cameron M Ghalayini

Res/Fellowship Program Crd I
Phone: (352) 594-5119