Program Information

The PA Surgical Residency 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 in providing 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 to them with increasing autonomy and responsibility.

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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.

Clinical RotationsResidents will rotate on the following clinical services for four to five weeks:

  • Acute Care Surgery and Burns
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery x2
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical ICU
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Elective Rotation (choose from Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT, Urology or repeat any from the above)

Didactic Sessions:
Residents will attend weekly educational sessions (general and service specific) and the service specific preoperative conference. Examples of potential simulation activities may include:

  • Introduction to surgical instruments and knot tying
  • Wound V.A.C. placement
  • Suture lab
  • Intestinal anastomosis
  • FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) skills
  • Vascular Anastomosis
  • CVL (Central Venous Line) placement
  • FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) examination
  • Ortho Casting and splinting workshop
  • ACLS Code protocols with simulation
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy workshop
  • Laparoscopic anastomosis workshop
  • Wet lab (porcine model)

Each resident will be provided:

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

Every PA surgical resident may be given the opportunity to attend ATLS and ACLS course.

Program Director:

George J. Arnaoutakis, MD
Assistant Professor, UF Department of Surgery
University of Florida Health Sciences Center
1600 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL  32610-0108

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