The physician assistant surgical residency is an intensive 13-month program administered by the department of surgery at Duke University Medical Center. PA surgical residents are members of the surgical team and are involved in preoperative, intra-operative, and postoperative patient care.

The PA residency is designed to provide both advanced didactic education (one month) and a focused, surgical clinical experience (12 months) so that trainees and graduates will have the skills to provide high quality perioperative patient care. Learn more about our curriculum.

The PA residency is attractive both for new PA program graduates who are planning a surgical career and for practicing physician assistants who wish to redirect their careers toward one of the surgical specialties or enhance their knowledge and skills through post-graduate education.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be awarded from Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Department of Surgery.

Physician Assistant Training at Duke

The PA profession originated at Duke in the mid 1960s. Dr. Eugene A. Stead Jr., then chairman of the Department of Medicine, believed that physician assistants could increase consumer access to health services by extending the time and skills of the physician.

His vision, guidance, and influence were instrumental in founding the Duke PA Program, which continues to flourish as one of the premier PA training programs in the country.

Contact Us

For more information about the PA surgical residency program, contact:

Program Coordinator

Jennie Phillips
Duke University Medical Center
Regular Mail: Box 3530
Durham, North Carolina 27710


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program status to The Duke Postgraduate PA Surgical Residency Program sponsored by The Department of Surgery, Duke University Hospital.

Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program is the status of accreditation granted when a new or currently accredited clinical postgraduate program is in compliance with the Standards for Clinical Postgraduate Programs. Accreditation-clinical postgraduate program remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards, ARC-PA requirements or procedures.

Accreditation-Clinical Postgraduate Program does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Learn More: Program Accreditation History


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