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Program Details


The Duke University PA Surgical Residency Program is dedicated to innovation and the future of medicine by creating proficient and dedicated physician assistants capable of administering exceptional care to the surgical patient.

Program Goals

The goal of the PA surgical residency program is to prepare the resident to function as a qualified practitioner of surgery at the high level of performance expected of a certified physician assistant who is practicing in the field of surgery.

The education of physician assistants for the practice of surgery encompasses education in basic sciences, training in cognitive and technical skills, development of clinical knowledge, and maturity in the acquisition of surgical judgment.

The education program will include the fundamentals of clinical science as applied to surgery, including:

  • Elements of wound healing
  • Homeostasis
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Oncology
  • Shock
  • Circulatory physiology
  • Surgical endocrinology
  • Surgical nutrition
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Metabolic response to injury
  • Immunobiology and transplantation
  • Applied surgical anatomy
  • Surgical pathology
  • Relevant surgical subspecialties

For more information, download the program educational goals (PDF).

Additional Program Information


A competitive stipend will be offered in addition to the following:

  • Professional liability insurance
  • $75,000 group term life insurance
  • Two white lab coats
  • Meals and sleeping quarters when on call in the hospital
  • Parking provided in adjacent parking garage
  • Two weeks paid vacation

Additional benefits offered:  

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short term disability insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Prescription drug program
  • Reimbursement accounts for health care and child care
  • Retirement program