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    I have just found about physician assistants and apparently they can assist in surgeries and do many things in their job without havin to study for 6 years. Does anyone know more about this job? When they say "assist in surgery" how much assisting is there? Could they eventually become the head surgeon?
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    No, they don't assist in surgery. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...cian-associate
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    If you want to become a surgeon, then you need to actually become a surgeon. There is some talk of physician associates being able to assist in surgery (I.e. hold things), but how wide spread this is/will become I have no idea.

    Would you like a surgeon operating on you having taken a shortcut? Or would you like them to have extensive training?

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    Yeah they do: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...and-regulation
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    Oh hmm okay. Thanks for your input.

    (Original post by Mushi_master)
    If you want to become a surgeon, then you need to actually become a surgeon. There is some talk of physician associates being able to assist in surgery (I.e. hold things), but how wide spread this is/will become I have no idea.

    Would you like a surgeon operating on you having taken a shortcut? Or would you like them to have extensive training?

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    I've not heard much about PAs being involved in surgery, other than a lengthy thread on them on this site where I think there was a fair bit of exageration going on.

    There's the surgical care practitioner role, you have to have a fair bit of experience to apply for it, there's some info about them here: http://southtees.nhs.uk/services/car...practitioners/

    Neither of these roles are routes to becoming a "head surgeon" though. If you want to be a surgeon, you'll have to study medicine then eventually get into surgical training.
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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    I've not heard much about PAs being involved in surgery, other than a lengthy thread on them on this site where I think there was a fair bit of exageration going on.

    There's the surgical care practitioner role, you have to have a fair bit of experience to apply for it, there's some info about them here: http://southtees.nhs.uk/services/car...practitioners/

    Neither of these roles are routes to becoming a "head surgeon" though. If you want to be a surgeon, you'll have to study medicine then eventually get into surgical training.
    oh right okay thank you I'll look into that more perhaps, I'll keep researching thanks.
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    I think you can become a surgical nurse where you take care of pre-op and post-op and assist during surgeries, but you would have to look into it further.
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    (Original post by geniequeen48)
    oh right okay thank you I'll look into that more perhaps, I'll keep researching thanks.
    If you're interested in perioperative care then also have a look at operating department practice or theatre nursing, these jobs might interest you.
 
 
 
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