Adam Grycko, Manitoba Physician Assistant in General Surgery

Adam Grycko is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant, and graduate from Manitoba’s Masters of PA Studies Program. He works as a General Surgery PA in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Here Adam sat with me during the CAPA conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario to discuss his journey to becoming a PA and his work and scope of practice as a General Surgery PA in Manitoba.

I got to know Adam meeting him at previous CAPA PA conferences, PA Research Poster Presentations, and at the PAs for Research, Education and Scholarship in Canada (PARSEC.live) (previously CPAEA) Research Kickstarter Workshop in Hamilton, Ontario. – Anne

Full Interview with Adam Grycko:

Watch Adam’s interview from the beginning, or visit the Youtube Video Page and use the shortcuts in the description box to jump to certain sections of the interview: 

Before PA School:

  • 0:15 Where I’m from
  • 0:40 Adam’s Experience Before PA School: Licensed Practical Nursing
  • 2:00 How Adam came across the PA Profession

Adam’s Experience in Manitoba’s PA Program:

  • 3:28 Adam’s Experience in 1st year PA school at Manitoba
  • 4:50 What’s involved in 2nd year PA school at Manitoba
  • 6:02 Core Rotations in 2nd year PA school
  • 7:28 Locations of 2nd year PA Clinical Rotations
  • 9:13 Finding work after graduating from Manitoba’s PA Program (Class of 2013)

Working as a General Surgery PA:

  • 11:24 Working as a General Surgery PA in Manitoba
  • 13:21 Getting Oriented as a new PA Hire in General Surgery
  • 19:09 Day in the Life of a General Surgery PA
  • 22:03 Common Conditions seen in General Surgery
  • 23:53 Adam’s Role as a PA in the Operating Room – Surgical First Assist
  • 26:41 Procedures done by a General Surgery

PA Scope of Practice and Building Competency as a PA

  • 27:55 Learning Procedures as a General Surgery PA
  • 29:13 Building Competency as a PA
  • 30:58 What Patients can Expect from me as a PA
  • 32:35 How Adam interacts with nursing & allied health on the ward
  • 34:10 The PA/MD Relationship: Interacting with a Supervising Physician
  • 35:19 Level of Autonomy as an Experienced Practicing PA
  • 37:02 Defining PA Scope of Practice
  • 38:22 What Adam enjoys about being a PA
  • 39:51 How Regulation affects PA Practice in Manitoba
  • 41:21 The Impact of Having a PA in a General Surgery Service

Final Notes

  • 43:18 Opportunities for Growth after becoming a PA
  • 45:23 Adam’s Current Research Interests
View Interview on Youtube