Table 1 – Comparison of a Sample Family PA, vs Ortho PA, vs Orthopaedic Surgeon
This is a table comparing a “sample PA” in family, Orthopaedics and then the schedule of an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Note that this is sample – PAs in Family and Ortho can have schedules, hours, and responsibilities that are different than what is presented here. This is just an example of a full time family PA that works regular hours (no evenings), and an Ortho PA that is one day a week in fracture clinic, OR, two days Orthopaedic outpatient clinic, and one day with a physiatrist one day per week. There are some Orthopaedic PAs who are strictly inpatient/ward management, those who work outpatient only, or others who are a combination of the different Orthopaedic settings depending on their practice location, and supervising physician.
Adding a PA to an Orthopaedic Surgery practice helps to reduce time in clinic (PAs do follow ups, consults, pre-ops, post-ops, injections), while increasing volume of patients seen and reduces administrative work (paperwork, medical dictation, medical legals, insurance papers, teaching, facilitating referrals, answering patient questions over phone, etc.).