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I am was wondering how long and if it’s possible is the surgical tech route to a PA? I do not want to limit myself to the OR becoming a first assist but I have always wanted to work in the or starting as a tech but also advance my career to a PA. Does anyone have any tips or information on how to do that and if it’s good or bad?

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On 7/20/2021 at 5:48 AM, Coleshine said:

I am was wondering how long and if it’s possible is the surgical tech route to a PA? I do not want to limit myself to the OR becoming a first assist but I have always wanted to work in the or starting as a tech but also advance my career to a PA. Does anyone have any tips or information on how to do that and if it’s good or bad?

Yeah I had two in my class. They struggled a bit with the didactics but crushed their rotations. Suppose if you can deal with the OR culture you can deal with anything.

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I precepted a very experienced tech to PA in family medicine rotation.  It was her first rotation, and the two core things she had to master from that learning curve--talking to patients and documentation--were the steepest learning curve, but she did fine. Skin biopsy, though? Hand her the tools and kinda review what needs to be done. 🙂  I precepted a scribe later that year, and he had exactly the opposite challenges.  PA school is to find and shore up your weaknesses.

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I was an ST in the Navy (as well as a Gen Duty Corpsman) and not too much in being an ST gives you a leg up except for suturing and knowing the OR protocols etc. You still have to do all the PA Pre-reqs. I suppose you'll ace your surgical rotation as I did though it was my toughest one (it involved managing pts pre and post op as well as clinic time which we didn't do as STs). I had other pre-PA professional experience too so my perspective is not strictly from a ST to PA...But It is definitely possible but you have to do the other preparatory things. Go For It!!!

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Do you have a Bachelor's or prr-reqs already? There is a lot that goes into managing patient before and after the operating room. If you have a good relationship with the surgeons and anesthesiologists I would ask them about the pathology and why the patient needs surgery and what other options are for medical management. That will give you a head start on didactics 

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