Use of physician's assistants in a general surgical practice

Am J Surg. 1976 Apr;131(4):504-8. doi: 10.1016/0002-9610(76)90165-3.


A study has been made of three PAS employed in a rural, small town, general surgical practice during a four year period. Their work was equally divided among three areas: minor trauma, obtaining and recording data for history and physical examinations, and assisting at routine surgical procedures and endoscopies. This resulted in a significant saving of time for each surgeon who was thus freed for more time in the care of the more critically ill or injured patients.

MeSH terms

  • General Surgery*
  • Malpractice
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Physician Assistants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workforce