Bassett Healthcare Multispecialty Surgical – Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program

Bassett Healthcare Multispecialty Surgical – Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program


 (607) 547-3202  – Local Phone One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326

This program was developed in 2005 by Surgical Physician Assistants in multiple subspecialties to train PA¹s in surgery to have a well-rounded background in general and specialty areas of surgery.

Contact Information

Jennifer Skala
Program Director

Kelly Stone
Administrative Manager
(607) 547-3202 – Local Phone

General Description and History

This program was developed in 2005 by Surgical Physician Assistants in multiple subspecialties to train PA¹s in surgery to have a well-rounded background in general and specialty areas of surgery. The program is run by Physician Assistants and attending physicians at Bassett Medical Center including a regional network of five hospitals and 25 community health centers serving an eight county region in central New York. Residents spend most of their time in Cooperstown, New York at Bassett Medical Center, a 180-bed acute care, and inpatient teaching facility. Bassett is formally affiliated with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has Physician residencies in General Surgery, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, transitional year and a medical school.

The residency is 12 months duration with didactic and clinical portions ongoing throughout the year. Residents will participate in grand rounds, Surgical Case presentation, surgical subspecialty conference, Surgeon in Chief rounds Morbidity and Mortality conference, General Surgery Journal Club, Trauma conference and complete selected readings and/or attend conferences specific to each subspecialty rotation. The resident will be encouraged to be a self-motivated, lifelong learner. PA residents rotate through general surgery, emergency medicine, ICU/Cardiac surgery, Orthopaedic surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Gynecology, Otolaryngology, and Rural Surgery. They will have the opportunity to select one or two electives to complete during the last 8 weeks of the program. Residents should plan to work 50 hours a week plus one night of call a week. They will have 3 weeks vacation and 5 days CME with an allowance to attend the AAPA conference in May.

Cooperstown is the home of the beautiful Glimmerglass Lake and State Park and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The surrounding countryside offers unlimited opportunity for biking hiking and backpacking, picnics, boating, fishing, swimming, golf and much more. The community¹s Clark Sports Center has state-of the art recreational and fitness facilities.

Curriculum Overview

The resident will complete 12 months of clinical rotations with didactic activities included in each surgical specialty experience. The first rotation will include a one-week orientation period followed by 6 weeks of General Surgery and 4 weeks of Emergency Medicine. The resident will then rotate through surgical subspecialties for 4 weeks at a time including ICU/Cardiothoracic, Orthopaedics, Plastic and reconstructive, Urology, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, Otolaryngology, and Rural surgery. The resident will have a total of 8 weeks elective time at the end of the year to spend in one or two areas of interest.

The didactic portion of the program will consist of the core surgical conferences in conjuction with Bassett¹s Surgical residency program. This includes Surgical Grand Rounds and M&M, Surgical Case presentation, Tumor Board, Surgical subspecialty conference and Surgeon in Chief Rounds. While on a subspecialty rotation the resident will attend conferences specific to that subspecialty as well. At least 4 hours a week will be spent on conferences or other academic activity. In addition recommended readings from journals and texts will be compiled and given to the resident prior to the start of each rotation.

During the residency year the PA resident will select a preceptor to work with on a formal project i.e. research, poster presentation, journal article or conference presentation.
In May the resident will attend the AAPA conference with CME funds provided.

The resident will keep a notebook with clinical checklists of each rotation and a log of all OR cases. This will be reviewed on a biweekly basis with the medical director and program director in an effort to chart progress and discuss any deficiencies. The resident will be evaluated at the end of each rotation and will meet with their preceptor to go over the evaluation. This will allow for continued work on weaknesses during the subsequent rotations. All preceptors and staff PA’s will meet with the residents quarterly for lecture and an informal professional meeting.

Admissions Process and Timetable

Two residents are selected each year. Our goal is to accept individuals with specific surgical career goals.

Applications: Accepted on a rolling basis.  An interview is required after positive review of completed application.

Program Start Date: Dependent upon New York State License

Entry requirements: Applicants must be graduates of a ARC-PA accredited program, NCCPA Board certified, Eligible for NYS license or current license Completed application to include 3 reference forms , CV, personal statement, Official transcripts from college and PA school, Copies of BLS and ACLS or other certification.

Credentials Awarded

Certificate of completion.

Financial Information

Salary: $52,000
Benefits: 3 weeks paid vacation, Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Accidental Death/dismemberment Insurance, long term disability insurance, Pharmacy, Eye Care, Personal Spending account available through Bassett Beneflex program-a flexible benefits plan.
CME: 5 days and $2000.00 for AAPA conference
Housing: assistance available in finding local housing
Expenses: no specific expenses, you made need to purchase some texts for your personal use

Luis Oceguera, MD
Medical Director

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