A surgical assistant functions in the role of a second physician, at the operating table. Ideally this individual should be another qualified surgeon or surgical resident. Non-licensed physicians or non-physicians with additional formal training and national certification as a surgical assistant are also acceptable, as deemed appropriate by the primary responsible surgeon, for the type and complexity of the surgical procedure.
Completion of an accredited Surgical First Assistant Program/Certification by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
Maintain 80 hours of CEU's every two years for certification
Two-five years experience in the operating room. Proficient in preoperative practice as both scrub and assistant with diversified operating room experience
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