Postgraduate Programs


The PA Surgical Residency Program is an intensive 12-month program, available to four residents per year, administered by the UF Department of Surgery. Clinical duties are performed at UF Health Shands Hospital.

OUR AIM: Our program provides an educational and nurturing environment to educate and enable physician assistants in providing care for the most complex surgical patients. We aim to help physician assistants develop keen judgment and technical abilities in different aspects of surgery, thus increasing their confidence in their chosen specialty. Additionally, PA residents will obtain clinical and didactic knowledge that would take years of on-the-job training to obtain thus opening avenues of more professional opportunities to them with increasing autonomy and responsibility.

OUR MISSION: Our program is dedicated to innovation and the future of medicine by creating proficient and dedicated physician assistants capable of administering exceptional patient care in the surgical environment at a high volume tertiary care referral center.


Clinical Rotations: Residents will rotate on the following clinical services:

  • General Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Transplant Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Acute Care Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Critical Care Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Vascular Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Pediatric Surgery – 6 weeks
  • Elective Rotation (choose from Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery) – 6 weeks

Didactic Sessions:

Residents will attend weekly educational sessions (general and service specific) and the service specific preoperative conference. They will also participate in simulation activities, including:

  • Introduction to surgical instruments and knot tying
  • Wound V.A.C. placement
  • Suture lab
  • Intestinal anastomosis
  • FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) skills
  • Vascular Anastomosis
  • CVL (Central Venous Line) placement
  • FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) examination
  • Ortho Casting and splinting workshop
  • ACLS Code protocols with simulation
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy workshop
  • Laparoscopic anastomosis workshop
  • Wet lab (porcine model)


Every PA surgical resident will be provided ATLS and ACLS certification upon completion of their PA residency.

Each resident will be provided:

  • One surgical textbook
  • One suture kit
  • Two lab coats
  • Access to SCORE (Surgical Council on Resident Education) curriculum
  • PA surgical residency manual

For further details, please contact:

Department of Surgery

Dr. Atif Iqbal

School of Physician Assistant Studies

Ms. Pamela Patton, PA, MSP
Director of Admissions, William M. Hall Associate Professor
University of Florida College of Medicine School of Physician Assistant Studies
P.O. Box 100176
Gainesville, FL 32610-0287
Fax:  (352) 294-8167
Phone: (352) 294-8150

For more information, please refer to our website below:



The North Florida-South Georgia Veterans Health System – University of Florida Physician Assistant Residency in Primary Care is a postgraduate training program that focuses on those areas of clinical practice that are integral for providing exemplary healthcare to the nation’s veterans. This 12 month program will expose trainees to a wide range of patients and their co-morbid medical and psychological diagnosis. PA residents will be offered a competitive stipend to participate first-hand in providing care in settings with remote and local access to electronic medical records  as well as state of the art diagnostic equipment and specialists. This in-depth exposure to the VA hospital and care system is the best possible preparation for a career as a team member in the VA system.

2019 PA VAMC Residency Brochure

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to this postgraduate program, applicants must be graduate of an ARC-PA accredited program, certified (or eligible for certification) by the National Comission on Certification or Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and be able to obtain a license to practice and prescribe as a PA in Florida.

Applicants must fill out and submit an application to include the following:

  • Complete and signed copy of the application form
  • Complete transcripts from PA training (to be sent from training institution)
  • 3 letters of reference (including one from your program director)
  • Current CV
  • Official proof of NCCPA certification or documentation of scheduled date to take the exam
  • Offical proof of ACLS and BLS certification (if completed)
  • Personal Statement

A link to the application can be found below. The application and all supporting documentation can be sent to:

Pete Breitinger, MPAS, PA-C
University of Florida School of PA Studies
P.O. Box 100176
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0176

2019 Post Graduate Application


Applications Due Date: April 26, 2019

Interviews: April 29 – May 25, 2019

Final Decision: June 1, 2019

Residency Start Date: July 2, 2019 (may be flexible with start date)

Contact Information

If you have additional questions about this postgraduate program, please contact Laurence Hood or Pete Breitinger.

L. Chad Hood, MD
Assoc. Chief of Staff – Office of Education
Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center

Pete Breitinger, MPAS, PA-C
University of Florida School of PA Studies