GWU Physician Assistant Graduate Appreciated Program’s Class Size
As a Physician Assistant Student in a women’s health clinical rotation, Caitlin Heredia typically began her day at 6 a.m. assisting with surgeries. “Being a first assistant basically means that you are the surgeon’s third and fourth hands, so you maintain an open view of the area being operated on, hold retractors, maneuver the laparoscopic camera and instruments, and help close the incisions with sutures when the case is finished,” Heredia explained. “Surgeries may be as quick as 45 minutes, but I even assisted in one that lasted six hours. After our morning surgical cases, we either stayed at the hospital for an on-call day or headed to the clinic.”
Caitlin Heredia, Physician Assistant Studied Program
Office of University Communications, "GWU Physician Assistant Graduate Appreciated Program’s Class Size" (2016). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 1030.