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Physician Assistant Shadowing Requests

There are a limited number of PA shadowing opportunities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; the application process is highly competitive. Individuals interested in a position must email the contact person for the department you wish to shadow in. Your email should contain your contact info as well as a 200 word essay that describes why you would like to shadow a PA and why you selected the department you are applying to shadow in. Please also attach your CV.

Please note that the shadowing experience is limited to one day and individuals are not permitted access to the Operating Room.

Departments that allow shadowing:

General Surgery

General surgery PAs- Primary responsibilities include providing pre and postoperative care, managing pain, and managing common surgical issues. Act as support for the resident teams on the inpatient surgical wards. There are 7 PAs in general surgery. Shadow one.

Inpatient Medicine

Inpatient Medicine PAs provide care to patients with a wide variety of illnesses that require hospitalization. Shadow one.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology PAs assist in interventional radiology procedures as well as care for patients both before & after these procedures. Shadow one.

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery PAs provide care to patients with a wide variety of conditions that require Thoracic Surgery. Shadow one.


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