Due to the COVID-19, we have put our Physician Assistant Orthopedic Residency Program for the 2020-2021 year on indefinite hold. The uncertainty of a "return to normal" timeline makes it difficult for us to plan otherwise. We appreciate your understanding during these unusual times.

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OrthoAtlanta & Mercer University Physician Assistant Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

OrthoAtlanta in partnership with Mercer University College of Health Professions offer a comprehensive, 12-month physician assistant orthopedic surgery residency program to provide certified Physician Assistants the knowledge and technical skills necessary to assist in the evaluation and management of a full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions. Both institutions are dedicated to elevating the competency in the clinical application of orthopedics to provide graduates entering the marketplace with a competitive advantage.

OrthoAtlanta is one of the largest physician-owned orthopedic and sports medicine practices in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area providing an integrated approach to musculoskeletal care. With 39 physicians serving in 13 offices, and 450 employees, the practice provides the highest level of patient care for injury or deformity of muscles, joints, bones and spine for the entire family.

The goal of the OrthoAtlanta & Mercer University Physician Assistant Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is to provide the resident physician assistants with an in-depth hands-on experience in general orthopedics and its many subspecialties.  In addition to the weekly didactic component of the program, the emphasis of the curriculum is weighted towards an immersive clinical experience. Successful graduates will complete nine clinical rotations beginning with general orthopedics and sports medicine for 12 weeks, followed by rotations in each of the major orthopedic subspecialties including spine, upper extremity, joint replacement, hand and elbow, and foot and ankle. Subspecialty rotations will vary from 4 – 6 weeks.

In collaboration with Mercer University, students will be required to work closely with the faculty of the PA training program to provide teaching assistance in the lab as well as complete other assignment given by the faculty during the year.

The Mercer University College of Health Professions has been educating motivated individuals interested in pursuing a physician assistant degree since 2008. Every year 60 students are accepted into this very competitive program. The Mercer program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).


The Physician Assistant Student Handbook [pdf] provides program description, application process, curriculum, faculty, residency policies, completion requirements and more.

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