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Medical Staff Affairs
One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326
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Surgical Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program

General Description

This program was developed in 2005 by surgical physician assistants in multiple subspecialties to train PA’s in surgery to have a well-rounded background in general and specialty areas of surgery. The program is run by physician assistants and attending physicians at Bassett Healthcare including a regional network of four affiliate hospitals and 28 community health centers serving an eight-county region in central New York. PA’s spend most of their time in Cooperstown, N.Y. at The Mary Imogene Bassett hospital, a 180-bed acute care, and inpatient teaching facility. Bassett has physician residencies in General Surgery, Primary Care, Internal Medicine and transitional year.

Currently, over 20 physician assistants practice within the Department of Surgery, including all of the subspecialties. The post graduate training program is 12-months in duration, with didactic and clinical portions ongoing throughout the year. PA’s will participate in grand rounds, surgical case presentation, surgical subspecialty conference, surgeon-in-chief rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Trauma conference and complete selected readings and/or attend conferences specific to each subspecialty rotation. The PA will be encouraged to be a self-motivated, lifelong learner. PA’s rotate through general surgery, ICU/Cardiac surgery, Orthopedic surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Gynecology, Otolaryngology, and Rural Surgery. They will have the opportunity to select one or two electives to complete during the last eight weeks of the program. PA’s should plan to work 50-hours a week, plus one night of call every other week. They will have three weeks vacation.

Cooperstown is the home of the beautiful Glimmerglass Lake and State Park and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The surrounding countryside offers unlimited opportunity for biking, hiking and backpacking, picnics, boating, fishing, swimming, golf and much more. The community’s Clark Sports Center has state-of-the-art recreational and fitness facilities.

Admissions Process and Timetable
Our goal is to accept individuals with specific surgical career goals.


May be submitted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  An interview will be required.  Application forms are available upon request.


Luis Oceguera, MD

Department of Surgery
Bassett Healthcare
One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326

Kelly Stone, Administrative Manager
One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326
(607) 547-3202

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