This weekend Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery hosted Extremities in the Carolinas, a subspecialty conference for PA’s practicing in Orthopedics. Dr. Marshall Kuremsky was invited to speak on two topics, Compressive Neuropathies of the Upper Extremity, and Distal Biceps and Triceps Tears.
The conference took place in Charlotte, NC, the city where Dr. Kuremsky spent his Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency, at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC). In fact, he was introduced onstage by a Physician Assistant who had worked with him at CMC. During his residency, at Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Kuremsky was selected as a Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery. He went on to become the only orthopedic surgeon in the state with double Board Certification in Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine, and with this expertise he addressed the group of 250 Physician Assistants on Saturday.
Dr. Kuremsky treats upper extremity injuries in all age groups, with clinical interests including wrist and elbow arthroscopic surgery, elbow replacement, elbow ligament (“Tommy John”) reconstruction, labral and rotator cuff shoulder repair, endoscopic carpal tunnel release, and wrist ligament reconstruction, in the Apex, Brier Creek, and Raleigh locations of EmergeOrtho.
As the official organization for PA’s practicing in orthopedics, Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS) created this conference as an opportunity for surgeons and other experts to speak on the most requested topics in Orthopedics. Dr. Kuremsky was one of twenty specialists sharing the latest techniques, current literature, and pearls of wisdom for PA’s practicing in orthopedics.
Sam Dyer, PA-C, has been a Physician Assistant with Triangle Orthopedics, now EmergeOrtho, for almost 20 years, and runs the Orthopedic Urgent Care in Chapel Hill. Last year he was elected the President of PAOS, and in his tenure has been working to increase CME opportunities, including video, and building membership of PA’s and student PA’s.
Clifford Daub, PA-C, DC, and Jonathan Prentice, PA-C, also attended the conference. Cliff specializes in the Spine and sees patients in Durham with Dr. David Musante. Jonathan works with Dr. Ralph Liebelt seeing Hip & Knee, Spine, and General Orthopedics patients at the Durham office of EmergeOrtho.
In EmergeOrtho Greeater Triangle Area, over fifty physician assistants and nurse practitioners care for patients in orthopedics, rehab medicine, and bone Health. They work closely with the physicians in clinic and in surgery. The ten orthopedic urgent care offices in the greater Triangle area are staffed by these providers, enabling patients to pay a specialist copay as a more efficient, less costly alternative to the ER.
According to the American Association of Physician Leadership, nationally there are 416 PA’s for every 1,000 Orthopedic Surgeons. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are important providers in EmergeOrtho’s mission to deliver patient-centered care.