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hello, I am new to this site. what exactly does this entail? I know RNs, surgical techs, and PAs can function in this role but I never really understood what that meant.
 

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A first assist is the "first" assistant to the surgeon who is operating.

In academic hospitals, it is usually a job assigned to a junior resident. In community practices, the assist may be a CSA, RNFA, PA, even another physician.

The amount of work done will vary from surgeon to surgeon, case to case and assist to assist. I have some whom I will let close the wound and others whom are only holding retractors (and some cannot even do that well).