Sam Dyer, PA-C, MHS, is a NCCPA-certified physician assistant with more than 20 years of practice experience in orthopedics. He also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Orthopaedic Surgery from the NCCPA. He practices at Emerge Orthopedics in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Durham, North Carolina. He is the current president of the PAOS, and writes an orthopedic blog on the PAOS website titled the OrthoPA-C. He has also authored an onboarding manual for PAs new to orthopedics, which can currently be read by PAOS members on the PAOS website, and plans to publish the work in the future. He has written numerous forum posts for the PAOS website and PAOS newsletter. He enjoys seeing a variety of patients and conditions in his practice. He also has developed a charity advocacy program for the PAOS titled PAOS CARES, where he teaches primary care providers at community health centers and rural health clinics MSK injection techniques.


BLOG: Case study 52-year-old right hand-dominant woman

November 25, 2019

by Sam Dyer, PA-C, MHS A 52-year-old right hand-dominant woman was seen in the orthopedic clinic after sustaining a fall from a horse. She had increased shoulder pain…

BLOG: 31-year-old who developed an acute viral infection as a child

October 23, 2019

by Sam Dyer, PA-C, MHS This case involves a 31-year-old man who developed an acute viral infection as a child while living in West Africa. He said there was no vaccine…

BLOG: Orthopedic urgent care offers new revenue stream

August 6, 2019

by Mike Harvey, PA-C, MBA Orthopedic urgent care is the current evolution of the same-day appointments or walk-ins that orthopedic practices have been doing for years…

BLOG: Prevent a lawsuit before it happens

July 5, 2019

by Sam Dyer, PA-C, MHS Standard of care is a legal term, not a medical term. It means what a reasonable and average provider of similar skill, experience and…

BLOG: Being a mentor requires different attributes, skills than what is required to be a protégé

March 29, 2019

Nearly 4 years ago, I authored a blog called, “Be the Perfect Protégé.” I detailed the qualities I thought were important to being a student of…

BLOG: Treatment modalities for patients with osteoporosis, osteoporotic fractures

February 25, 2019

by Daniel J. Acevedo, PA-C What are some treatment modalities we can comfortably recommend to patients with osteoporosis and patients with osteoporotic fractures?…

BLOG: Medications to treat osteoporotic fractures

January 25, 2019

Treating osteoporosis in an orthopedic practice is challenging. Orthopedic clinicians are typically not as well-versed in osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment as they

BLOG: Modalities used to diagnose osteoporosis

December 20, 2018

This installment of osteoporosis primer for PAs will focus on the modalities used to diagnosis osteoporosis. To reiterate a diagnosis of osteoporosis could be made in an…

BLOG: Physician assistants can become involved in osteoporosis care

November 28, 2018

A 75-year-old woman presents today for a preoperative evaluation prior to a left total knee replacement. She is a thin, otherwise healthy, white woman with no

BLOG: Osteoporosis primer for physician assistants, part 1

December 28, 2016

Mrs. Smith is a 65-year-old woman who fell outside her apartment complex 2 days ago. She did not report feeling dizzy or lightheaded and lost no consciousness prior to…

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