Ortho Physician Assistant
Job Summary Performs a variety of duties such as surgical assist, independently evaluating, and providing care to assigned patients. On an independent basis, assesses, diagnoses, and documents findings. Writes medical orders.Makes clinical decisions relative to patient management based on the surgeon's protocols. Minimum Qualifications Education/Training Graduation from a Physician Assistant Program accredited by ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant). Bachelors degree; Masters degree preferred. Experience No experience required. Experience working under the direction of a surgeon preferred. License/Certification/Registration NCCPA (National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants) certification. Current license with the Maryland Board of Physicians. Current BLS (Basic Life Support)/ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Analyzes the assessment data in determining diagnoses by defining and prioritizing actual or potential care problems as the basis for designing interventions for the restoration of health. Demonstrates ability to respond with appropriate interventions in emergency situations. Completes competency evaluations in appropriate areas. Demonstrates knowledge and skill to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served and completes mandatory in-services. Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Develops treatment plan and discusses proposed course of treatment with the patient's attending physician and other healthcare team members as appropriate, including consultations and referrals. Documents H & Ps (history and physicals), treatment plans, and progress notes on all actual or potential patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. Initiates appropriate referral/consultations keeping in mind patient safety and cost containment issues. Independently sees patients on clinic days, as needed. Develops patient problem list in order to ensure that patient receives comprehensive care. Uses approved forms for documentation of patient information. Evaluates patients' progress toward attainment of goals through continuous evaluation of the patient's changing condition and response to therapeutic intervention, modifies the plan of care to optimize patient outcomes. Provides follow up on progress notes on all actual or potential patients undergoing orthopaedicsurgery. Identifies expected patient outcomes that are individualized to the patient. Under the direction of the physician, assures that the patient and other healthcare team members identify expected outcomes of care as the basis for developing multi-disciplinary plan of care. Initiates, performs, and interprets appropriate diagnostic tests necessary in routine and emergent care of patients. Monitors patients and communicates significant patient findings or changes in patients' status, to the appropriate physician and other members of the healthcare team. Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams and participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Performs other duties as assigned. Responds appropriately to all nursing and ancillary status calls. Provides emotional and educational support to the patient and family as may be appropriate. About MedStar HealthMedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.