Physician Assistant Inpatient
Job Summary Performs a variety of duties such as history and physicals as well as providing care to assigned patients. Assesses, diagnoses, and documents findings. Writes medical orders and/or prescriptions. Makes clinical decisions relative to patient management through collaboration with physicians. 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. 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 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. Functions under surgeon's direction as surgical assistant. Assists in necessary preparations prior to and after surgery. Initiates standing and regular orders including activity, diet, vital signs, routine laboratory work, routine diagnostic tests, laxatives, sedatives, analgesics, and appropriate medical and rehab therapies. Monitors patients and communicates significant patient findings or changes in patients' status to the appropriate physician. Obtains detailed and accurate history, performs physical examinations, and reviews medical records to assess patients' health status. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Performs emergency lifesaving procedures as appropriate. Performs necessary rounds independently or with the attending physician and/or students. Performs other duties as assigned. Performs procedures as appropriate for patient care. Writes appropriate order sets including medications. Provides emotional and educational support to patient and family as may be appropriate. Responds to nursing and ancillary status calls. Stays aware of diagnostic tests reports that require prompt medical intervention. Communicates directly with physician for interventions not covered by standing orders. Writes progress notes on patients' medical record indicating patient status, treatment, and procedures performed. 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.