Physician Assistant (Trauma Surgery) (Job Id 32707)
Location: Geisinger Wyoming Valley
Work Schedule: Rotation
Work Type: Full Time
To perform, under the responsibility and supervision of the surgeon, diagnostics and therapeutic tasks to allow the physician to extend his/her services through the more effective use of his/her knowledge in the sphere of decision making required to establish a diagnosis and to plan therapy. He/she may assist in gathering the data necessary in implementing the therapeutic plan of the surgeon. Meets the qualifications to provide care for patients in the specific age range on their assigned clinical area.
Additionally, the physician assistant will act as the patient advocate in the medical care systems serving as confidant, advisor, and liaison between patients and physicians.
Reports directly to the surgeon for all patient-care-related functions. Charting privileges will be determined by the Procedure and Medical Records Committee as recommended by the surgeon. Deals directly with the medical staff members, nursing personnel and other departments to coordinate patient care requirements.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To assist the surgeon in the preoperative care and workup of patients to include:
a. Perform and record comprehensive history and physical examination.
b. Execute and relay medical regimens as directed by the supervising physician and/or as described in the work agreement between the physician assistant and the supervising physician.
c. Confirm operating schedule, availability of blood and summarize appropriate data prior to surgery.
- Assist the supervising physician in surgical critical care, clinic, and in the operating room.
- Provide ongoing comprehensive outpatient services under the supervision of the supervising physician.
- Participate in the postoperative care of patients, being especially knowledgeable in the recognition of postoperative complications, specifically:
a. Inform the physician of all changes in the patient's ongoing condition.
b. Collect ongoing data and write pertinent notes on patient's chart on a daily basis.
c. Assess the patient's postoperative course and implement indicated therapy.
d. Summarize details of patient's hospitalization, including operative procedures and follow-up of complications.
e. Make routine rounds as directed by the surgeon.
- As indicated by his/her training and experience, perform therapeutic procedures as directed by the surgeon, including but not limited to the following:
a. Wound care and dressings.
c. Venous and arterial cut downs.
d. Insertion and use of central venous pressure lines.
e. Nasogastric intubation.
f. Bladder catheterization.
g. Insertion and removal of chest tubes.
h. Suturing of lacerations.
j. Insertion of enteral feeding tubes under fluoroscopic guidance.
k. Other procedures as indicated by department protocol and checklist.
- Assist the supervising physician with correspondence relevant to the patient's care.
- Attend appropriate in-house conferences and attend appropriate continuing medical education.
- Examine preoperative and follow-up patients in the clinic prior to their being seen by the surgeons and complete admission formalities.
- Participate in clinical research, review of patient records and selected animal projects.
- Maintain ongoing departmental quality improvement studies in concert with supervising physician and director of physician extender services.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Demonstrated ability to deal directly with patients in such a way as to instill confidence and facilitate communication.
- Demonstrated concern for the health and well-being of others.
- Obtain/maintain BLS
- Demonstrates literacy, accurate and timely charting via EMR.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- Graduate of an ARC- approved physician assistant program, eligible or certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants and eligible or certified by the State Board of Medicine required.
- Satisfactorily completed formal training as surgical assistant or currently holds a position which commands comparable respect by virtue of equivalent work experience and training required.
- The successful Physician Assistant candidate will work under the responsibility and supervision of the physician and require completion of an ARC-PA (or predecessor organization) approved physician assistant program, current NCCPA certification or eligibility and Pennsylvania State licensure.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
Travel as indicated
Participation in the holiday/weekend/call schedule as indicated
Geisinger offers Advanced Practitioners :
* Domestic Partner Benefits
* Paid malpractice insurance
* Market competitive wages - constantly monitored
* Generous Paid Time Off policy
* Funding for CME and paid CME days
* Relocation for qualified candidates
* Health Care Benefits Starting Day 1: including vision and dental
* Interview expenses for qualified candidates
Recruiter: DIANE L. BRODGINSKI
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees,including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
** We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.