Physician Assistant - Neurosurgery

Physicians and Mid-Level Practitioners Edinburg, Texas


Description

Position at Renaissance Medical Foundation

Full-Time, Days
DHR Health

POSITION SUMMARY:

Primarily responsible to assess, evaluate and treat patients in the medical office setting, under the supervision and collaboration of a physician, by using advanced knowledge and skill to identify abnormal conditions, diagnose health problems, develop and implement treatment plans, evaluate patient outcomes, and collaborate with or refer to a physician in the medical practice for further care management.

POSITION EDUCATION/ QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduation from an accredited program required.
  • Completion of an Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) approved program, (Prior to January 2001)-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
  • Current Certification by the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants
  • Current state licensure or eligibility for the state of Texas physician assistant.
  • Basic surgical and wound closure skills preferred
  • Computer skills required with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Excellent customer service skills are required.
  • Some evening or weekend work will be required
  • Bilingual – English/Spanish.

JOB KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • Two (2) years of medical experience in a physician’s office or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Knowledge of medical practice and care
  • Knowledge of examination, diagnostic and treatment room procedures
  • Knowledge of spinal surgeries and performing pre, post and intra operative assessments and visits
  • Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments
  • Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions
  • Ability to take and record vital signs, assist in a variety of treatments and medications
  • Ability to assist in surgical cases and have basic surgical skills preferred, or training will be provided
  • Ability to perform wound closures preferred, or training will be provided
  • Ability to maintain records and record and evaluate test results
  • Skill in developing and maintaining clinical quality assurance
  • Skill in identifying and resolving problems, supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures
  • Ability to use good reasoning and judgment and to react calmly in emergency situations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, coworkers and the public
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic
  • Knowledge of State, Federal, and TJC regulations
  • Must project a professional image

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promotes the facility mission, vision and values by effectively communicating them to others. Considers mission, vision and values in developing services, standards and practices.
  • Contributes to physician's effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range patient care issues that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of action; implementing physician directives.
  • Assesses patient health by interviewing patients; performing physical examinations; obtaining, updating, and studying medical histories.
  • Pre surgery visits: Order the back/neck pain workup and required conservative treatment plan (MRI for spine, physical therapy / alternative treatments) which are required for surgical evaluations and authorizations.
  • Determines abnormal conditions by administering or ordering diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, and laboratory studies; interpreting test results.
  • Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records. Meets all CPOE requirements.
  • Performs therapeutic procedures by administering injections; managing wounds and infections, providing post operative or post procedure care.
  • Intra-operative- “Assistant at surgery or First Assist”  
  • Inpatient rounds (notes,  discharge summaries, patient education, and daily IP rounds
  • Post op care -  Assist surgeon with routine post-operative visits 
  • Instructs and counsels patients by describing therapeutic regimens; giving normal procedure information; promoting wellness and health maintenance.
  • Provides continuity of care by developing and implementing patient management plans.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Develops health care team staff by providing information, educational opportunities, and experiential growth opportunities.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.