The Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) provides leadership and direction for the program throughout the Medical Center and designs protocols, updates and revises the program components as needed. The PA is responsible for implementing and maintaining APP requirements both programmatic and competency specific to Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Programs. The PA is clinically responsible and accountable for the application of the PA process, providing clinical guidance to clinical team, research involvement, consultative services, inter and intradepartmental liaison, education, leadership, and patient care management across the health care continuum from preventative, acute care through discharge.
- Support and provide coordination and direction to other physician assistants and other staff by proactively offering assistance. Direct, educate and mentors staff in the development of sound clinical judgment to promote positive patient outcomes
- Serve as a preceptor by mentoring PA’s regarding care of defined populations in resource utilization and time management.
- Demonstrate leadership as a clinical resource, inter-professional consultant and patient advocate.
- In partnership with department leadership provides organize, oversee, and review assigned daily work schedules, including patient load assignments.
- Implements department strategies to achieve financial target and mentors others to do the same through timely documentation of care, decreasing length of stay, optimizing efficiency, and other areas according to department specifications
- Collaborates in the preparation of annual evaluations with supporting physicians and management personnel to ensure all paperwork is in compliance with all HR policies and guidelines.
- Participate in and conduct (chairs) housewide committee work where appropriate, which determines and guide clinical policy and practice standards related to area of expertise.
- Lead and actively participate in the Medical Center's Performance Improvement Program and will periodically assess the quality of patient care delivery and identify opportunities for changes in practice, rooted in evidence-based standards of care/protocols, to promote positive patient outcomes.
Assists on cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery as privileged, with priority given to endoscopic vein harvesting and endoscopic radial artery harvesting.
Collaborates with consultants on the management of patients.
Consults with attending surgeon on significant patient data.
Develops, implements and follows up on an individualized treatment plan for each patient which includes ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments; and as privileged
Department Specific Competencies
- Participates in the continuous improvement model utilizing lean tools and techniques.
Maintains surgical techniques including: Aseptic technique and ability to maintain sterile field Patient positioning: prepping and draping Intra op retracting Hemostasis Wound Closure Surgical dressing Evaluation and treatment of patients with acute and chronic conditions related to specialty, following standardized procedures and as privileged.
- Develops and implements physician, staff, and patient educational programs and materials.
- Provides on-going education to nursing office staff and OR at the point of care.
- Educates patients and families concerning what can be expected prior to, during and after cardiac and thoracic surgery.
- Provides leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community and patient education programs in the focus area.
- Participants in the development, implementation and evaluation of the cardiothoracic surgical program (ie, policies/procedures, orders, protocols, standards etc)
- Identifies opportunities for improvement in the care of cardiothoracic patients that can improve outcomes related to utilization of supplies and processes in OR.
- Leads, designs and implements process improvement activities, in a multidisciplinary format, that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
- Collaborates and engages in multidisciplinary team work toward achieving Standards for Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Care Improvement Program goals.
- Provides feedback to medical and hospital staff regarding patient conditions, needs, and outcomes.
- Works toward organizational targets in cardiothoracic patient’s length of stay and resource utilization.
|Graduate from accredited PA program|
|Number of Years Experience||Type of Experience|
|5||Cardiovascular and thoracic Physician Assistant experience in strategy and critical care unit required.|
License / Certification Requirements
|PA license and Physician Assistant Examining Committee License NCCPA|
|BCLS or ACLS Certification|