The Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Division is seeking a Physician Assistant to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and under the direction, supervision and responsibility of a spine surgeon, and in accordance with established policies, evaluates patient's health status through diagnostic procedures and tests. Provide therapeutic patient care under direction of a physician and in accordance with established protocols. This position will assist with spine patients, as well as independently handle general orthopaedic patients through independent clinics.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Interview patients and compiles patient medical histories to assist in determination of health status.
- Perform physical examinations of patients, noting normal and abnormal findings. Obtain specimens from patients and runs routine laboratory tests and procedures; performs diagnostic tests, orders non-routine laboratory tests or procedures as required.
- Analyze and evaluates patient history, physical examination findings and laboratory values, and makes preliminary diagnosis of patients for review by physician.
- Develop care/treatment plan for patient according to established protocols and procedures; confers and consults with supervisory physician and other professionals before implementing treatment.
- Provide first or second assist in operating room, as required. Remove and/or reinforce sutures. Evaluate wounds, changes dressings and performs wound care.
Perform procedures as required such as
- Start I.V. lines, apply plaster casts, traction and splints, assist in placement of tubes, and suturing cuts and wounds. Prepare patient for surgery by shaving, scrubbing and draping surgical field following sterile techniques. Insert monitoring equipment such as urinary catheters and temperature probes.
- Assist physicians during surgical procedures. Write post-operative orders which include laboratory tests, medications, and care plans according to established procedure and protocol, for review by physician.
- May attend medical rounds with physician or members of medical staff to monitor patient progress, and provide information to staff on patient's care plan, condition and progress of patient.
The Physician Assistant will provide education and guidance to patients and family members in maintaining good health, disease prevention and home care under supervision of a physician. Attends regularly scheduled continuing education programs to ensure current knowledge of procedures and health care plans and protocols. Attend outpatient clinics and assists with patient management. Facilitate communication between own team and other consulting medical services. Requests consultations with other departments, as necessary. Acts as liaison with other medical services (social work, rehabilitation medicine, etc.).
May require rotation to other specialty areas based on an organizational or business need. This position will be required to work in the Orthopaedic Convenience Care After Hours Clinic – evenings and weekends as needed. Additional duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree; Certification by the NCCPA or similar national certifying body; Completion of a CAAHEP certified Physician Assistant program. Must be licensed as PA in State of Maryland or other state where practicing. Current CPR certification required. Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment. Completion of the JHH credentialing process is required prior to start date.
JHU Equivalency: Experience may be considered in lieu of bachelor's degree.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree plus two years' experience preferred. Ability to use various billing and patient information computer systems preferred. Knowledge of various payer processing and submission guidelines preferred. Experience in IDX and PCS preferred. Knowledge of third party payer requirements.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of medical terminology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Pharmacology, Clinical Medicine, Radiology, Microbiology and Pathology as acquired through completion of an accredited program.
- Must be registered by the Board of Medical Examiners of Maryland.
- Work requires six-to-twelve months' on-the-job experience to obtain a comprehensive understanding of clinical and/or surgical procedures, patient care procedures, medical protocols and testing procedures.
- Work requires analytical ability necessary to evaluate and determine health status of patient and implement proper care plan. Interpersonal skills necessary to interview, teach and counsel patients; instruct health care.
Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.
Working Conditions: Some exposure to contaminated materials, infectious specimens and communicable diseases, but potential for harm or personal injury is limited when proper safety and health precautions are followed.
Classified Title: Physician Assistant
Starting Salary Range: Competitive; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; May require evenings and weekends
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus JHOC, Columbia, and White Marsh
Department Name: Orthopaedic Surgery
Personnel Area: School of Medicine
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
During the Influenza (“the flu“) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.
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