Physician Assistant I / 40 Hours / Days - BWH Neurosurgery

Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA
The physician assistant (PA) is a licensed provider who has acquired a broad range of knowledge and skills through the successful completion of a physician assistant program. The PA is responsible for the assessment and management of various populations of patients, medical and/or surgical, including diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, development of appropriate plans of care and ongoing evaluation. The physician assistant works under the supervision of an attending physician and reports directly to the department administrator or chief physician assistant administratively.

The PA will perform in accordance with all state and federal regulations and institutional policies including but not limited to the BWH PA Scope of Practice, Prescriptive Guidelines, approved clinical privileges, and BWH PA policy.

Principle Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

* Provides direct care, counseling, and teaching to a designated patient population in the ambulatory, inpatient, operative, and/or procedural setting

* Performs complete histories and physical examinations

* Orders, interprets, and evaluates appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests

* Develops appropriate plans of care and follow-up based on the outcomes of diagnostic, laboratory, and physical examination findings

* Orders medications and writes prescriptions according to organizational and regulatory policies and procedures

* Consistently provides high quality and timely documentation including admission and progress notes, procedure notes, operative notes and discharge summaries

* Performs bedside procedures as are appropriate to the patient population

* In some settings, the PA may first assist in the operating room or procedural areas

* Practices cost effective medicine in an efficient manner, maximizing available resources

* Discusses patient data with other physicians and professionals as appropriate in a multidisciplinary setting

* Demonstrates expert clinical judgment skills to function in an independent role

* Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the department/division

Non-Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

* Demonstrates professional collaborative and consultative relationships with other providers

* Follows all designated prescriptive practices and monitoring requirements with the designated supervising physician and administrative report

* Participates in departmental and organizational committees and programs as appropriate and attends all required meetings, in-services, and professional trainings

* Maintains superior interpersonal and communication skills as a member of the healthcare team in order to collaborate effectively with patients, families, staff, and community health workers

* Remains actively involved in continuing education with a commitment to self and departmental growth

* Adheres to all established safety policies, procedures, and precautions; identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation

* Demonstrates understanding of procedures, policies, and documentation required to ensure compliance with hospital standards of care

* Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the department/division

The PA will participate in patient care as part of the inpatient team of Neurosurgery. All patient responsibilities as outlined above and may also include: rounding with the resident team, attending physicians, and fellows, performing inpatient consultation and follow-up, collecting clinical data for studies and performing procedures that may include, but are not limited to: staple/suture removal/placement, wound care/packing, lumbar drain placement/removal, lumbar punctures, NGT placement, central line placement, arterial line placement, spine braces/cervical collar placement and removal and draping and patient positioning.

While the PA can expect a relatively predictable work schedule planned in advance whenever possible, scheduling variations may occur in order to cover clinical needs as they become apparent to the department/clinic. The PA may be asked to pick up additional shifts, work variable hours, and/or provide backup coverage as needed.

Maintains ACLS certification.

* The appropriate candidate will have successfully completed a graduate level physician assistant program (Master's degree) accredited by the Accreditation and Review Committee for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) or such other accrediting agency as may qualify a graduate to sit for the NCCPA certifying examination

* BS/MS joint programs and those candidates with a BS and PA certificate are eligible, but ONLY for those who graduated BEFORE 1995

* Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) must be obtained prior to first day of employment

* Must hold a current valid license or be eligible for licensure as a physician assistant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

* Must have or eligible for, and maintain, a current DEA registration and Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration

* Must complete 100 hours of CME according to national and state regulations during each two year period of employment

* Must complete the BWH Professionalism Program within three months of date of hire

* Must complete the BWH Procedural Sedation Training if deemed necessary