PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT I /SPINE CENTER/AMBULATORY
Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

Boston, Massachusetts


GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

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.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: .

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


Qualifications
QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The appropriate candidate will have successfully completed a graduate level physician assistant program (Masters 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

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Must have the ability to work in a high stress, dynamic, busy clinical setting with changing organizational climate
  • Must have the ability to be self-directive and to demonstrate initiative in addressing the responsibilities of the position
  • Must have the ability to utilize appropriate problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Must be energetic and quality driven and have a proven ability to be a productive member of a team dedicated to providing optimal patient care
  • Must be proficient with BWH computer systems as needed to independently perform daily tasks (EMR, Epic preferred)
  • Must maintain the highest degree of professional judgment under the supervision and guidance of a licensed physician

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work settings may include ambulatory clinics and treatment rooms, inpatient areas, intensive care units, operating rooms, and/or procedural areas. There may be loud noises, noxious odors, and temperature extremes. A large portion of the workday may be spent either standing or walking and the position may require heavy lifting of equipment and patients.

The PA may be exposed to radiation, potentially infectious bodily fluids, and sharp instruments such as needles and scalpels. Knowledge of Universal Precautions and proper use of surgical sharp instruments may be required. The consequences of contamination from bodily fluids or from being stuck with a sharp instrument include the possibility of physical harm to the employee or others. BWH is a fast paced, dynamic environment with a very large and complex patient volume; exposure to stress in the workplace is expected.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

The Physician Assistant I does not have any supervisory responsibility.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:

The Physician Assistant I does not have any fiscal responsibility.

ADDENDUM:

Reports directly to the Spine Center Medical Director with administrative accountability to the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine.

The incumbent will rotate weekly/bi-weekly through spine clinic and new patient triage visits. These visits may be in-person or virtual. The role requires flexibility to shift between clinic and triage responsibilities to address patient needs in a timely fashion. The role is assigned to support the Spine Center rather than specific attendings.

The onboarding process will include exposure to both the non-operative (Pain Medicine and/or PM&R) as well as operative side of Spine care (Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery outpatient clinics) to ensure comprehensive training. Clinic-based responsibilities will be associated with the non-operative Spine outpatient practices. The incumbent will be required to participate in multi-disciplinary care conferences.

After-hours as well as weekend call coverage will be required periodically. Travel to other clinical practice sites within the region may be required.

EEO Statement
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status



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