Physician Assistant (Colorectal Surgery, Outpatient FT, Days)

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POST DATE 8/24/2016
END DATE 12/15/2016

Boston Medical Center Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Part Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree




JOB ID 2376348 DATE POSTED 06/15/2016 apply now

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet an integrated health care delivery systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Under the general supervision of a physician, the Physician Assistant is responsible for providing varied medical services, including: obtaining complete medical history and performing a physical examination; ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and imaging studies; formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan; prescribing and/or dispensing medication; assisting in surgery or other invasive procedures; counseling patients and families, and other patient care duties. The scope of practice includes, but is not limited to, the management of patients with colon and rectal surgical diagnoses. The appropriate candidate will also have significant responsibility in the research effort of the section. These duties will involve evaluation of inpatient/outpatient postoperative outcomes and maintenance of a surgical database. The appropriate candidate will also enroll patients in studies sponsored by the section. The physician assistant may be involved with a patient s medical care in any role which the attending physician deems proper and consistent with applicable law, hospital regulations, delineation of privileges, and the Physician Assistant s training, knowledge, skill, and experience.

* In collaboration with attending physicians, admits, evaluates, and treats patients in both office and in-patient hospital setting for a Colorectal practice that performs both invasive and non-invasive procedures.

* Provides patient care management. Reviews history, performs physical assessment, formulates care plans, and follow-up. Orders and interprets laboratory and diagnostic tests.

* Performs and/or interprets routine diagnostic studies, including routine laboratory procedures, common radiological studies, and electrocardiograph tracings.

* Monitors and assists with noninvasive testing including stress testing, nuclear cardiology scans, direct and transtelephonic monitoring of pacemaker patients and echocardiography.

* Presents and discusses the findings of the initial evaluation with the Attending Physician to determine the treatment plan. Documents the treatment plan and writes appropriate orders.

* Evaluates inpatient and outpatient consults.

* Oversees the entire clinical experience to assure that there is coordination and consolidation of patient care plans and execution of those plans to tie the service together. Facilitates communication with other departments to ensure the delivery of excellent cost effective and efficient patient care.

* Under the countersignature of the attending physician, is responsible for transcribing preoperative and postoperative orders including prescription medication, fluid orders, diets, activity levels and other procedures, as authorized applicable law and department protocol.

* Writes orders on patients admitted to the hospital including medication, labs, diagnostic and therapeutic tests, and nursing activities. May be authorized to write appropriate prescription orders, including those for narcotics, stimulants, and depressant drugs, investigational medications and pre and postoperative orders as necessary.

* Makes rounds to evaluate patients and writes progress reports.

* Consults with physicians or surgeons regarding the care of patients for more complex diagnosis.

* Educates patients and/or families about preventive care, medical issues, and use of prescribed medical treatments.

* Records and maintains legible, accurate and confidential patient medical records including initial evaluation, subsequent follow-up, unusual incidents or problems, and patient progress to provide complete and up-to-date information for ongoing reference and evaluation.

* Facilitates transitions of care from inpatient to outpatient setting, including performance of medication reconciliation, arrangement of appropriate and timely follow up, and completion of an accurate and concise discharge summary.

* Ensures treatment and consultations consistent with NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance), TJC (The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), and federal and state regulatory standards.

* Attends weekly staff meetings.

* Ensures professional growth and development through participation in educational programs and workshops and maintaining knowledge of industry standards and practices.

* Maintains patients confidentiality.

* Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.

* Adheres to all of BMC s RESPECT behavioral standards and utilizes hospital s cultural beliefs as the basis for decision making and to support the hospital s mission and goals.

* Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures.

* Evaluates inpatient and outpatient postoperative outcomes and maintains a surgical database.

* Enrolls patients in studies sponsored by the section.

* Performs other duties as required.


Minimum of a Bachelor s degree and graduate of an American Medical Association (AMA) approved Physician Assistant Program.


Must be licensed as a Physician Assistant in Massachusetts. A certificate issued by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), is also required.
If prescribing medications is included in clinical duties and privileges, Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration and federal DEA Controlled Substance Registration are required.


* Expert clinical judgment to function in an independent role.

* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to collaborate with patients, families, physicians, staff, and community health workers.

* Ability to be self-directive and demonstrate initiative in addressing responsibilities of the position.

* Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal and written information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

* Ability to utilize appropriate problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

* Must be able to maintain strict protocols of all confidential or sensitive information.

* Prior experience or interest in clinical research and patient outcomes.

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