Physician Assistant

May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago, Section of Hospital Medicine provides 24 hour a day in-house clinical care at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM). The Section's clinical work is performed by more than 50 physicians, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, and social workers. The members of our Section serve in a broad array of clinical and leadership roles in the Medical Center, Pritzker School of Medicine, undergraduate College, and at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. We play a crucial role in the care of some of the most medically complex patients admitted to UCMC. These patients include most solid organ transplant patients and oncology patients with medical complications of their disease or treatment. In an innovative care team model, we use hospital medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in close cooperation with the consulting services to meet the highly complex care required by these patients. We have developed expertise in the management of complications of immunosuppression and other common complications facing these types of patients. Additionally, the Section's Comprehensive Care Program provides integrated inpatient and outpatient care for patients at increased risk of hospitalization. The Hospital Medicine Section also runs the medicine consult service at UCMC. This service works closely with the surgical and other non-medicine services, particularly orthopedics, urology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and neurology. In addition to pre-operative evaluation, we actively manage patients with chronic active medical conditions who are admitted for a non-medical issue. We are available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with an in-house attending to evaluate and treat patients on the non-medical services that develop an acute medical issue.

Unit Job Summary: The Physician Assistant will provide specialized care to patients on the inpatient Hospital service and general medicine consult service. Work with a multidisciplinary team to manage a caseload of patients by using advanced clinical skills to assess, diagnose and manage patients under supervision of a licensed physician: conduct admissions evaluations and discharge planning of hospitalized medical patients, complete admissions and discharge paperwork for patients admitted to assign services and provide initial assessment and management of urgent issues for hospitalized patients. Service time is expected to include weekend daytime coverage approximately 1 weekend per month. Initiate delegated medical treatments, provide independent nursing interventions and evaluation of care at night. Perform routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within the scope of practice. Identify potential areas of nursing research. Participate in the development, review and evaluation of standards and protocols.

Unit Education: Graduate of a formal program of study as a Physician Assistant in a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs required. Board certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants required. Current Illinois licensure as a Physician Assistant prior to start date required.

Unit Experience: Previous experience within the inpatient setting preferred. Experience with word processing and spreadsheet software preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to evaluate and manage complex, acutely ill hospitalized patients, including patients with end-stage liver disease and advanced cancer, required. Ability to conduct physical examinations and health assessments required. Ability to interview and obtain medical information Willingness to enter into written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician upon hire required. Once licensed and as needed, willingness to apply for a mid-level practitioner controlled substance license and DEA number required. Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCMC Nurse Recruitment Office prior to start date required. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently required. Strong organizational skills required. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skill required. Advanced levels of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care required. Excellent verbal and written communication required. Ability to read documents or instruments required. Ability to perform detailed work required. Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions required. Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive required. Outstanding interpersonal skills required.

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