Physician Assistant

May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Section of Dermatology at The University of Chicago has a long and distinguished history. It is my pleasure and pride to direct it, building upon the sturdy foundation already in place and developing new areas of medical excellence. Our group comprises ten full-time dermatologists, three part-time dermatologists, and one full-time research faculty with expertise in dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery, including Mohs surgery, lymphoma, pediatric dermatology, pigmented lesions and melanoma, wound care and general dermatology. In addition, the Section has long-established training programs in dermatology (10 residents) and dermatopathology (2 fellows), where we take great pride in producing the future clinicians, researchers and educators in the field. We invite you to explore our website and encourage you to contact any of our faculty to learn more about our Section's services.

Unit Job Summary: We are seeking a trained licensed Physician Assistant to provide direct comprehensive and specialized patient care services for the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. The job duties will include: Management of patients with dermatologic conditions within ambulatory setting as well as assisting with inpatient dermatology consult service. High volume of regular evaluation and management of care assessments. Taking patient histories, conducting physical examinations. Diagnosis, treatment and management of acute and chronic skin conditions. Use evidence-based practice and critical thinking to ensure high quality patient care. Provide education to patients, families and the community. Demonstrate team-based work ethic and communication skills to establish professional relationships with coworkers and allied professionals. Assume responsibility for developing therapeutic relationships with patients. Consult other health care team members in collaboration with physicians to meet patient needs and continuity of care goals. Write progress notes, prescribe medication, including controlled substances as delegated in collaborative practice agreement. Perform skin biopsies and other minor dermatologic procedures, making referrals to other providers and disciplines as indicated. Make referrals for procedures, laboratory studies and diagnostic procedures and explain necessity, preparation, nature and anticipated effects of scheduled procedures to the patient. See patients in follow-up visits in outpatient setting; collect new data from history and examination; coordinate care, order new therapies and arrange for follow up if necessary. Collaborate with and act as liaison among the nurse, patient, family, physician, and community resources for coordination of patient care. Opportunity for other procedural training exists for this role. May participate in the inpatient Dermatology consultation service. If interested may participate in clinical research projects, including generation of manuscripts, abstracts and presentations.

Unit Education: Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs required. Current Physician Assistant license/registration in the State of Illinois or ability to receive by start date required.

Unit Experience: One year of experience/training in Dermatology preferred. CPR certification required. ACLS certification preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent interpersonal skills required, with specific ability to communicate effectively with patients, family members, and physicians. Knowledge of basic medical terminology required. Knowledge of pharmacy, phlebotomy, injections, and EKG required. Ability to provide direct patient care in a professional and respectful manner 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.

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