University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

 School of Medicine, Department of Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgery


Position # 00772174


 The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.



The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.



A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

General Statement of Duties:  The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine has a faculty position available at the rank of Instructor for a Advanced Practice Provider (APP).  Under the direction of the full-time faculty or designee, this position provides inpatient and outpatient medical care services at the University of Colorado Hospital.  The cardiothoracic surgery service at the University of Colorado Hospital is a high volume, high acuity service.  The candidate will be expected to provide independent clinical services for patients seen on the cardiothoracic surgery service.  There will be involvement in the complete spectrum of care from initial patient contact through discharge.  Specific duties of the position will include inpatient responsibilities such as rounding, writing orders, discharge planning and execution, and participating in the care provided to cardiothoracic surgery patients while they are in the hospital.  Outpatient duties include patient assessment, patient education, care coordination, and disease management.  Close collaboration with the cardiothoracic surgeons, hospital, and clinic staff will be necessary.  The candidate may be asked to work some nights and weekends as patient volume and acuity dictate.  The candidate will also be expected to participate in the development of protocols for the care of cardiothoracic surgery patients.  The candidate may also be asked to participate in marketing and networking opportunities with referring providers.  Eligibility for prescriptive authority is required.

Typical Physical Demands:  The APP position requires the ability to engage in a full range of body motion including handling patients, manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination.  The position may also require standing and walking for extended periods of time as required during the provision of services.  The position requires normal visual acuity and hearing.  The APP may also be exposed to communicable diseases and bodily fluids and it is expected that the candidate will be appropriately knowledgeable regarding universal safety precautions. 

Typical Working Conditions:  This is a hospital and clinic based practice.  There may be exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to the clinical environment.

Example of Duties: 

  • Evaluate and manage patients who are candidates for cardiothoracic surgery.  This includes obtaining a thorough history and performing an appropriate physical examination and ordering appropriate testing with particular attention to cardiothoracic related co-morbidities and post-operative complications.  Monitoring compliance with diet, exercise, and behavior modifications and providing education about the risks and benefits of the surgical procedures is also expected.

  • See and evaluate patients in the hospital, provide documentation, an assessment and care plan for the inpatient stay and discharge care planning. 

  • Evaluate and manage patients with urgent or emergent complaints in conjunction with the primary surgeon.

  • Participate in clinic sponsored educational opportunities.

  • Participate in the research activities of the clinic including the identification of patients appropriate for open clinical trials and facilitating their participation in clinical research.

  • Perform procedures such as intravenous catheter placement and assist in the operating room as needed.

  • Triage patient telephone calls and e-mails and provide consultation.

  • Provide monitoring and continuity of care for patients between physician visits.

  • Attend required meetings and participate in committees as requested.

  • Maintain competency and enhance professional growth and development through continuing education, conferences, and seminars.  Attend mandatory training.

  • Participate in quality improvement activities; assist in maintaining compliance with JCAHO accreditation and other internal and external regulatory standards.

  • Support and uphold established organizational policies, procedures, objectives related to quality improvement, safety, environmental and infection control.

  • Participate in the application process and development of a Center of Excellence designation as required.

  • Maintain patient confidentiality                             

  • Salary and Benefits:

    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $98,717 - $130,510.

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

    The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

    University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

    Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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    Diversity and Equity:

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    Office of Equity:

    The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Proper education and licensing/certification for an Advanced Practice Provider. 
    • Must be eligible for certification with independent prescriptive authority.
    • Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with a diverse professional and patient population. 
    • Eligibility for prescriptive authority.  

     Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience as an advanced practice provider in cardiothoracic surgery
    • Educational and/or work experiences aligned with position requirements

    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Feb 24, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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