University of Colorado – School of Medicine
Department of Orthopedics
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.This is a unique opportunity to work in an academic and clinical Adult Orthopedic Spine Surgery practice. The position will be a full-time exempt (non-hourly) Instructor -Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner position in the School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics. The employee will work in the Denver Metropolitan area. The position is not eligible for tenure. This position will report to spine faculty, and as needed the Chairman of the Department and the Department of Orthopedics Director of Finance and Administration. Supervision will include training and oversight for the position’s responsibilities.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe applicant must be self-directed, detail-oriented, and adaptable in a high-intensity environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as well.
- Obtains detailed history and performs physical examinations on assigned patients; assesses and treats acute/chronic medical problems (focusing on the musculoskeletal system) and provides direct patient care to a specified patient population. Write prescriptions for medications, PT, OT, imaging studies, and DME as needed. Complete FMLA and other forms and school notes as needed.
- Assists in providing pre-op, intra-op and post-op care; writes appropriate orders, including those for narcotics and other scheduled drugs.
- Performs emergency lifesaving procedures in cases such as cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, massive hemorrhage, or similar emergencies. Occasionally provide fracture reductions in ER or office as needed, but not conscious sedation. Perform joint aspirations and injections.
- Notifies attending physician on call, house physician on call, or supervising physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation.
- Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
- Coordinates the activities of patient care and support staff within the clinic. Work with the team to ensure smooth operation of the floor and clinic.
- Writes progress notes on patients' office and hospital charts indicating patient status and treatment procedures performed; maintains other records as required.
- Provides health education to patients and families; may train and supervise medical students, residents, fellows, and other mid-level students or other health professional students engaged in specific clinical activities.
- Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops.
- Participate (attend, give talks, help organize) in educational programs including the scheduled weekly academic calendar for the Division of Spine.
- Will assist in community outreach events including giving educational talks, organizing, planning, and attending.
- Assist orthopaedic surgeon in operating room setting.
- Help develop written educational materials and treatment protocols for specific conditions and post-operative care.
- Assist in preparing and giving power point and poster presentations for educational purposes at institutional, local and national meetings.
- May perform clinical research related to specific conditions and assist in preparation of manuscripts for publication.
- Must become proficient in documentation and use of the current electronic medical record program and be an available resource to other health care providers.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Flexibility required as the nature of the position will change over time as one gains knowledge and experience with Orthopedic Spine conditions. The expectation will be for gradually more independence as confidence is gained.
- May be required to work at locations other than the University Hospital Colorado, including but not limited to the Longs Peak Hosptial, Broomfield Clinic, Highlands Ranch Hospital and Lone Tree Clinic.
- Expected to cover on call duties during the day every Wednesday and Thursday and every other Friday. This includes covering ER and floor consults and the ongoing care of operative and non-operative spine trauma patients (overseen by Orthopedic Spine attendings).
- State of Colorado Certified Physician's Assistant or Inclusion on the State of Colorado Advanced Practice Registry as an Advance Practice Nurse; Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants or certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification; certification pending, as documented by temporary certificate.
- CPR Certified
- Experience preferred. May be willing to train new grad with previous hospital/orthopedic experience or exceptional qualities
- Bachelor's degree in a related Technical, Scientific, or Engineering discipline
- 6 months to 1 year experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Posting Date: Feb 11, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing