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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 Orthopedic Adult Reconstruction Surgery practice. The position will be a full-time exempt (non-hourly) Instructor -Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner position in the Department of Orthopedics. The employee will work in the Denver Metropolitan area, including but not limited to, Aurora, Broomfield, Longmont, and/or Boulder. The position is not eligible for tenure.

This position reports to Adult Reconstruction 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 Responsibilities
This is a position requiring interest in Adult Orthopedic Adult Reconstruction Surgery. The 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 work 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 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 weekly academic conferences, journal clubs, etc.
  • 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 Adult Reconstruction conditions. The expectation will be for gradually more independence in the office as confidence is gained.
  • May be required to work at locations other than the University Hospital Colorado, including but not limited to the VA and Denver Health.
  • May be expected to cover some on call duties, such as rounding on the weekends, covering ER and floor consults.
  • Will be able to provide injections in clinic
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $80,000 - $100,000. 

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 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

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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
  • At least 6 months' experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire. 

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 2, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 6/3/2021
Application Due: 9/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time