(PA) Physician Assistant, Orthopaedic Surgery - 113024

University of California - San Diego
La Jolla, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

This posting will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/18/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/29/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under the direction of the supervising physician(s) and APP supervisor and in collaboration with other care team members, the Physician Assistant (PA) provides patient care primarily in the outpatient setting in support of the Orthopaedic Spine Division. Position may also provide patient care of Orthopaedic patients in the inpatient setting for multiple Orthopaedic subspecialties. The PA exercises flexibility and adaptability to manage a broad range of medical and surgical conditions. Because the spectrum of Orthopaedic Surgery encompasses many organ systems, the incumbent must be knowledgeable about a wide range of pathophysiology as well as how the injuries sustained or surgical cases should be prioritized.

The PA will provide clinical and surgical assistance and support in managing inpatients and outpatients, including assisting with patient evaluations, history and physical, patient preparation, consults, and/or discharge preparation and within their scope of practice and management. Position is responsible for providing routine care within established protocols and is directly responsible for managing the health care needs of the identified patient population. Position demonstrates the ability to solve complex clinical problems and communicate directly with the supervising Orthopaedic physicians. Provide patient education and assist with clinical research protocols. Function as liaison with health system personnel including case management coordinators, financial counselors and social workers. Assist in data collection, input and analysis. Position demonstrates a high level of professionalism and excellent verbal and written communication skills and has the ability to function as part of an interdisciplinary team, including morning rounds with residents and interns. May assist with surgeries as time permits. May do other duties as assigned.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.

  • Current State of California Physician Assistant (PA) license.

  • Current Physician Assistant Certification from NCCPA.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Minimum two (2) years of related experience, including prior experience managing your own patient panel. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two years gained through school or work experience.

  • Knowledge of common orthopaedic problems and treatments.

  • Theoretical background in anatomy, physiology, general medicine, pulmonary, emergency and critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, therapeutics, including pharmacology, counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.

  • Skill in telephone interviewing of patients to efficiently retrieve accurate information.

  • Ability perform initial history, and physical examination, identify major medical problems (specializing in spine evaluations), and formulate appropriate plans of action.

  • Thorough knowledge of established protocols and ability to establish new protocols as needed.

  • Strong writing skills to prepare clear medical reports, laboratory data and progress notes, as well as policies, procedures and protocols for patient care management.

  • Proven knowledge of common diagnostic tests, exams, and procedures used in clinic. Must understand purpose, required supplies and/or equipment, how to perform procedure accurately, infection control, an accurate documentation of medical chart.

  • Skills necessary to function as first assistant in operative procedures, and knowledge of operating room standards and techniques.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health care personnel, and skill at providing clear written, verbal and telephone communication with a wide variety of people.

  • Ability to assess the daily status and progress of patients and report this effectively to the physician and other medical care personnel associated with the patient.

  • Ability to maintain good working relationships and communications with physicians in-charge, laboratory personnel, and members of the health care team.

  • Knowledge necessary for instructing house-staff, medical students, physicians, nurses and other medical personnel in all aspects of acute and chronic care.

  • Knowledge of medical ethics and law practices, pertaining to medical and medical socioeconomics.

  • Two (2+) or more years of experience in a well-established and busy practice.
  • Recent Orthopaedic experience.
  • Ability to manage and direct patient flow for a busy service.
  • Variable work schedule, occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • May travel to various locations.
  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff Privileges prior to appointment and maintain during employment.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

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