Instructor - Pediatric Orthopedic PA/NP

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Orthopedics

Instructor - Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner

Position #00796604 – Requisition #25872


* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:



Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

    Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.
The University of Colorado 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 Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

This is a unique opportunity to work in an academic and clinical Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery practice with a focus on Sports Medicine. Our vision is to be a local, regional, and national leader in sports medicine for pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients. We provide the highest quality, professional and ethical care to all patients through integration of comprehensive education and exceptional musculoskeletal research. 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. The position is not eligible for tenure.

This position reports to Dr. Curtis VandenBerg, MD in the Sports Medicine Center.

Working Conditions

This position works primarily Monday- Friday starting around 6:30 AM and will be located primarily in the Denver Metropolitan area. Early morning meetings and shifts extending beyond 8 hours may be necessary, with advanced notice.

Duties and Responsibilities

This is a position requiring interest in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and the sub-specialty Sports Medicine. The applicant must be self-directed, detail-oriented, and adaptable in a high-intensity environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as well. In general, the applicant should be experienced and competent in the following areas:

    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.Practices in a clinical setting as well as 1st assist in the OR with Surgeon.Position will participate in APP Night/Weekend NOC Call.Writes prescriptions for medications, PT, OT, imaging studies, and DME as needed and based on appropriate guidelines.Completes Work Status, FMLA, and other forms and school notes as needed.Assists in providing pre-op and post-op care; writes appropriate orders, including those for narcotics and other scheduled drugs.Performs casting, splinting, and dressing applications, as appropriate.Performs emergency lifesaving procedures in cases such as cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, massive hemorrhage, or similar emergencies.Coordinates daily in-patient care, as needed, with the Hospitalist and other consulting services. When necessary, is responsible for the timely discharge of patients from the hospital and completion of discharge summaries.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 with residents / fellows and clinic support staff. Works with the team to ensure smooth transitions of care.Writes progress notes on patients' outpatient or 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, and 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.Helps develop written educational materials and treatment protocols for specific conditions and post- operative care.Assists in preparing and giving power point and poster presentations for educational purposes at institutional, local, and national meetings, when appropriate.Participates in clinical research and may assist in preparation of manuscripts for publication.Becomes proficient in documentation and use of current the electronic medical record program and be an available resource to other health care providers.Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.Is flexible with expected changes in the nature of the position, particularly as one gains knowledge and experience with Orthopedic conditions.
 Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $95,000 - $125,000

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

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.


Total Compensation Calculator:

Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The 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 investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum QualificationsApplicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    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
  • CPR Certified
Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience preferred. May be willing to train new grad with previous hospital/orthopedic experience or exceptional qualities
  • Master's degree in a related Technical, Scientific, or Engineering discipline
  • 6 months to 2 years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 5, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert