Instructor Hand PA

Aurora, Arapahoe County
Aug 09, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Posting Description: This is a unique opportunity to work in an academic and clinical Orthopedic Hand Surgery practice including Adult and Pediatric Care. 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 at University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado clinics. The position is not eligible for tenure. Supervision Received This position reports to the Division Chief, 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. Supervision Provided The appointee will not supervise any employees currently. This is a position requiring interest in Orthopaedic Hand 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. 1. Obtains detailed history and performs physical examinations on assigned patients; assesses and treats acute/chronic medical problems (focusing on the upper extremity 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. 2. Assists in providing pre-op, intra-op and post-op care; writes appropriate orders, including those for narcotics and other scheduled drugs. There will be some casting, splinting, and dressing required. 3. Performs emergency life saving 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, injections and tendon sheath injections. Duties may include inpatient care, consultation and coverage in the emergency room. 4. Notifies attending physician on call, house physician on call, or supervising physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation. 5. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods. 6. Coordinates the activities of patient care and support staff within the clinic. Work with the team to ensure smooth operation of the clinic. 7. Writes progress notes on patients' office and hospital charts indicating patient status and treatment procedures performed; maintains other records as required. 8. Provides health education to patients and families; may train and supervise medical students, residents, fellows, mid-level students and other health professional students engaged in specific clinical activities. 9. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops. 10. Participate (attend, give talks, help organize) in educational programs including weekly academic conferences, journal clubs, etc. 11. Will assist in community outreach events including giving educational talks, organizing, planning, and attending. 12. Assist orthopaedic surgeon in operating room setting on a limited basis. 13. Help develop written educational materials and treatment protocols for specific conditions and post-operative care. 14. Assist in preparing and giving power point and poster presentations for educational purposes at institutional, local and national meetings. 15. May perform clinical research related to specific conditions and assist in preparation of manuscripts for publication. 16. Must become proficient in documentation and use of the current electronic medical record program and be an available resource to other health care providers. 17. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 18. Flexibility required as the nature of the position will change over time as one gains knowledge and experience with Orthopaedic conditions. The expectation will be for gradually more independence in the office as confidence is gained. This position works primarily Monday- Friday and will be located primarily in the Denver Metropolitan area. Applications are accepted electronically at, refer to job posting F01637 Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Salary and competitive benefits commensurate with experience, with salary range of $70,000 - $90,000 plus additional benefits. An incentive bonus plan is an additional benefit. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at The University of Colorado Denver 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. The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. 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 BS degree in a related Technical, Scientific, or Engineering discipline *Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification; certification pending, as documented by temporary certificate. *CPR Certified

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Desired Qualifications: *1-3 years 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 1 year experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Campus: Anschutz Medical Campus