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Lead Surgical Physician Assistant - Cardiovascular Surgery
Job Ref # 52619
Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
6550 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030

Category: Physician Assistant

Job Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: Nov. 13, 2019

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Job Summary

At Houston Methodist, the Lead Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) NWD  is responsible for leading and coordinating interdisciplinary activities, focusing on clinical practice, consultation and education, incorporating evidence into practice.  The Lead PA will serve as an advance practice practitioner maintaining and promoting the health of the patient requiring care, practicing medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. This position uses expert communication skills to serve as patient and family advocate to educate, mentor and coach staff in patient surgery by assuming an advanced leadership role in analyzing systems to anticipate and reduce risk and improve patient safety and quality.  The Lead Surgical PA will take call as required or as outlined by their supervising physician or manager.  In addition, the Lead Surgical PA  examines, diagnoses and decides treatment for patients including analyzing and interpreting x-rays and lab results, writes prescritpions, takes patients¿ histories and orders various forms of therapy.  This position affects direct patient care according to the Board of Physician Assistant Examiniers in the State of Texas and Houston Methodist policies and procedures.

Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.

oProvide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
-INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
-COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
-ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
-RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
-EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate. 
oFocuses on patient/customer safety
oDelivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
oProvides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
oIntentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
oInvolves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


PEOPLE - 20%
1.Supports and provides coordination and direction to other physician assistants and other staff by proactively offering assistance.  Serves as a preceptor by mentoring other regarding care of defined populations in resource utilization and time management. Demonstrates leadership as a clinical resources, interprofessional consultant and patient advocate. 
2.Collaborates to foster healthy relationships in the work environment.  Acts as a role model and coaches staff in effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication.  May serve as first call for hospital staff. Serves as preceptor for Physician Assistant students and medical residents, as appropriate. 
3.Actively participates in the interviewing process of candidates in department or service line.  Coordinates the orientation schedule of newly hired Surgical Physician Assistants as appropriate.  Collaborates in the preparation of annyal evaluations with supporting physicians and management personnel to ensure all paperwork is in compliance with all HR policies and guidelines.
4.Communicates organizational information and aspects of administrative and clinical practice in a respectful and positive manner when interacting with staff.  Advocates for a balanced workload, promotes positive behaviors, and peer-to-peer accountability.  Facilitates the promotion of teamwork.

1.Teaches co-workers to develop comprehensive plans of care in collaboration with pateints and families, incorporating individual differences and preventive planning.  Coordinates appropriate, timely patient care between health care providers and other ancillary clinicians, as appropriate, under a physician license, for a defined patient population(s), focusing on identified expected unit/optimal outcomes, individualized to the patient. 
2.Collaborates quality health care with interprofessional team members to manage/coordinate patient care.  Provides first-assist and/or second-assist surgical services as needed.
3.Responds and is available timely to patient questions/issues that arise as triaged by clinical staff and provides assistance for emergencies, as needed.

1.Provides safe and effective care by leading and initiating areas for improvement in patient care or unit operations, outcome, quality and patient safety improvement activities in alignment with organizational goals.  Integrates, modifies, and contributes to professional practice standards, policies, procedures, protocols by participating in unit projects, shared governance activities or interdisciplinary team activities. 
2.Leads and supports colleagues and staff in conducting evidence-based practive/performance improvement projects and implementing findings.  Facilitates active involvement of others in team meetings, unit activities and process improvement.
3.Performs independent or delegated functions under physician license, such as diagnosis, use of prescriptive authority and treatment according to practice guidelines, protocols, and/or standing orders.
4.Reviews medications and test reports on patients, responds to critical test results, and advises on any corrective action based on the results.

1.Performs accurate and timely documentation in medical records, including diagnosis and CPT coding.
2.Implements department strategies to achieve financial target and mentors others to do the same through timely documentation of care, decreasing length of stay, optimizing efficiency, and other areas according to department specifications.  Projects awareness and understanding of resource allocation based on patient needs and staff experience, knowledge and skills.

1.Demonstrates leadership as clinical resource, interdisciplinary consultant and patient advocate by serving as an instructor in continuing education, formal program, or expert consultation.  Identifies leadership opportunities for professional growth of staff; coaches/mentors individuals to accomplishment of goals.  Identifies, plans, and implements education for the service line in collaboration with team members and Physician Assistance Service leadership.
2.Generates and communicates new ideas to lead team to creative strategies that improve quality or service and impact the department and address organization or department priorities. 

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

oBachelor¿s degree for Physician Assistant
oGraduate from accredited Physician Assistant program by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

oFive years of experience as a Physician Assistant in multi-specialty practice
oProgressive management experience preferred.

oPhysician Assistant ¿ Certified (PA-C) credential, licensed and credentialed by the Texas Board of Physician Assistants
oDrug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration withing 6 months of hire
oAmerican Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
oAmerican Heart Association Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

oDemonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
oSufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
oAbility to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
oUse of critical thinking skills and clinical judgment to work autonomously as defined by the Board of Physician Assistants
oAccepts accountability for outcomes in healthcare


Work AttireYes/No
Uniform                      No
Business professionalYes
Other (dept approved)          Yes

On-Call*                                 Yes, on a regular basis (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.
May require travel within      Yes
Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside    Yes
of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group - As one of the nation’s leading hospitals and academic medical centers Houston Methodist has brought together some of the nation’s leading experts in multiple specialties to serve our patients.  As part of Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group (HMSPG), these specialists not only provide excellent clinical care, but are on the forefront of research, developing leading-edge technologies and treatments, and teaching the medical pioneers of tomorrow.  This combination of clinical service, research and academics ensures patients have access to the latest in treatments and technologies while providing the best in comprehensive patient care.  Established as a non-profit corporation and certified by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, HMSPG enables physicians to maintain autonomy with respect to their clinical practice while growing their practice within an academic environment.

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