Physician Assistant - CV Surgery
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Location: Houston, TX
Category: Physician Assistant

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F


Job Summary

03/2012
JOB SUMMARY
Functions as a mid level practitioner maintaining and promoting the health of the patient in a surgical and clinical setting.  Affects direct patient care according to the Board of Physician Assistant Examiners in the State of Texas and The Methodist Hospitals policies and procedures.

PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
Serves all age groups.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1.Coordinates appropriate, timely patient care under physician supervision, for a defined patient population(s), focusing on identified expected unit/optimal outcomes individualized to the patient.
2.Coordinates patient care between healthcare providers.
3.Conducts comprehensive health assessments (initial, ongoing, discharge) identifies normal/abnormal health characteristics, develops plan of care, initiates appropriate interventions, and evaluates care outcomes on defined patient populations.
4.Performs delegated functions under physician supervision, such as differential diagnosis, use of prescriptive authority, and treatment according to practice guidelines, protocols, and/or standing orders.  Accepts accountability for outcomes in healthcare.
5.Performs invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures necessary for defined patient populations.
6.Uses critical thinking skills and clinical judgment to work autonomously as defined by the Board of Physicians Assistants.  Collaborates with healthcare team members to manage/coordinate patient care.
7.Demonstrates leadership as clinical resource, interdisciplinary consult, and patient advocate.  May serve as preceptor for Physician Assistant students and medical residents.
8.Performs pre operative histories, physical exams and inpatient admissions.  Identifies patients prior to surgery.  Helps position patients in the operating room.
9.Surgical first assisting to include retracting, suctioning, suturing, cauterizing and performing other surgical duties directed by the physician.
10.Assists physician with rounding of inpatients and coordinating their care.  May also perform hospital consults.
11.Promotes quality health care through integration of current research into practice and participation in research activities.
12.Maintains current licensure and credentials.  Remains current in practice. 
13.Participates in professional activities such as research presentation and publications.
14.Demonstrates the components of the ICARE values statement.
15.Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
1.Graduate from accredited PA program and successful completion of NCCPA examination
2.Licensed by the Texas Board of Physician Assistants
3.Prescriptive authority privileges through the State of Texas
4.American Heart Association BLS and ACLS required

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
1.Required minimum of three (3) years of clinical experience and one (1) year of surgical experience.
2.Must be able to communicate effectively in English

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
1.Licensed and Credentialed by the Texas Board of Physician Assistants
2.Prescriptive authority privileges through the State of Texas


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 Willowbrook Hospital opened its doors to Northwest Houston in December 2000. In May 2010, a major expansion on the 52-acre campus doubled the size of the hospital, brining more expertise, more state-of-the-art technology and more specialized care to the community. With 251 licensed beds, 16 operating rooms and over 1,600 employees, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital was specifically designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

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