I. JOB SUMMARY
Physician Assistant works as part of the orthopedic surgical team performing a variety of clinical direct patient services including assessment, diagnosis, implementation of treatment, evaluation and monitoring the orthopedic patient management plan for patients. Physician Assistant assists Physicians with hospital rounding and serves as a surgical assistant. Physician Assistant performs under the oversight of a licensed and board certified Physician.
Serves as a patient advocate within the health care system. Is responsible for assisting with the safety, comfort, care, and treatment of patients according to established standards. Participates in the Hospitals Quality Improvement and Service Excellence programs. Demonstrates understanding of the philosophy and objectives, and adheres to policy and procedures of the department and organization.
- Graduate of Accredited Physician Assistant program.
- One year of experience in Orthopedics required.
- Unrestricted license to practice within Texas.
- Current DEA certificate without restriction.
D. Communication Skills:
- Able to read, write and speak English.
III. PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is of medium demand. Standing and walking most of time on duty. Some lifting of patients with assistance. Frequent reaching and handling of instruments and equipment when attending to patients needs. Fingering usage when changing dressings and bandages. Talking and hearing for discussions with patients and supervisors. Near-visual acuity for accurate reading of gages and thermometers and for recording on patients charts. Works inside.
V. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
A. Works under the supervision of Physician and/or Physician Assistant/Advanced Nurse Practitioner
B. Patient Care Responsibilities:
Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Performs comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations
- Interprets laboratory and diagnostic tests
- Interprets and correlates subjective and objective data to formulate a differential diagnosis and establish a working diagnosis
- Formulates a treatment plan for orthopaedic conditions within their scope of practice
- Exercises judgment on conditions requiring consultation, referral or evaluation by the supervising orthopaedic surgeon or other health care professionals
- Assists in surgical procedures
- Conducts hospital rounds, writes orders, takes call and sees patients in the ED for the orthopaedic surgeon
- Formulates and implements treatment and therapeutic plans for hospitalized
- Maintains clinic hours for follow up patients
- Other duties as assigned.
C. Communication Skills:
- Communicates patient information.
- Documents patient information.
- Transcribes physician orders.
D. Interpersonal Skills:
- Maintains adaptability.
- Supports unit team.
- Resolves problems.
- Demonstrates professional behavior.
- Promotes Service Excellence.
- Assist others in sharing responsibilities of fellow employees to maintain smooth functioning in workplace if needed.
E. Personnel Issues:
- Follows personnel policies and procedures.
- Maintains safe environment.
- Participates in continuous Quality Improvement programs.
F. Abides by the HMH Legal Compliance Code of Conduct.
G. Maintains a safe work environment and reports safety concerns appropriately
H. Performs other related duties as needed or assigned.