Classified Title: Physician Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG Starting Salary Range: Competitive Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:-5:00 Employee subgroup: Salaried Exmpt Location: 26-MD:JH at Howard County Hospital Department name: 10003015-SOM Ortho Sports Medicine Division Personnel area: School of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is seeking a Physician Assistant to support the Orthopaedic program based predominantly at the Johns Hopkins Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) in Columbia, Maryland. The PA will work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and under the direction, supervision and responsibility of the Medical Director and in accordance with established policies, evaluates patient's health status through diagnostic procedures and tests. Provide therapeutic patient care under direction of a physician and in accordance with established protocols.
The PA will have the opportunity to work across a variety of settings including the HCGH emergency room, inpatient floors, and urgent care or typical clinic all on the Columbia campus. After an initial training period, the PA will have opportunities to evaluate and manage patients (consults, fracture care-reductions/splinting, joint aspirations/injection) in the ED, inpatient floor, and clinic. Opportunities to assist in the operating room will also be available. The ideal candidate would be willing to take some home call with ortho attending back up and be flexible regarding hours throughout the week.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Interview patients and compiles patient medical histories to assist in determination of health status. Perform physical examinations of patients, noting normal and abnormal findings. Obtain specimens from patients and runs routine laboratory tests and procedures; performs diagnostic tests, orders non-routine laboratory tests or procedures as required. Analyze and evaluates patient history, physical examination findings and laboratory values, and makes preliminary diagnosis of patients for review by physician. Develop care/treatment plan for patient according to established protocols and procedures; confers and consults with supervisory physician and other professionals before implementing treatment.
Perform procedures as required such as starting I.V. lines, applying plaster casts, traction and splints, assisting in placement of tubes, and suturing cuts and wounds. Prepare patient for surgery by shaving, scrubbing and draping surgical field following sterile techniques. Insert monitoring equipment such as urinary catheters and temperature probes. Assist physicians during surgical procedures. Write post-operative orders which include laboratory tests, medications, and care plans according to established procedure and protocol, for review by physician. May attend medical rounds with physician or members of medical staff to monitor patient progress, and provide information to staff on patient's care plan, condition and progress of patient.
Provide education and guidance to patients and family members in maintaining good health, disease prevention and home care under supervision of a physician. Attends regularly scheduled continuing education programs to ensure current knowledge of procedures and health care plans and protocols. Attend outpatient clinics and assists with patient management. Facilitate communication between own team and other consulting medical services. Requests consultations with other departments, as necessary. Acts as liaison with other medical services (social work, rehabilitation medicine, etc.). Provide first or second assist in operating room, as required. Remove and/or reinforce sutures. Evaluate wounds, changes dressings and performs wound care.
Perform other duties as required.
Master's degree; Certification by the NCCPA or similar national certifying body.
Completion of a CAAHEP certified Physician Assistant program. Must be licensed as PA in State of Maryland or other state where practicing.
Knowledge of medical terminology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Pharmacology, Clinical Medicine, Radiology, Microbiology and Pathology as acquired through completion of an accredited Physician's Assistant program.
Must be registered by the Board of Medical Examiners of Maryland.
Work requires minimum of six months on-the-job experience to obtain a comprehensive understanding of clinical and/or surgical procedures, patient care procedures, medical protocols and testing procedures. Work requires analytical ability necessary to evaluate and determine health status of patient and implement proper care plan. Interpersonal skills necessary to interview, teach and counsel patients; instruct health care personnel
on procedures and treatment.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of medical terminology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Pharmacology, Clinical Medicine, Radiology, Microbiology and Pathology as acquired through completion of an accredited program. Must be registered by the Board of Medical Examiners of Maryland. Work requires minimum of six months' on-the-job experience to obtain a comprehensive understanding of clinical and/or surgical procedures, patient care procedures, medical protocols and testing procedures. Work requires analytical ability necessary to evaluate and determine health status of patient and implement proper care plan. Interpersonal skills necessary to interview, teach and counsel patients; instruct health care. Interpersonal skills necessary to interview, teach and counsel patients; instruct health care personnel on procedures and treatment.
Working Conditions: Some exposure to contaminated materials, infectious specimens and communicable diseases, but potential for harm or personal injury is limited when proper safety and health precautions are followed. Work requires mental and visual concentration up to fifty percent of work time during patient histories, physical examinations or surgical procedures.
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