UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/23/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.
Under the direction of the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the incumbent functions as a patient care provider in the operating rooms, intensive care units, progressive care units and outpatient clinics. The PA plans, implements and evaluates healthcare treatments for cardiac and thoracic surgery patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
The PA also functions as a surgical assistant in the operating room, in the clinics and on the wards, all in coordination with established surgical services. Direct supervision will occur by assigned physicians. The position requires a strong emphasis on the complete care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient, from pre- to peri- to post-operative settings. The incumbent participates in ongoing research and data collection for quality assurance purposes. The PA functions as liaison to care coordinators, social workers and nurses.
Current California Physician Assistant (PA) license.
Current PA Certification from NCCPA.
Two (2)+ years of PA experience.
Must have BLS and ACLS certification at time of hire with commitment to get ART within 6 months of hire date.
Position requires special knowledge, skills and abilities in the fields of cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and wound care.
Theoretical background in: anatomy, physiology, general medicine, pulmonary, emergency and critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, therapeutics including pharmacology, counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.
Ability to perform initial history, and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.
Skill to operate appropriate medical equipment, i.e., Swan-Ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors, cardiac defibrillator, transducer systems, digital read-out equipment, and medical computer systems.
Skills necessary to function as first assistant in operative procedures, and knowledge of operating room standards and techniques.
Ability to properly counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations. Ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health care personnel. Ability to maintain good working relationships and communications with physicians in-charge, laboratory personnel, and members of the health care team.
Knowledge necessary for instructing housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in all aspects of surgical care.
Recent cardiothoracic surgery experience.
Proficiency in saphenous vein harvesting, both with open and endoscopic techniques.
ACLS and/or ART.
Clinic setting experience.
Must be able to obtain medical staff privileges.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs. Some weekend work and overtime may be required as needed.
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