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Physician Assistant - Physician Practice Management, Full-time in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 11/28/2018

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Job Description

General Summary

The Physician Assistant is responsible for providing high quality care to inpatients on the Acute Rehabilitation Setting (ARC) and/or in the Rehabilitation Physician outpatient practice as a member of the medical team.  The Physician Assistant, in collaboration with the physician(s), assists with determining the diagnosis of medical conditions, planning and implementing interventions, evaluating patient responses, and monitoring the rehabilitation progress of the patient with regard to functional goals. 

The Physician Assistant will serve as a resource for staff and students on issues and strategies in the management of patients and is expected to participate on SRAlab and affiliated facility committees and in educational offerings.  In addition, the Physician Assistant will participate in on-call coverage for the ARC based on assignments by the Medical Director.

The Physician Assistant consistently demonstrates support of the SRAlab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Physician Assistant demonstrates SRAlab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRAlab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Principal Responsibilities

  1. Elicit an accurate history and physical examination which may be focused or comprehensive to assist the attending physician in establishing a diagnosis, plans and implements interventions, medications, therapies and diagnostic tests according to established guidelines, and evaluates patient responses to therapies under the direction of a physician.
  2. Assemble a complete medical database including health history, history of chief complaint, and physical examination of selected patients on admission/readmission and documenting the findings in the patient record.
  3. In the outpatient practice, accurately and completely assessing the patient in a clinically relevant fashion to detect pathology and pain generators and develop a plan to identify and treat the patient.
  4. Assess selected patients using physically and technologically derived data, including the evaluation of diagnostic test results, and documenting this assessment in the patient record.
  5. Under the direction of and in consultation/collaboration with the physician, assist with diagnosis of medical conditions and planning medical therapies and interventions based on the medical database. Documenting and communicating the diagnosis and plan to other members of the health care team.
  6. Under the direction of and in consultation/collaboration with the physician, order medical consultations, therapies, and interventions including, but not limited to, medications, diagnostic tests, respiratory care including ventilator management, nutrition, fluid and electrolyte support, blood and blood product.  Documenting these orders and directives in the patient record and communicating them to the members of the patient care team. (Orders written by the physician assistant are noted with the name of the physician assistant and collaborating physician as verbal orders.)
  7. Perform invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures based on the needs of the specific patient population as determined collaboratively with the physician and as approved by the Credentialing Committee.  Documenting the procedure and the patient responses and results in the patient record.
  8. Evaluate and analyze the patients’ responses to disease processes and therapeutic interventions, and determining the effectiveness of care and need to alter the plan of care.
  9. Present selected patients’ assessment, diagnosis, and plan of care during medical rounds.
  10. Lead or participate in patient team conferences and family/team meetings, documenting the discussion in the patient record, and communicating outcome to the interdisciplinary team.
  11. Provide information and support to patient and families.  Facilitating communication between patient family members and members of the health care team.
  12. Collaborate effectively with the nurses, therapists and manager to implement and evaluate comprehensive patient care delivery.
  13. Serve as a resource to members of the health care team to facilitate patient care delivery by using an in-depth pathophysiological and psychological knowledge base.

 Acute Rehabilitation Call and Coverage  

  1. Participate  in on-call responsibilities for the practice as assigned and/or approved by the medical director.
  2. During each on-call assignment where patients would not normally be rounded on daily, such as a standard weekend, at least  one bedside assessment on every patient on the ARC service with appropriate documentation should be completed every 48 hours.
  3. On-call responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  •  Being available either in person or telephonically to patients of the practice and the nursing staff of the ARC 24/7 during each assignment;
  • Assessing patients with acute medical issues during non-routine work hours as necessary;
  • Maintaining a response time measured from the point of contact to arrival at the bedside of 60 minutes or less;
  • Handling any/all admissions to the ARC during assigned rotation.

Reporting Relationships

  1.  Reports directly to Medical Director at assigned SRAlab -Affiliate Rehabilitation Alliance.
  2.  Reports to designated Physician for clinical supervision

Job Requirements

  1. Graduate of an approved Physician Assistant program.
  2. Licensure as a Physician Assistant in the State of Illinois.
  3. Minimum of three years of experience in the health care field.
  4. Requires interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with patients, patient families, referring parties, Institute executives and treatment team members.
  5. Requires ability to demonstrate sound medical knowledge and leadership capability.
  6. Advanced cardiac life support certificate preferred.

Working Conditions

  1. Normal patient care environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.
  2. Exposure to moderately adverse working conditions in performing certain patient care activities.
  3. Occasional exposure to infectious diseases when working with patients.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.