Orthopaedic Physician Assistant

Location: Maryland-Baltimore
Duration: Permanent - Full Time
Job ID: 20581155
Category: Physician Assistant - Orthopaedic
Practice Type:   Hospital
Job Posted: 03/22/19

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (MUMH), a proud member of MedStar Health, is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine.  We currently have a full time opening for an experienced Orthopaedic Physician Assistant to work directly with our orthopaedic spine specialty surgeon.  Shape your future in health care in the kind of setting that’s right for you. Become part of an organization that welcomes your experience, input and leadership— as a clinician and healthcare expert.

This position offers you the opportunity to care for patients in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic and first assist with spine and orthopaedic surgeries; the ability to work at the region’s only orthopaedic specialty hospital while supported and/or works in collaboration with residents and fellows.   In addition, you will have a Monday – Friday schedule with no weekends and no holidays while practicing at MUMH and our MedStar Health at Bel Air facility.


As a new Orthopaedic Physician Assistant at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, you can expect:

A competitive salary and $10,000 signing bonus Medical, dental and vision insurance Paid malpractice insurance Generous paid time off Retirement plan – 403-B with % employer match


Job Summary

Performs a variety of duties such as surgical assist, independently evaluating, and providing care to assigned patients. On an independent basis, assesses, diagnoses, and documents findings. Writes medical orders. Makes clinical decisions relative to patient management based on the surgeon's protocols.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyzes the assessment data in determining diagnoses by defining and prioritizing actual or potential care problems as the basis for designing interventions for the restoration of health. Demonstrates ability to respond with appropriate interventions in emergency situations.
  • Completes competency evaluations in appropriate areas. Demonstrates knowledge and skill to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served and completes mandatory in-services.
  • Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
  • Develops treatment plan and discusses proposed course of treatment with the patient's attending physician and other healthcare team members as appropriate, including consultations and referrals.
  • Documents H & Ps (history and physicals), treatment plans, and progress notes on all actual or potential patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. Initiates appropriate referral/consultations keeping in mind patient safety and cost containment issues. Independently sees patients on clinic days, as needed. Develops patient problem list in order to ensure that patient receives comprehensive care. Uses approved forms for documentation of patient information.
  • Evaluates patients' progress toward attainment of goals through continuous evaluation of the patient's changing condition and response to therapeutic intervention, modifies the plan of care to optimize patient outcomes. Provides follow up on progress notes on all actual or potential patients undergoing orthopaedicsurgery.
  • Identifies expected patient outcomes that are individualized to the patient. Under the direction of the physician, assures that the patient and other healthcare team members identify expected outcomes of care as the basis for developing multi-disciplinary plan of care.
  • Initiates, performs, and interprets appropriate diagnostic tests necessary in routine and emergent care of patients.
  • Monitors patients and communicates significant patient findings or changes in patients' status, to the appropriate physician and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams and participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Responds appropriately to all nursing and ancillary status calls. Provides emotional and educational support to the patient and family as may be appropriate.  

To learn more about this position or to apply, please send a CV to Nicole Whaley at (register or log in to show contact information).


Minimum Qualifications

  • Education/Training - Graduation from a Physician Assistant Program accredited by ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant). Bachelors degree; Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience - No experience required but highly preferred. Experience working under the direction of a surgeon preferred.
  • License/Certification/Registration - NCCPA (National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants) certification. Current license with the Maryland Board of Physicians. Current BLS (Basic Life Support)/ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities  - Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.

Contact information

Company: Medstar Health
Address: ATTN: Nicole Whaley
Baltimore MD 21220
Call: (410) 772-6500

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