The Curtis National Hand Center located at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is home to the country’s largest collection of hand surgeons and specially trained hand therapists. We treat over 25,000 patients each year. As the designated hand and upper extremity trauma center in Maryland, we have also cared for over 1,200 hand trauma patients. We currently have a full time opening for an Inpatient Physician Assistant to join our team of experts! This position offers you the unique opportunity to practice with the dedicated and highly functional team in the treatment of hand and upper extremity traumas. 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.
As a new Physician Assistant you can expect:
- Various work schedule (may include some Saturdays)
- A competitive salary and $10,000 signing bonus
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Paid malpractice insurance
- Generous paid time off
- CME leave and CME allowance
- Retirement plan – 403-B with % employer match
Job Summary - Performs a variety of duties such as history and physicals as well as providing care to assigned patients. Assesses, diagnoses, and documents findings. Writes medical orders and/or prescriptions. Makes clinical decisions relative to patient management through collaboration with physicians.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- 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.
- Functions under surgeon's direction as surgical assistant. Assists in necessary preparations prior to and after surgery.
- Initiates standing and regular orders including activity, diet, vital signs, routine laboratory work, routine diagnostic tests, laxatives, sedatives, analgesics, and appropriate medical and rehab therapies.
- Monitors patients and communicates significant patient findings or changes in patients' status to the appropriate physician.
- Obtains detailed and accurate history, performs physical examinations, and reviews medical records to assess patients' health status.
- Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts.
- Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
- Performs emergency lifesaving procedures as appropriate.
- Performs necessary rounds independently or with the attending physician and/or students.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Performs procedures as appropriate for patient care. Writes appropriate order sets including medications.
- Provides emotional and educational support to patient and family as may be appropriate.
- Responds to nursing and ancillary status calls.
- Stays aware of diagnostic tests reports that require prompt medical intervention. Communicates directly with physician for interventions not covered by standing orders.
- Writes progress notes on patients' medical record indicating patient status, treatment, and procedures performed.
- 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.
- 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.