City
 
Date Posted
09 / 20 / 2019
Grade
85
Hours Required
Per-Diem
Department
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Schedule
Per Diem
Education
Master's Degree Required
Location
Mount Auburn Hospital - Cambridge, MA

Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant

Mount Auburn Hospital - Cambridge, MA

Description:

DESCRIPTION:

Participates in the management of all cardiac surgical patients through the continuum of care from pre-test to discharge, inclusive of the operating room (depending on skill level).

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Functions as a conduit for all patient-care related information between attending physician, consultants, house staff, nursing, and other ancillary staff.  Determines and relays to other providers, as appropriate, modified treatment plans and/or other interventions.
  2. Performs daily patient rounding and follow-up for cardiac surgical patients including physical examination, and diagnostic/therapeutic intervention(s).  Orders routine laboratory and diagnostic studies, medications, and consultations for patients on the service, to be co-signed within 24 hours by a physician involved in the patient's care.  Documents on a daily basis in the permanent medical record the patient status and further plan based on interpreted data.
  3. Provides first-level response to acute changes in patient status or complications, and initiates appropriate measures.
  4. Elicits a detailed history, performs physical examinations, writes assessments and orders, and presents pertinent data for all cardiac surgical admissions. 
  5. Plans and executed all coordinated elements of the patient discharge.
  6. Performs and/or assists the physician staff in requirements for hemodynamic monitoring and overall preparation of the patient for surgery.
  7. Performs the skills as outlined in the Cardiac Surgery physician assistant delineation of privileges (i.e. removal of chest tubes/pacing wires, arterial line placement, central line placement, Foley catheter placement, etc). *Not an exhaustive list and congruent with competency/skill level.
  8. Orients medical students, physician assistant students, surgical interns, and junior surgical residents to Mount Auburn Hospital patient-care practices and hospital policies and procedures

Requirements:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1.  Graduate of an American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA)-approved PA training program.
  2.  Board certification as outlined by the Massachusetts State Board of  Registration of Physician Assistants.
  3.  Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification required.
  4.  Massachusetts Controlled Substance (DPH) and DEA certificates required.
  5.  Surgical experience preferred, including experience in performing or assisting with acute hospital-level ICU/surgical procedures.
  6.  Two or more years of clinical experience in an inpatient setting are desired, preferably ICU or acute care center.
  7.  Excellent interpersonal skills for positive interaction with patients, physicians, and other staff

    WORKING CONDITIONS

  8.  ICU, Step-Down and OR patient care environment, with risk of standard exposure/hazards

     

    ***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 to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of personnel so classified.