Surgical Physician Assistant
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) delivers an extraordinary patient experience we call Patient Empowered Care®. We deliver state-of-the-art, high quality care through an integrative model where a team of experts puts patients at the center of their own care. Every day, you will help patients win the fight against cancer. Every day is challenging and rewarding beyond your imagination.
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Under the direction of the supervising physician, the dependent Physician Assistant provides professional surgical services, within the scope of services as determined by the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants, the Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC) medical staff rules and regulations and the WRMC administrative direction. The Physician Assistant is the agent of the Physician Assistant’s supervising physician for any medical services(within the supervising physician’s scope of practice) that are delegated by that physician and that are; within the Physician Assistant’s scope of practice and are delineated by protocols, practice guidelines, or practice directives established by the supervising physician. The Physician Assistant may perform health care tasks in any setting authorized by the supervising physician
- Performs first assistant duties in the OR and/or clinic with complete knowledge of the disease process and whole patient care scenario, including, but not limited to: positioning, preparation and draping of the patient; tissue manipulation; utilization of tying and suturing materials; drain/tube insertion; deep and superficial wound closure; application of internal devices and any other autonomous duties or procedures delegated by the supervising surgeon.
- Performs non-anesthesia minor surgical procedures without in-room supervision.
- Meets the specific needs of the attending surgeon and maintains the technical skills necessary to handle a broad range of procedures including, but not limited to: colorectal (including robotic cases), breast, plastic (including microvascular cases), orthopedic, gynecologic (including robotic cases), head & neck, thoracic (including robotic cases) and urologic (including robotic cases) services
- Consults, collaborates and communicates well with the surgeon and other consulting medical providers, and healthcare professionals such as hospitalists, intensivists, pain management, cardiologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, etc. to meet the needs of the patients.
- Evaluates diagnoses and treats illnesses and injuries in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.
- Evaluates care and orders and interprets appropriate labs, special studies (i.e. radiographic studies), IVs, diet, and therapeutic interventions as required.
- Educates and counsels patients.
- Performs comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations, including in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.Maintains the skills of the Primary Care PA
- Prescribes schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substances as defined in the federal controlled substances act of 1970 (P.L. 91-513; 84 Stat. 1242; 21 United States Code section 802) and prescription only medications.
- Writes orders as indicated for pre-operative, intraoperative, post-operative and clinical follow up care and completes documentation in a timely fashion.
- Ability to navigate the clinical information systems as needed to perform job duties. Knowledge and proficient with how to document patient orders, history and physicals, review the PACS System, and navigate through the surgical information system.
- Strictly adheres to the Universal Protocol, while performing the role of Surgical Assistant in the operating suite under the direction of the supervising physician and/or while performing other medical procedures.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a healthcare related field required
- Physician Assistant certification obtained by an institute accredited by Accreditation Review required Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) required
- Licensed in the state of Arizona required
- Minimum of 3 years as a Physician Assistant in a surgical sub-specialty
- ACLS/BLS (American Heart Association) certifications
- Oncology experience preferred
- Strong background in surgical experience including suturing and laparoscopy required
- DaVinci Robotic experience preferred
- Proficient knowledge of computer programs including computer physician order entry programs is preferred
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We call ourselves Stakeholders because we all have a stake in the care and success of every patient. Today, CTCA Stakeholders deliver healing and hope to patients fighting complex and advanced cancer in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Tulsa, OK. Each of our hospitals earned a Best Place to Work distinction and receives numerous accreditations that celebrate our culture of clinical quality, innovation, high performance and wellness.
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We select people with talent—people who thrive in an environment of continuous improvement. We are creative and resourceful problem solvers. We are inventors and innovators. As a CTCA Stakeholder, you make the difference in the life of a patient.
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