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    Summary

    The physician assistant (PA) assists a physician in the provision of health care service. The PA provides medical and surgical care within a defined scope of practice with a licensed physician utilizing established practice guidelines. Duties delegated by the physician to the PA are limited to function within that physician's normal scope of practice.

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    Responsibilities

    Core Outpatient Responsibilities:

    • Maintain specific knowledge and clinical expertise in the areas of general surgery, urology, orthopedic surgery, ENT and ophthalmology with priority to the primary specialty assignments.
    • Perform outpatient consultations on Veterans referred to the Surgical Clinics.
    • Solicit full, accurate patient history.
    • Perform complete physical examination.
    • Obtain interpretation of routine diagnostic labs, EKG, and other tests.
    • Maintain expertise in relevance of test and imaging study findings for surgical issues.
    • Write routine outpatient orders.
    • Counsel and instruct patients and family members on issues such as physical and mental health, diet, disease prevention and therapy, etc.
    • Implement therapeutic plan.
    • Participate in consultation handling and weekly encounter closure initiatives.
    • Assist in elective and emergent procedures.
    • Other tasks as assigned by service line manager
    Individually Identified Procedures - Actual procedures will be selected based on applicant skills and service requirements. Typical procedures include:
    • Surgical dressing changes
    • Measurement of post-void residual via ultrasound
    • General wound care
    • Administer intra-muscular, subcutaneous, intradermal injections & immunizations
    • Venipuncture
    • Administer intravenous medications
    • Assist at Surgery
    • Additional procedures: Orthopedic Surgery examples:
      • Remove & apply casts
      • Remove & apply splints
      • Joint aspiration
      • Joint injection
      • Reduce simple dislocation
      • Reduce closed fractures
      • Remove foreign bodies
    • Additional procedures: Ophthalmology examples:
      • Ensure patient readiness for surgery
      • Manage perioperative eye drops and other medications
      • Liaison with Pharmacy regarding perioperative medications
      • Case management of patients referred to other specialties & community care
    • Additional procedures: Urology examples:
      • Peripherally inserted central venous catheter placement
      • Lumbar puncture
      • Urethral dilatation
      • Intravesicular BCG instillation
      • Superficial biopsies
      • Transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy
      • Percutaneous placement/replacement of suprapubic catheters
      • Place LHRH agonist/antagonist implants
      • Intracorporeal penile injections for erectile dysfunction
      • Molding/injection procedure for Peyronie's disease

    Work Schedule: M-F, 7:30am to 5:30pm
    Financial Discloser Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536457200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.