The Physician Assistant functions as an integral member of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health services to patients seen in this clinic (part of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System). The Physician Assistant works collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment to assess, plan treatment, and implement the care of patients with acute and chronic mental health conditions.Learn more about this agency
Performing initial medical histories and physical examinations on new and established patients enrolled in the mental health clinic, outlining medical problems and indicating patient assessment and management plan.
- Performing initial mental health diagnostic evaluations and ongoing mental health assessments including risk assessments on outpatients enrolled in the Mental Health Clinic and extended care programs indicating patient assessment and management plan.
- Screening outpatients to determine the need for further care.
- Carrying out health promotion and disease prevention activities.
- Ordering appropriate laboratory tests, EKG's, x-ray examinations and comparable procedures according to criteria previously established by the Medical Staff Executive Committee.
- Drawing blood specimens (venipuncture) for testing and performing other comparable procedures when personnel who customarily perform such procedures are not available.
- Initiating and expediting requests for consultation and scheduling of special tests and studies.
- Providing ongoing outpatient mental health care including psychotherapy and medication management for assigned patients.
- Counseling the patient and his family as to preventive care, medical problems, mental health issues, and the use of prescribed treatment and drugs.
- Initiating drug therapy on all VA class products including psychotropic medications except antineoplastics, blood products, anticoagulant thrombolytic agents and cardiac antiarrythmics.
- Administering medications via injections to patients including depot intramuscular antipsychotics when the PA is appropriately trained.
- Making interim and discharge summaries of patients: medical records as required. The responsible physician(s) will review and sign the summary.
- Making appropriate records on all procedures performed for which he is responsible.
- Collaborates with primary care and specialty medical care providers to help manage patients and makes referrals to subspecialty Mental Health clinics when appropriate.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.); may required to work some evenings
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.expected to travel for this position. Travel to Community Based Outpatient Clinics / VA Medical Centers may be required dependent on clinical needs.
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