This individual is responsible for the care and treatment of the practice’s patients under the direction of his/her supervising physician(s). Assists designated physician(s) in performance of Clinical office and on-call duties. The Physician Assistant reports directly to the Supervising Physician(s) for clinical matters and to the Practice Administrator for administrative matters.
SUPERVISION: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Criterion 1: Provides diagnosis and treatment of common Orthopaedic problems.
- Elicits appropriate present and past medical history and review of systems
- Performs appropriate physical examination and orders appropriate diagnostic studies
- Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings in history and physical
- Establishes appropriate differential diagnosis
- Assesses stability of chronic illness and compliance with present therapy; monitors for complications of disease or therapy
- Establishes appropriate treatment plan. Assesses need for physical intervention
- Determines timing for follow-up and orders appropriate referrals
- Performs technical procedures and utilizes basic diagnostic instruments with skill
- Counsels regarding health maintenance and injury prevention, and provides anticipatory guidance as appropriate
Criterion 2: Provides health education to patients about ways to improve, promote, and maintain their health status, including but not limited to providing educational information on disease/injuries, prevention of injuries and self-care practices.
- Assesses and tailors education to learning capabilities and readiness of individual
- Priorities learning needs and documents them
- Ensures that time frame and subject matter is appropriate for individuals
- Utilizes appropriate teaching materials (handouts, demonstration, etc.) and documents use and patient outcome.
Criterion 3: Maintains accurate records, medication lists, and documentation of care and follow-up for administrative purposes and reimbursement of services.
- Adheres to agreed-upon format/protocol for documentation of records
- Maintains appropriate level of documentation to promote/support level of complexity when compare against/to service fee charges
- Reviews and updates problem and initiates problem and medication list on new patients
- Documents telephone calls with patients and other healthcare providers
- Documents visit in concise, clear, logical, and legible manner
Criterion 4: Maintains competence in surgical and clinical practice.
- Identified the knowledge and skills needed through self-assessment , peer review, and supervisory review
- Participates in a variety of education activities in order to maintain and increase competency
- Maintains licensure/certification
- Uses continuing-education opportunities as a basis for expanding medical knowledge and improving clinical skills, and incorporates these into the daily practice of medicine
Criterion 5: Supervises and intervenes with clinical issues and supports/directs triage by clinic staff when necessary. Implements clinical education and training of clinical staff when necessary.
- Provides constructive feedback as it relates to performance, patient flow, and patient care issues
- Provides in-services and clinical education for staff members on an “as needed” basis
- Identifies barriers to patient care flow or delivery, and assists at formulating corrective action
- Serves as a role model for patient interaction and conflict resolution for clinical staff
- Works collaboratively with health team members, both in and out of office setting, to ensure complete delivery of prescribed care
Criterion 6: Adheres to the drug formulary used by the practice.
- Prescribes within the practice agreement set forth by supervising physicians 100$ of the time
Criterion 7: Demonstrates regard for the dignity and respect for all patients, their families, guests, and representatives of other organizations as well as fellow employees, volunteers, and medical staff. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of HIPPA compliance regulations.
- Maintains confidentiality of patient and practice information with no infractions.
- Consistently displays a caring and responsive attitude, represents the practice in a positive manner, and conducts all activities respecting patient/customer rights and expectations
- Interpersonal relations with other health care workers are regularly fostered in a courteous and friendly manner
- Facilitates resolution of conflicts with staff members
- Consistently receives and gives suggestions and constructive criticism in a professional manner
Criterion 8: Demonstrates responsibility for individual performance and efficient utilization of products, supplies, equipment, and time to ensure the timely completion of duties and to promote financial viability through provision of services at a reasonable cost
- Maintains consistent level of productivity
- Provides proper notification for all absences or tardiness, and scheduled time off
- Consistently uses products, supplies, and equipment in an efficient manner
Criterion 9: Employee follows established safety precautions and procedures in the performance of all duties in order to ensure a safe environment.
- Regularly performs job tasks in accordance with company policy and procedures, including appropriate use of equipment, machines, appropriate use in wearing of physical barriers and safety equipment
- Demonstrates a concern for cleanliness of self and work area and practices proper infection control and universal precautions techniques
- Regularly maintains work area and equipment in neat and orderly manner, assists in the cleaning of other work areas, and corrects any malfunctioning equipment or environmental
Criterion 10: Performs other duties or functions as assigned
- Certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
- Licensed with the State of Michigan
Education, Training and Experience:
- Graduation from an accredited Physician Assistant Program
- 2 years previous experience in Orthopaedics
Specific skills, knowledge and abilities:
- Knowledge of the professional medical/surgical orthopaedic practice
- Appropriate ability to give and evaluate patient care
- Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations, and procedures to administer patient care
- Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care
- Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment
- Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods, and techniques of medicine to provide on-going patient care
- Skill in taking medical history, assessing medical condition, and interpreting findings
- Skill in preparing and maintaining records, writing reports, and responding to correspondence
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, employees, Physicians, and the public
- Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
- Ability to interpret, adapt, apply guidelines and procedures
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
Motor, sensory and physical requirements:
- Requires full range of body motion
- Manual dexterity required to handle and lift patients
- Employee may be required to lift over 50 pounds
- Ability to ambulate frequently through the office/hospital to assist in seeing patients and making rounds
- Ability to stand for long periods to assist in surgery
- Employee must have normal or correctible range of hearing and eyesight
Benjamin J. Charlick
Human Resources Generalist
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan
1111 Leffingwell NE
Grand Rapids MI 49525
Office: (616) 459 – 7101 Ext. 2000
Fax: (616) 776-2706