Physician Assistant (PA) Job Description
Our fast-paced orthopedic trauma and sports medicine practice is looking for a motivated Physician Assistant to support our growing market. This position would work predominantly in the Williamson County location, just North of Austin, in Round Rock, TX. Below is a job description and the different areas of responsibilities the candidate will hold. Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest to the Practice Administrator at RKelley@aussts.com. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!!!
Job Title: Physician Assistant (PA)
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt
Basic Job Description/Expectations (not all inclusive)
- Perform patient evaluations and basic orthopedic exams as requested
- Perform follow up visits as requested
- Perform emergent patient visits when the physician is unavailable
- Perform urgent or postoperative visits when the physician is unavailable
- Administer injections, aspirations, and wound cultures
- Write prescriptions for medications, physical therapy, and medical equipment as needed
- Prepare patients for physical therapy by reviewing physical therapy requirements and answering patient questions; writing prescriptions for physical therapy and medications as requested; giving instructions for follow up visits
- Schedule surgery on behalf of the physicians as requested
- Prepare patients for surgery, including surgery scheduling; completing preoperative history, physical and other documentation; reviewing preoperative instructions; discussing surgery procedure, risks, and complications; and explaining postoperative restrictions
- Cooperate with office staff by checking daily schedules in advance to ensure efficient scheduling of patients in available work space; assist with rooming patients, wound/cast/splint dressing, and suture removal as needed
- Perform dictation for office visits and hospital consultations
- Review and sign patient reports and dictations in a timely manner
- Complete patient-related paperwork (work restrictions, letters of medical necessity, etc.) as needed
- Prepare preoperative paperwork for clinic as needed
OPERATING ROOM (OR)
- Help physicians gather x-rays and other pertinent clinical information for surgical patients
- Arrive in the OR early to review the schedule, review equipment, permit, etc.; arrive prior to physicians on the first case of the day; notify OR staff of arrival
- If two or more operations are intended, check to see they are on the permit and raise concern as needed
- Greet patient and family before surgery, and explain that you will be assisting with their case
- Assist the physician with the case; assist in positioning the patient; close the wound as indicated
- Survey the OR setup to ensure all items are ready and available
- Meet ahead of time with representatives to discuss cases and get product information
- Ensure equipment representatives are notified or present for their case; if they are not expected, ensure the appropriate products are available if they have been requested
- Review permit for correctness of side for surgery
- Ensure the patient has “X”ed their extremity and that this coincides with the permit
- Be prepared to write postoperative orders, operative notes, visit with patient’s family, dictation H&P, etc.
- Call outpatients on postoperative ‘day one’ to check on progress and see if there are any unanswered questions
- Ensure X-rays and arthroscopy photos are returned to the office
- PA will be expected to take call with physicians, also covering holiday/weekend shifts as per contract
- When on call, PA should expect phone calls from patients and hospital nursing staff; field questions; give appropriate orders; call in medications/prescriptions; consult with the physicians as needed
- PA will be expected to manage prescription refills during afterhours and on weekends as deemed appropriate
- PA will admit patients who do not require emergent surgery and attend the physician to the OR on emergency cases and admissions; for busy trauma calls, PA and physicians will see and triage patients together
- PA to take over patients in the office if the physician is called to the emergency room (ER); PA may be required to proceed to the ER first, in order to assess the patient, obtain X-rays, labs, etc. as ordered, and discussion plan with the physicians
- The Physician Extender will follow the “Scope of Practice” as developed and approved by Administration.
- The Physician Extender is expected to understand and comply with all current laws, rules and regulations, which govern the practice of Physician Extenders in the State of Texas.
- The Physician Extender may prescribe medications and dispense sample medications as dictated by the prescriptive privilege in the State of Texas or under the verbal order of the supervising physician.
- The Physician Extender, if qualified by training and experience as determined by the supervising physician, may perform medical treatments which fall within the normal scope of practice of the supervising physician.
- A Physician Extender may instruct and counsel patients and their families, and involve them in informed decision making, with regards to their injury and health maintenance.
- In a life threatening emergency situation when the supervising physician is not present, the Extender may initiate appropriate evaluation and treatment.
- The Extender shall always inform the patient or guardian that he/she is a Physician Extender and not a physician. The Extender should always offer to give the patient educational material if requested.
- A Physician Extender may carry out a prescription drug or device order in any health care setting in accordance with Texas State Law.
- The Extender will follow all policies and procedures of Employer including Clinical Policies and Personnel Policies.
- The Physician Extender may perform her duties only in the principal offices of the physician, public or private places or health facilities where the physician regularly sees patients.
- Professional behavior is expected; professional attire is expected: scrubs, clean/pressed lab coat, or polo w/ slacks
- Concerns regarding situations in the office, operating room, hospitals, etc. may be addressed with the Administrator and/or Physicians directly
- PA is expected to maintain current CME credits to meet licensure requirements for specialty
- Punctuality and attendance are critical; regular unscheduled absenteeism and tardiness will not be tolerated
- All scheduled PTO must be submitted well in advance (>2-weeks), and must be approved by Administrator/physicians
- Other duties as assigned by supervising physicians and/or Administrator