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La Jolla Medical Center
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HX Contract
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Nights, 12 hour shifts

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#112253 (PA) Neonatal Physician Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 10/22/2021

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The Neonatal Physician Assistant provides primary care for the high-risk neonate and participates in the development and implementation of educational programs related to the high-risk neonate and their family. The Neonatal Physician Assistant functions from the time of birth of the high-risk infant through their discharge: practices in collaboration with and under the direct supervision of an attending neonatologist; plans and presents in-service education to large groups in the community as well as within the medical center.; writes and implements policies and procedures regarding the care of the high-risk neonate; and participates in and may initiate research studies. Under the supervision of the Neonatal Director, the Neonatal PA directs the management of patient care of neonates by 4th year medical students and orients and directs patient care of neonates by interns during their rotation. They each manage a case load of critically ill neonates. They act as a liaison and in collaboration with other medical center departments, community agencies, and consultants. Other duties include supporting the development of guidelines and employee and student orientation packets. They teach courses on various subjects regarding neonatal care to medical students and interns, leads formal patient care conferences and lead rounds in the absence of the Fellow or attending. They also participate on external transports for critical newborns to the medical center and lead resuscitation in high-risk deliveries.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the PA or Sr. PA level.


  • California Physician Assistant (PA) license.

  • Current PA Certification from NCCPA.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within 6 months of hire date.

  • NRP certification.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in performing a comprehensive neonatal assessment and general medical examination, identifying medical problems and formulate appropriate plan of action. Must be able to see patients independently.

  • Proficiency in documentation of patient conditions and outcomes.

  • Experience interacting positively, constructively, and effectively with staff, physicians, patients and the general public.

  • Experience in performing effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload and frequent interruptions.

  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of PCIS/Epic for retrieval of patient data (computer skills required; PCIS/Epic preferred).

  • Demonstrated experience working in a clinical research environment. Ability to identify potential clinical trials patients.

  • Demonstrated experience providing patient education and counseling and developing and implementing long- and short-range treatment plans.

  • Knowledge of study formats, with ability to edit charts and resolve inconsistencies.

  • Skill in patient interviewing, obtaining a concise medical history and acquiring pertinent data.

  • Demonstrated experience in research techniques, such as following a protocol, and in collecting all data precisely.

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of the name, abbreviation, and purpose of various diagnostic tests/procedures, including proper scheduling and completion of necessary requisitions and consents.


  • One (1+) or more years of recent work experience as a licensed Neonatal Physician Assistant).

  • Work experience in an Academic Medical Center.


  • Must be able to work various hours, days, shifts, on-call and locations based on the 24-hour Medical Center's business needs.
  • Shifts may change to 10 and 14 hour shifts.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges and maintain during employment.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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