Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
Per Union Contract
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 11 hr shifts

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#117694 (PA) Physician Assistant Per Diem - Express Care

Initial Review Date: Fri 9/30/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy


This position will provide patient care coverage seven days a week, including various holidays, for various Express Care Clinics located in Eastlake, Encinitas, Downtown or Virtual Express Care as well as future Express Care clinics in the division. The Physician Assistant (PA) will function as extension of patient care for UCSD Primary Care providing same-day acute care to patients with common health problems, such as colds and cough, sore throats, ear infections, UTI, superficial lacerations and simple sprains and strains. The PA will also assist with improving access to primary care patients with chronic or acute needs, the provider will also assist with duties such as, but not limited to annual wellness exams, post-hospital follow ups, and population health initiatives as needed.

The PA will follow standardized advanced practice procedure guidelines to provide follow through with the care plan. Assess and provide actions as appropriate for patient care populations based on competence, professional expertise, and knowledge.

The primary location this position is downtown San Diego. Must be able and willing to work in all Express Care clinic locations.


  • Must be a graduate from a physician assistant program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). 
  • California Physician Assistant (PA) license. 
  • Current PA Certification from NCCPA.

  • BLS/CPR and ACLS certifications at time of hire with commitment to get ART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Current PALS certification, or required to obtain within six (6) months of hire.

  • Minimum one (1) year of licensed work experience as a Physician Assistant in Primary Care, Urgent Care, or an Express Care type clinic. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two years gained through school or work experience.

  • Ability to manage own patient load.

  • Must be able to work within a team environment.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Three (3+) or more years of recent PA experience in Primary Care and/or Urgent Care.

  • Telemedicine or video visit experience.

  • High-acuity triage and critical care experience.

  • Urgent and primary care procedural experience (e.g. suturing, stapling, I&D, EKG and Basic Radiology interpretation).


  • Must be able to work various hours, days, shifts, on-call and locations based on the 24-hour Medical Center's business needs.
  • Variable work schedule. Must be able to work every other weekend and some holidays.
  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges and maintain during employment.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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