Job Description

Payroll Title:
PHYSCN AST SR
Department:
NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Full Salary Range
$65.16 - $88.91 / hour
Worksite:
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Career
Appointment Percent:
100%
Union:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
1
Work Schedule:
Days, 10 or 12 hour shifts, Sunday-Saturday including weekends

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

#120085 (PA) Sr. Physician Assistant - JMC Neurosurgery

Filing Deadline: Wed 12/7/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/29/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/7/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the salary range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

DESCRIPTION

UC San Diego Department of Neurosurgery is among the leading neurosurgical centers in the country. The Department offers challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of state-of-the-art clinical services, advanced educational programs, and cutting-edge research.The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under direction of the Chair of Neurosurgery, the incumbent functions as a patient care provider in the inpatient units including, ICU, IMU, medical/surgical and the operating room. The Senior Physician Assistant (SPA) plans, implements and evaluates healthcare treatments for neurosurgical brain and spine patients in the inpatient setting. Direct supervision will occur by assigned physicians. Responsible for discharge summaries. In accordance with standardized procedures, the incumbent will perform certain clinical duties customarily carried out by physicians. The provider may further need to provide outpatient back-up or cross-coverage support.

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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 and ACLS certifications at time of hire with commitment to get ART within six months of hire date.

  • Minimum six (6) months of work experience as a licensed Physician Assistant. Inpatient, acute care neurosurgical or surgical experience preferred. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two years gained through school or work experience.

  • Theoretical background in: anatomy, physiology, general medicine, pulmonary, emergency and critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, therapeutics including pharmacology, counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.

  • Ability to perform initial history, and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data in a meaningful manner.

  • Skills necessary to function as first assistant in operative procedures, and knowledge of operating room standards and techniques.

  • Ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner. Knowledge of operating room standards and techniques. Knowledge necessary for instructing house staff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in all aspects of surgical care.

  • Writing skills to prepare clear medical reports, laboratory data and progress notes, as well as policies, procedures and protocols for patient care management.

  • Ability to perform various medical procedures, for diagnostic studies and therapeutic modalities.

  • Working knowledge of medical terminology.

  • Ability to be trained in the use of specialized medical equipment.

  • Ability to properly counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health care personnel.

  • Ability to maintain good working relationships and communications with physicians in-charge, laboratory personnel, and members of the health care team.

  • Ability to write orders regarding execution of inpatient, outpatient plans of treatment.

  • Ability to assess the daily status and progress of patients and report this effectively to the physician in-charge and other medical care personnel associated with the patient.

  • Knowledge of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for the patients care and well-being and the skill in recording nursing/medical assessment findings accurately and completely.

  • Skill at providing clear written, verbal and telephone communication with a wide variety of people.

  • Knowledge of medical ethics and law practices, pertaining to medical and medical socioeconomics.

PREFERRED QULIFICATIONS

  • One year or more of working PA experience.

  • Experience in inpatient acute neurosurgical or surgical care.

  • Neuro experience.

  • Experience with neurosurgical procedures including lumbar puncture, placement and removal of intracranial pressure monitoring devices, interrogation, adjustment and access of ventriculoperitoneal shunts.

  • Knowledge of clinical and ancillary services within the UCSD Medical Center.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Work location - Jacobs Medical Center

  • Must be willing to work flexible, variable hours with the ability to change schedule on short notice.

  • Position may require ability to work evenings/nights.

  • 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).

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 Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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