Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$71.26 - $93.87 / Hour
Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion
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Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

#130323 (PA) Sr. Physician Assistant - Pain Medicine

Extended Review Date: Fri 7/12/2024

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.

This posting will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/13/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/24/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Anesthesiology employs over 200 academic and staff personnel and has an annual operating budget of $83 million in (School of Medicine and CPO) resources between Practice Plan Revenues, VAMC funding, Hospital and Medical Group Funding, UC Foundation, Research Sources and School of Medicine Funds. There are over 90 clinical faculty, 20 Ph.D. faculty, 8 Postdoctoral Scholars, 42 residents, 16 Clinical fellows, 43 Certified Nurse Anesthetists, PAs, NPs and five bargaining units represented. The Department provides Clinical Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Services at Hillcrest, Thornton, Shiley, Children's, Jacob's Medical Center and the VAMC. The department operates outpatient chronic pain services at the La Jolla and Hillcrest medical center campuses.

This is a position for an advanced care practitioner (APP) for the Anesthesiology Department's Pain Division. The UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine currently includes 12 physicians, 5 fellows, and 2 physician assistants with clinic offices in La Jolla, Hillcrest, and Encinitas and procedural clinics in La Jolla and Hillcrest. Under the supervision of the pain medicine physicians, the advanced care practitioner provides clinical care for patients at UCSD Center for Pain Medicine Outpatient and Inpatient Services. Duties will include outpatient new patient and return clinic visits and inpatient consultations and follow-up visits. The APP will also serve as a first line resource to triage and respond to patient or outside provider calls and messages. The APP acts as liaison with the physicians, to promote consistent medical management of patients across the health care continuum by collaborating with the multidisciplinary care team and will confer with physicians for the appropriateness of treatment plans for patients. Under supervision of the attending physicians the APP will perform physical examination of patients, evaluate patient's care plans, make adjustments to those plans and order a variety of pain therapies including procedures, physical and complementary therapies, psychological therapy and medications. The APP will also perform office based pain procedures, provide coverage of the inpatient pain consult service, and assist physicians with operating room procedures. The APP will coordinate outpatient care and treatments including developing, interpreting, evaluating, implementing and documenting plan of care of patients. They will provide patient/family and staff education and plans/presents in-services to staff and/or community groups as needed. They will serve as a key resource for nursing staff, fellows and medical students. The APP will also participate in ongoing clinical trials with regards to patient recruitment or clinical care.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


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

  • Minimum one (1) year of work experience as a licensed Physician Assistant. Experience must include pain management.

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience evaluating and treating acute and chronic pain including cancer pain, post-operative pain and a variety of chronic pain conditions.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage patients in discussion of risks vs. benefits of a variety of therapies and demonstrated ability to understand the medical and psychosocial needs of patients with acute and chronic pain.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize activities in a high-volume, dynamic, multiple demand clinic and hospital setting.

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

  • Skill in performing a focused musculoskeletal and neurologic exam.

  • Proficiency in accurate and concise documentation of patient history, exam, and treatment response.

  • Proven knowledge of common diagnostic tests, e.g., laboratory blood tests, x-rays, MRIs, and EMG/NCSs, and skill in identifying deviations.

  • Demonstrated strong computer skills for entry and retrieval of patient data (Computer skills required; Epic preferred).

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

  • Knowledge of analgesic medications, and risk assessment related to analgesic medication prescribing and management including the safe use of opioids.


  • Two (2) or more years of pain management experience as a licensed Physician Assistant.

  • Knowledge of the indications, risks, and benefits of a variety of interventional therapies for chronic pain.

  • Experience working with clinical trials and ability to identify potential clinical trials patients.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and other federal guidelines for protection of human subjects.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing. 
  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges and maintain during employment. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two years gained through school or work experience.

  • Must be willing and able to work a variable schedule depending on clinical operations and needs.

  • Must be willing and able to travel occasionally, to attend investigator and national meetings.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $153,259 - $201,889 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $73.40 - $96.69

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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