- Under the direction and supervision of staff Thoracic surgeon, the PA provides high quality cost-effective patient care by performing General Thoracic Surgery support to our surgeons with Robotics and a Full Scope of Thoracic Oncology Services.
• Performs admission evaluation on all new patients to include: obtains basic medical information and history, reviews patients medical record, performs physical exam, transcribes history and medical findings into patient medical record, and reports deviations from normal findings to attending physician.
• Provides patient and family with pre-operative education. Answers questions regarding surgery, recovery and risk factor modification; provides blood transfusion information. Performs cardiovascular surgery perioperative procedures; locates and displays chest x-rays and pertinent patient information. Reviews patient chart noting allergies, pertinent medical history, abnormal physical findings, catheterization and/or ECHO data and specific cardiovascular disease.
• Assists in performing cardiovascular surgical procedures: assists staff cardiovascular surgeons in opening chest and cannulating great vessels and heart. Performs invasive procedures: insertion, removal, monitoring of LABP, chest tube, arterial line placement, central line placement and Swan Ganz insertion, thoracentesis, femoral cutdown, ureteral catheterization, peripheral venous cannulation. Administers intravenous medications for treatment of arrhythmias.
• Performs post-operative procedures to include transcription of standard post-operative orders into patient medical records; assists physicians with evaluation and management of intravascular volume, pharmacological therapeutics, and nutritional status; reviews patients cardiac, respiratory, renal, neurological and gastrointestinal status during recovery; reviews vital signs, laboratory and x-ray studies;
assists with technical management of patients including introduction, maintenance and removal of intravascular catheters and percutaneous thoracostomy tubes. Performs patient discharge in conjunction with social worker, pharmacist, and physical therapist; dictates discharge and transfer summaries in a timely manner.
• We conduct compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, we reserve the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.
• Graduate of an approved primary care physician assistant or surgical assistant program.
• High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
• Licensed by State of California as a physician assistant.
• Current BLS certification.
• Must have a National Provider Identifier (NPI), or obtain an NPI, prior to employment start date.
• Experience as a cardiovascular physician assistant.
• Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
General Thoracic surgery, robotics, full scope of Thoracic Oncology services preferred
- Schedule may vary to meet operational needs.
- Standby required after hours.
- Every 3rd weekend; When working weekend, Thurs/Fri off; Start time variable & rotated amongst the team from 7am-3:30pm, 7:30am-4pm, 8:30am-5pm