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Physician Assistant

Department: Highland Park Medical
Location: Los Angeles, CA

JOB SUMMARY

To perform a variety of advanced clinical duties involved in assessing, treating, controlling, and preventing patient illness and disease within the assigned public health nursing program; to perform physical examinations; identify patients with physical and emotional illness; and to administer medications as prescribed.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Follow written protocols in all clinical practices.
  • Perform general physical examinations including heart, neck, pulmonary chest, cardiovascular, abdominal, and other routine exams; performs pelvic and breast examinations; initiate and perform selected diagnostic tests.
  • Identify physical and emotional illnesses through observations, interpretations of laboratory finding, and analysis of patient charts; analysis of diagnostic tests and appropriate medical, hospital, or other health care as needed.
  • Counsel patients under medical treatment programs in order to assess their health progress; identify reoccurring problem areas; establish written and verbal treatment plans to solve specific problem areas; evaluate compliance with the treatment program and modify the treatment program based on the person or family response to treatment.
  • Meet with patients in order to discuss and inform them of their laboratory test and exam results; educate patients regarding their illness, make and provide appropriate referrals.
  • Counsels patients regarding the prevention of STD’s and dispense appropriate STD medications.
  • Follow up, by telephone with patients with infections and other illnesses; ensure that they return for follow up testing or treatments as necessary.
  • Assist with medical emergencies; administer first aid for minor injuries and health problems including fainting, seizures, vomiting and other minor injuries or health problems.
  • Keep accurate patient records and maintain and update files as necessary.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

 

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least one year experience as a Physician’s Assistant preferred but not required.
  • Graduated from a physician assistant educational program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (previous agencies, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA).
  • Passed the national certification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA).
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid California Physician’s Assistant license.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES 

  • Advanced principles, procedures, methods, and techniques of medical and health care.
  • Advanced principles and practices of medical diagnosis.
  • Approved medical treatments for a variety of health status.
  • Procedures and methods of laboratory testing and interpretation.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Principles and procedures of medical record keeping.
  • Pertinent federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations regarding health care.
  • Perform general physical examinations.
  • Provide responsible medical care within the scope of practice of physician’s assistant.
  • Respond to emergency situations.
  • Prepare, perform, and interpret laboratory tests.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to find solutions when barriers are identified.
  • Strong documentation skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize when needed.
  • Ability to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively.
  • Ability to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Experience and work ethics that supports working within a high functioning, team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrates a willingness and ability to work under supervision.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with staff.
  • Ability to use computer and learn new software programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills reflecting clarity and diplomacy and the ability to communicate accurately and effectively with all levels of staff and management.
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a regulatory climate that includes oversight of state and federal entities, payer contracts etc.
  • Possesses ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Possesses genuine respect for others and acceptance of their individual social and cultural traits.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Outlook.
  • Able to travel and attend professional meetings, conferences, trainings and clinic sites.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, enthusiasm, and willingness to cooperate while working with others in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Position requires prolonged sitting at a computer, some bending, lifting, stooping and stretching. Good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, photocopy machine, telephone, and other office equipment is also required. Employee must have normal range of hearing and eyesight.

NOTE: The essential job functions for this position include, but may not be limited to those listed in this job description. Employees hired for this position must be able to perform the essential functions of this job without imposing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others

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