The Department of Medicine, Division of Allergies and Infectious Diseases is seeking a Physician Assistant. The Physician Assistant is a position defined by the NIH as key personnel of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) and The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). The Physician Assistant works collaboratively within a multidisciplinary research team. Responsible for complex, standardized, patient care procedures which require experience and specialized training which would otherwise be performed by a physician. Educates study participants in matters pertaining to health maintenance, disease prevention and appropriate measures in acute and chronic illness. Direct supervision from appropriate licensed physician as designated.
Duties and Responsibilities: Perform a comprehensive, accurate history and physical including chief compliant, presenting signs and symptoms, and past medical history and interval history. Recognize differences between normal and abnormal findings in H & P. Significant findings are validated or discussed with a physician as appropriate. Order and interpret laboratory tests, x-rays, diets, or other services when delegated by a supervising physician. Abnormal findings are discussed with a physician as appropriate. Perform injections and venipuncture. Initiate Basic/Advanced life support in response to emergency situations. Proficient at most common procedures that physician assistant are expected to perform. Prepare chart documentation for review and counter signature by the physician. Determine differential diagnosis. Maintain technical proficiency with approved procedures.
Prescribe and regulate medications. Evaluate outcomes of previously implemented interventions. Arrange consultations and referrals when needed. Attend staff meetings to discuss patient and unit requirements. Daily informal discussions are held with the physician and other health professionals to plan patient care. Give input for design of research protocols and procedures. Responsible for the conduct of DAIDS sponsored clinical trials including regulatory issues, recruitment and good clinical practice. Coordinate the implementation of protocols in conjunction with the other staff members. Oversee daily operations for clinical research protocols in collaboration with other staff. Responsible to obtain informed consent from study participants. Remain proficient in the utilization of commonly used clinical protocols and guidelines. Must be able to independently access patient, develop a treatment plan and disposition patients in an efficient and effective fashion.
Scope of Responsibility: Working knowledge of the formal and informal policies, procedures and practices necessary to facilitate safe and effective management of acute and chronic illness in patients presenting for ACTG/HPTN study participation.
Decision Making: Uses professional judgment and assumes complete responsibility for any decisions, their consequences, and results. Prioritizes and organizes work to meet the changing needs of the unit and patient care needs.
Authority: To coordinate and make decisions regarding patient care and study participation.
Communication: Develops collaborative relationship with supervising physician determining need and timing of communications. Exchange routine medical information with appropriate members of the study and health care teams while maintaining patient confidentiality.
Bachelor's degree; Certification by the NCCPA or similar national certifying body; Completion of a CAAHEP certified Physician Assistant program. Must be licensed as PA in State of Maryland or other state where practicing. Prefer at least 3 years of related experience. Residency or fellowship programs in area of specialization. Experience may be considered in lieu of bachelor's degree, as permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Current CPR certification required. Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment. Completion of the JHH credentialing process is required prior to start date.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.
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