The Department of Psychiatry is seeking a Physician Assistant. The Physician Assistant (PA) will work in accordance with established policies, evaluates patients in Intensive Treatment Unit.
Duties and Responsibilities: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Patient Care Perform comprehensive assessments including a complete history (including psychiatric and substance use disorders) and physical examination primarily of patients admitted to the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit (APU); secondarily in other areas of the hospital such as the Psychiatric Emergency Services area of the ED and on Acute Inpatient Medical and Surgical Inpatient Service.
Evaluate mental states of patients for the presence of psychiatric symptoms on an ongoing basis and determine/participate in the development of inpatient treatment plan. Participate in daily supportive therapy of patients admitted to the APU. Monitor patients for substance withdrawal syndromes and prescribe medications as needed to ensure patient safety.
Coordinate with medical specialists to address comorbid medical conditions as indicated. Lead/co-lead substance abuse therapeutic groups and family meetings. Work with nursing and social work staff to identify services and appropriate aftercare programs.
Develop a working knowledge of community based substance abuse programs and services and participate in community outreach to improve patient access to these programs and services.
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. Experience: Prior experience with patients with psychiatric disorder is preferred but not mandatory. 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.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Advanced clinical skills in specialty area or equivalent. Ability to incorporate into practice theoretical concepts and advanced clinical skills with patients, families, and interdisciplinary health care team members. Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with all members of the interdisciplinary health care team to enhance collaboration and problem solving. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in order to provide information to patients and health care personnel. Ability to function effectively in a fluid, dynamic, and rapidly changing environment. General computer knowledge and capability to use computer.
Physical Requirements: Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Excellent communication skills.
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