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Position Summary: Provides advanced medical care to patients, in a surgical setting, in one or more specialized surgical areas under the direction of a surgeon. Location: West Houston Dept.: Orthopedic Surgery Status: Full-Time FLSA: Exempt Position Key Accountabilities: 1. Conducts complex, standardized patient care procedures which require experience and specialized training which would otherwise be performed by a physician but which do not constitute the practice of medicine. 2. Assesses patients medical complaints and provides appropriate treatment. 3. Performs minor surgical procedures as delegated by the supervising physician. 4. Manages pre-operative and post-operative patients in coordination with the faculty supervising physician. 5. Utilizes advanced assessment skills to anticipate complex patient problems specific to surgery while communicating information to supervising / attending physician. 6. Assists in collecting patient histories. 7. Performs physical examinations and provides episodic care or problem oriented care under the supervision of a physician. 8. Orders appropriate laboratory tests and interprets the laboratory data such as blood and urine samples. 9. Monitors the treatment program of the patient to inform the attending physician of pertinent medical/surgical information. 10. Provides guidance and instruction to patients on preventive health care or postsurgical care. 11. Assists physicians in formulating therapeutic decisions. 12. Enters chart documentation for review and counter signature by the physician. 13. Prepares and cares for supplies and equipment. 14. Responds to emergency situations. 15. Performs other duties as assigned. Certification/Skills: Current Texas Licensure as a Physician Assistant Current Physician Assistant certification issued by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants Basic Life Support (BLS) certified or specialty required by department Proficient in the use of medical and surgical instruments and equipment required by work. Minimum Education: Masters degree as Physician Assistant Minimum Experience: None; previous experience in a surgical specialty preferred. Physical Requirements: Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects. Security Sensitive: This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code 51.215
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