The Physician Assistant, Surgical 1st Assistant provides healthcare and patient services that may include educational, research, clinical support, and administrative activities under the direction and supervision of the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery.
This is the most comprehensive robotic cardiac surgery program in the country (world), and the candidate we accept for this position would join a very elite group of practitioners who practice and teach robotic approaches for a wide variety of cardiac surgical procedures. The successful candidate will learn skills and assist in procedures not available in any other program.
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Maintain established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
Coordinate patient and family education needs with staff, case managers, and Clinical Program Manager.
Assist in obtaining informed consent for participation in clinical research trials.
Assist in the in- and out- patient setting in assessing patient health status and needs.
Assist in the in- and out- patient setting in performing specified diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Assist the in- and out- patient teams in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans of care.
Follow through in the outpatient setting via communication with appropriate health care providers to assure that proper care and follow-up is provided.
Assist in the collection and appropriate documentation of data required for clinical trial compliance.
Meet daily with the Director of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program to discuss individual patient needs.
Function as a professional role model for staff while providing expert care in the in- and out- patient setting.
Promote, have knowledge of and utilize appropriate patient care protocol relating to the physical and psychological needs of adult and geriatric patients in both in- and out- patient setting.
Collaborates with care team members and multi-disciplinary team members to provide direct in- and out- patient care.
Participates in self and peer evaluation to improve quality of care.
Participates in the development, review, and evaluation of Surgical 1st Assist procedures.
Participates in clinical trials and research protocol development in Cardiac Surgery.
Assist in the establishment of educational tools and materials for patients.
Assist in the development and conduct of CME conferences.
Assist in quality assessment and improvement through participation with established Hospitals' committees.
Coordinates with BSD Development Specialist, referring physician outreach.
Establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with health care colleagues.
Demonstrate effective use of verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills using strategies that promote problem resolution.
Develop a program to educate other Surgical 1st Assistants in Cardiac Surgery and elsewhere in the Medical Center to use the Da Vinci Robot System.
Keep knowledge base current by reading professional literature and attending educational conferences.
Attain and maintain membership and active participation in professional organizations concerned with improving the quality of care and advancing the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery.
Participate in team efforts to cross-train in all sub-specialties of cardiac surgery, including heart transplantation, valve surgery, VAD placements, open cardiac procedures, etc.
Ability to provide direct patient care in a professional and respectful manner required.
Excellent verbal and written communication required.
Ability to perform detailed work required.
Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions required.
Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations required.
Ability to solve problems by applying math or reasoning principles required.
Ability to train or lead others required.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) required.
Two years of experience with surgical procedures/surgical training required in a related clinical area or related clinical specialties (surgery, minimally invasive surgery).
Licenses and Certifications:
Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is preferred.
Current Physician Assistant license/registration in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of operating room fundamentals, including aseptic principles and techniques required.
Ability to read documents or instruments required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Direct patient contact or clinical care setting
Exposure to human blood, human blood components, and/or products made from human blood
Exposure to infectious material
Exposure to laboratory chemicals
Exposure to moving machinery
Exposure to vertebrate animal blood, vertebrate animal blood components, and/or products made from vertebrate animal blood
Exposure to X-Ray Producing Equipment
High stress environment
Irregular work schedule
Operates a person-lift
Requires use of personal protective equipment
Requires use of respirator
Sterile/clean room environment
Exposure to radioactive materials/radiation
Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop
Ability to carry or lifts loads of up to 25 lbs.
Ability to feel, including perceiving size, shape, temperature, or texture
Ability to see, including color, depth perception, or clarity
Ability to sit for 4 hours or more
Ability to use power and/or hand tools requiring high dexterity
Ability to make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements
Ability to operate equipment necessary to perform job
Ability to push/pull objects of up to 25 lbs.
Ability to stand for 4 hours or more
Effective audio-visual discrimination and perception
Ability to Use Standard Work Station Equipment
Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment
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