Surgical Physician Assistant- New London, CT
The primary function of a Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) is to provide comprehensive care to patients in collaboration with physicians in the perioperative setting. Each PA has a designated supervising physician as outlined by Connecticut General Statute Sec. 20-12. Exemplifies behaviors reflecting Service Excellence and support of the Strategic Dimensions by modeling the Core Success Factors as described in the Performance Review.
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- Provides first and second assisting in General Surgery and other surgical subspecialties as needed and
demonstrates proficiency in a variety of surgical techniques, depending on surgical specialty assigned,
which includes but is not limited to knot tying, suturing, skin closure, sterile technique, maintaining
exposure of the surgical site, laparoscopic surgical technique and anticipating surgeon needs.
- Performs specialized invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as credentialed or under the
supervision of a physician procedures, including (but not limited to) dressing changes, minor wound
care, suturing of minor wounds, drain advancement and removal, nasogastric tube placement, removal of
central venous catheters, administration of local anesthetics, skin staple and suture removal, bladder
catheterization (including re-insertion of suprapubic tubes), wound debridement, removal of chest tubes,
arterial punctures, venipunctures for intravenous administration or blood sampling, reinsertion of
- Physician Assistants will rotate in surgical physician assistant call schedule including coverage of
Obstetric c-section assists
- Rounds daily on assigned patients and has the primary responsibility for documenting the patient's
status, data assessment and plan of care. Regularly communicates concise but complete patient
information on patient status and pertinent test results to surgeons and consulting physician(s) as
- Develops treatment plans in consultation with the supervising physician(s) based on initial and ongoing
assessment of patients, medical, physical, and psychological status.
- Implements physician-directed treatment plans including writing or phoning orders for medications,
treatments, tests, IV fluids, etc. and interpret normal and abnormal findings.
- Assists physician(s) with patient care, has primary responsibility for medical record documentation and
related paperwork and ordering of tests/procedures and sub-specialty consultations.
- May assist with contacting patients' primary care physician.For new admissions, obtains
comprehensive health histories, performs complete physical examinations, enters admission orders for
appropriate laboratory and diagnostic imaging tests, and completes orders for therapy under the
supervision of Physician(s).
- Communicates patient treatment plans to social workers, care coordinators and health care agencies
and serves as a liaison and interacts with ancillary services to ensure timely and comprehensive care for
- Provides patient education and counseling regarding health status, test results, disease processes, and
discharge planning. Completes discharge paperwork when applicable, including the W-10 and
prescriptions and the discharge summary. Reviews discharge instructions with patients and nursing at
time of discharge. Coordinates outpatient follow-up.
- Serves as a liaison to patients and their families.
Shares the responsibility of carrying the Surgicalist phone on a rotating basis with other team members
as determined by the departmental needs.
- Collects all paperwork associated with the daily sign-out process and ensures that patient sign-outs are
updated either in EPIC or on paper for all general surgical patients by shift end.
- Assists in the care of in-house surgical patients, ensuring safe and efficient care.
Performs post-operative evaluations on in house patient as needed
Physician Assistants will conduct office hours in the NEMG General Surgery office for patients referred
from the emergency room for evaluation and consultation and for post -op global patients.
-Documents a brief post-op note within 24 hours in EPIC for any procedure invasive procedure performed
or on which they have assisted. Note will include documentation of PA role in procedure, ie exposure,
retraction, dissection, wound closure, etc...
- Identifies healthcare needs and assesses the status of patient's and coordinates post-discharge
- Displays commitment to ongoing development of surgical skills and knowledge. Promotes the
dissemination of the newest clinical evidence in literature to improve patient care.
Graduation from an accredited Physician Assistant/Associate program required. Certified as a Physician Assistant/Associate by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Must hold a valid Connecticut medical license, Connecticut Controlled Substance Registration and Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certification.
One (1) to two (2) years prior surgical experience is preferred but not required
Excellent clinical, interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
MMR is required. Varivax (chicken pox vaccine) or evidence of prior chicken pox is required. Hepatitis B (or signed declination) is required for those with potential exposure to blood/body fluids. Tdap and influenza vaccination are strongly encouraged. Must be able to withstand the rigors of being on call for long hours. Frequent exposure to blood/body fluids, communicable diseases, biohazards, and other hazardous conditions. Must be able to withstand physically demanding positions for extended periods including but not limited to standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, and twisting.