Physician Assistant - General Surgery
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- The Physician Assistant will practice as part of a team under the direction of their supervising physician.
- Primary Duties will be inclusive of the following but not limited to:
- Examines patient, performs comprehensive physical examination, and compiles patient medical data, including health history and results of physical examination.
- Administers or orders diagnostic tests, such as imaging studies, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests, and interprets test results for deviations from normal.
- Performs therapeutic procedures such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and managing infection.
- Performs other department specific diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
- Develops and implements patient management plans, records progress notes, and assists in provision of continuity of care.
- Instructs and counsels patients regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance and other relevant patient education.
- Based upon Specific Specialty, additional duties may include the following:
- Facilitate admissions, transfers, discharges
- First assist in surgeries or perform procedures as applicable
- Round on inpatients
- Performs admission evaluation on patients to include: obtaining basic medical information and history, reviewing patient's medical record, performing physical exam, documenting findings into patient medical record, and reporting deviations from normal findings to attending physician.
- Provides patient and family with pre-operative/pre-procedure and other pertinent education.
- Answers questions regarding surgery or procedures, recovery and risk factor modification; provides blood transfusion information as applicable; performs peri-operative procedures; locates and utilizes diagnostic images, instruments and pertinent patient information.
- Reviews patient chart noting allergies, pertinent medical history, and abnormal physical findings.
- Assists in performing surgical procedures and other procedures consistent with the standards of care and practice guidelines:
- Depending on the specialty, may work as the First Assist during surgical procedures, start IV's, and/or perform suturing.
- Performs post-operative procedures to include entering standard post-operative orders into patient medical records; assists physicians with evaluation and management of patient's status during recovery; reviews vital signs, laboratory and diagnostic studies; assists with management of patients.
- Facilitates patient discharge; dictates discharge and transfer summaries in a timely manner.