Physician Assistant, Surgery

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre - Barrie, ON (30+ days ago)

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Job Description:
The PA is a health care provider who always works under the supervision of a registered physician. The PA supports the physician as the principle medical-decision maker and the supervising physician is responsible for the direction of the PAs’ activities. PAs are highly skilled providers that have the knowledge, skills, and experience to work as part of a physician led team in a variety of clinical settings. In general, PAs .will have the skills and experience to deal with medical emergencies, specialized care and everyday health care needs. Clinical expert competencies are central to the function of PAs and draws on the other competencies of Communication, Collaboration, Management, Health Advocacy, Scholar and Professionalism.

Education :
Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent

Undergraduate Degree

PA Program

Physician Assistant Certification – Canada Mandatory


Experience :
About 2 years’ experience for orthopedic physician assistants completing casting and splinting of fractures and basic surgical technique

About 1 years’ experience of prior on the job work assisting with surgeries

Competencies :
Integrate all the core PA competencies to provide optimal, ethical and patient-centred medical care

Perform a complete and appropriate clinical assessment of a patient and formulate a clinical treatment plan

Use preventive and therapeutic interventions effectively

Demonstrate proficient and appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural skills

Recognize their scope of practice while demonstrating effective and appropriate consultation practice with other healthcare professionals in respect to patient care, education and legal opinions

Clinical Assessment of Patients

Obtain health history as appropriate, including patient demographics, chief complaint, history of the present illness or injury, past medical, surgical, family and psychosocial history, medications, allergies and systems review. Ensuring pre op and post op assessments are completed and documented

Conduct comprehensive and focused physical assessments and interpret findings. This includes assessment of vital signs and examination of all major body systems. In addition, the PA will be able to perform psychological, ob-gyn, neonatal, pediatric and geriatric assessments.

Utilize primary and secondary assessment results to formulate a differential diagnosis and determine if further clinical investigation is required.

Order and complete preliminary interpretation of necessary diagnostic tests, which may include, but are not limited to, hematology, microbiology, chemistry, serology, urinalysis, blood gas, ECG, peak flow and plain film x-ray.

Perform the following Diagnostic Procedures:

Applicationh of cast

Removal of cast

Joint Aspriation

Demonstrate at least an academic understanding of the performance of the following diagnostic procedures:

Routine and micro-urinalysis

Basic hematology Clinical

Chemistry Microbiology

Point of care

Kits Audiometry

Collect blood samples (arterial and venous), minor surgical samples, body secretions and body fluids (semen, sputum, wound drainage, and urine)

When/as directed by a registered physician:
Provide relevant information and explanations, including a proposed treatment plan, to the supervising physician and seek further direction where appropriate.

Provide education to patients, families and other health providers as appropriate to the clinical setting.

Communicate with other members of the health care team and other hospital departments, both orally, in writing and electronically.

Medical Documentation and Record Keeping:
Maintain clear, accurate and appropriate records of the patient encounter and management plan

Admission of notes, progress notes and discharge notes as needed

Dictated records as appropriate

Consultation requests

Other types of documentation as required by the particular setting

Consultation with Multidisciplinary team and Orthopedic Surgeons:

Collaboration with physio therapists and occupational therapists in caring for all orthopedic patients

Working with other specialists IEL Internal Medicine, Intensivists, Infectious Disease in caring for orthopaedic patients

Orthopaedic Procedures

Applying casts

Removal of Casts

Joint aspiration