Recovery Centers of America at Devon
Position Overview: Under the supervision of a physician, the Physician’s Assistant provides healthcare to patients. Obtains patient history and performs preliminary physical exams. May order x-rays, electrocardiograms, laboratory tests, and other procedures. May administer injections, immunizations, suturing, and wound care. Maintains records and progress reports on patient’s plan of care, treatments, and procedures. Instructs patients on use of prescriptions.
- Take or review patients’ medical histories
- Examine patients
- Order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as x rays or blood tests
- Diagnose a patient’s injury or illness and give treatment
- Educate and counsel patients and their families
- Prescribe medicine
- Assess and record a patient’s progress
- Research the latest treatments to ensure the quality of patient care
- Conduct or participate in outreach programs; talking to groups about managing diseases and promoting wellness
Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree from accredited college/university accredited by Accredited Review Commission for Physician’s Assistants (ARC-PA)
- Must take and pass Physician Assistant National Association Certifying Exam (PANCE) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
- Excellent verbal communication skills
Medical Knowledge: An understanding of pathophysiology, patient presentation, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion and disease prevention. Physician assistants must demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area of practice. In addition, physician assistants are expected to demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
Interpersonal & Communication Skills: Excellent verbal, nonverbal and written exchange of information. Physician assistants must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their patients’ families, physicians, professional associates, and the health care system.
Patient Care: Patient care includes age-appropriate assessment, evaluation and management. Physician assistants must demonstrate care that is effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness.
Professionalism: The expression of positive values and ideals as care is delivered. Also involves prioritizing the interests of those being served above one’s own. Professionalism also requires that PAs practice without impairment from substance abuse, cognitive deficiency or mental illness. Pas must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
Work Environment: The Physician’s Assistant will work in the in-patient facility provide direct care for patients seeking substance use disorder treatment in office and examination room settings. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected