Physician Assistant

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES:

Contract Physician Assistants provide services and same clinical duties as those required of any military or government civil service physicians of similar experience assigned to the same unit at the HRP. The quality of service shall meet or exceed reasonable standards of professional practice as determined by the same authority that governs physician services in the same discipline. Contract Physician Assistants shall perform within the scope of clinical privileges granted by the HRP and the overall demand for Department of Operational and Deployment Medicine (DODM) services. Productivity is expected to be comparable to that of other providers with the same scope of practice. Workload will be scheduled by the Health Readiness Platform (HRP). Caseload includes scheduled and unscheduled requirements for care. Any cancellation of patient schedules requires approval of Chief of the Department of Operational and Deployment Medicine or designated government representative.

DESCRIPTION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Baccalaureate Degree (minimum) from an accredited university 

  • Have a minimum of one year of experience out of the last three years practicing as a PA in ambulatory or hospital based service. 

LICENSURE AND  CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Posses Board Certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

  • Applicable diploma and proof of membership in the NCCPA

  • Have and maintain an active, valid, unrestricted license in one of 50 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Have or able to obtain a current, valid Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number.

  • Possess Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification obtained through an American Heart Association approved training program.

  • Able to obtain and maintain privileges at Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) through approval of the Credentials Committee.

  • Have successfully completed a formal and accredited Physician Assistant training program.

  • Pass a National Agency and Local Check (NACLC) background investigation

  • Meet Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements of 100 hours of CME every 2 years to maintain NCCPA certification. 

  • Complete any mandatory annual medical/government required training.

DESCRIPTION OF TASKS:

  • Maintenance of the highest standards of professional care in the treatment of patients and in the teaching and training of residents and technicians.

  • Prepare and document history, physical examinations and diagnosis. 

  • Maintain documentation of all treatment provided in accordance with hospital directives and prepare such records and reports as may be required by the contract.

  • Ensure all documentation and reports are legible.

  • Provide full range of diagnostic examinations, the development of treatment plans when indicated and delivery of treatment within the personnel and equipment capabilities of the Health Readiness Platform. 

  • Exercises full responsibility for professional diagnosis and technical decisions.

  • Request and interpret laboratory tests, procedures and consultation as considered appropriate. 

  • Follow-up of abnormal reports is the responsibility of the ordering health care provider.
 
  • All abnormal x-ray and lab reports received on patients seen by the contract healthcare provider shall be reviewed.

  • Review reports within one week of its receipt or sooner based on clinical presentation.

  • Participates in the examination, evaluation, and disposition of patients in the outpatient clinic.

  • Participates in inpatient clinical and teaching rounds.

  • Examines, diagnoses, and treats or prescribes course of treatment for patients having disorders, malformations, diseases, and/or injuries.

  • Provide special knowledge, skills, and professional capability in Family Practice and clinical care practice management to include:
 
  • Coordination with other departments of the medical facility staff to provide complete care to
        patients.

  • Provide and document medical advice to patients by telephone as appropriate and in accordance with HRP protocols.

  • Provide clinical direction to supporting government personnel assigned to their area during the performance of clinical procedures.

  • Provide consultation services for members of the hospital staff for purposes of specialty area training.

  • Consult with Officer in Charge (OIC) and/or colleagues, which are normally available,  regarding problems either professional or administrative.

  • Responsible for the provision of mandated medical surveillance and preventive services

  • Responsible for the quality and the timeliness of treatment records and reports required to document procedures performed and care provided.

  • Participates in local clinical education programs and in clinical staff quality improvement functions as prescribed by Chief, Department of Operational and Deployment Medicine (DODM).

  • Attend periodic meetings of Department of Operational and Deployment Medicine (DODM) staff to review and evaluate the care and treatment provided to patients.

  • Comply with the HRP quality control program and the standing operating procedures of the HRP.

  • Participate in clinical and quality review processes as determined by hospital policy.

 Diagnose and treat acute diseases and injuries to include but not limited to:

  • Skin Pulmonary System 
  • Head Gastrointestinal System
  • Eyes Musculoskeletal System
  • Ears, Nose & Throat Genitourinary System
  • Behavior Health Reproductive
  • System Psycho-social Lymphatic System
  • Neck Central Nervous System
  • Cardiovascular System Endocrine System
 


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