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MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant - Stem Cell Transplantation in Houston, Texas

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The primary purpose of the Physician Assistant, in the Department Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, is to promote and maintain the health of SCT/CT patients by providing direct diagnostic and therapeutic patient care across the care continuum working under the direction of their supervising attending physician and departmental patient care guidelines. Impacts quality of patient care and patient outcomes throughout the disease process.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Performs history, review of systems (ROS) and physical exams for consults, new patients, and follow up patients being evaluated for hematopoietic transplantation and/or cellular therapies.

Documents the findings, as well as the plan of care as determined by the supervising attending physician and care team.

Identifies pertinent medical risks to transplant, manages chronic diseases/comorbidities or makes referrals to the appropriate specialist. Discusses relevant findings with the physician.

Ensures that all appropriate medications, home health orders, blood products, electrolytes, and vaccinations are ordered and administered.

Educates patient/family about the stem cell transplant process, medical issues, outcomes, role of the caregiver, medication management, and manages expectations.

Serves as a point of contact for medically-related questions or concerns after appropriate RN triaging.

Uses critical thinking to manage care of stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy patients.

Interprets and follows lab results/imaging, identifies treatment-related complications such as GVHD symptoms and infection, and coordinates care with outside physicians.

Performs peer-to-peer justifications of imaging and supportive medication. Performs skin biopsies. Required to attain and maintain privileges through the Medical Staff Office for performance of bone marrow aspiration/biopsy unless medically exempt. May individually choose to acquire and maintain privileges for lumbar puncture, and ommaya taps.

Documents, when appropriate, patient history, ROS, physical exam and plan of care in a timely manner consistent with institutional policy; coordinates and collaborates with other team members such case managers, social workers, coordinators, schedulers, nursing staff, business center, etc.

Submits charges per institutional charge capture policies.

Maintains all required licensures and certifications as determined by institutional and departmental credentialing standards. Attends institutional and departmental and midlevel provider meetings as scheduled.

Demonstrates role and responsibility of SCT/CT PA when precepting and educating new employees.

EDUCATION

Required:

Master's degree from an accredited Physician Assistant (PA) program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), except for Physician Assistants who graduated from a PA program prior to 2013.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required:

All of the following:

PA certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State of Texas.

Must meet the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) , ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) if working in one of following department: Pediatrics - Patient Care (113100).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 139616

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 93,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 117,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 140,400

  • Science Jobs: No

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