Physician Assistant, Surgery

    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA
    Similar jobs pay $11.00 - $16.71

    Job Description


    Under the supervision and direction of staff in the Arthroplasty Service, and in accordance with the rules and regulations of Massachusetts governing Physician Assistant practice, the Physician Assistant (PA) will be responsible for the care of patients in this practice. The PA will triage new patients, coordinate and perform preoperative assessments, act as first assist in the operating room, coordinate treatment and assist in the management of postoperative care, and perform discharge planning coordination. The PA will obtain patient histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations to evaluate patients for surgery and for post-surgical readmission, coordinate tests and consultations, implement treatment plans, communicate with referring physicians, perform patient education, and prepare patients for discharge.



    Performs initial interview and assessment of patients seeking hip/knee replacements.

    Triages patients appropriately based on clinical assessment and surgical needs.

    Assists in preoperative evaluation and education. Obtains a detailed, accurate medical history and performs a comprehensive physical examination on patients to assess readiness for surgery.

    Reviews diagnostic data and verifies laterality.

    Reviews preoperative surgical consents.

    Performs preoperative preparation of patients and reinforces information presented by the attending physician to the patient and/or family as necessary. Orders necessary diagnostic tests, consultations, and procedures as indicated or requested by the attending physician. Prescribes medications as necessary.

    Presents preoperative patients at team meetings.

    Identifies patients requiring preoperative nutritional assessments.

    Communicates/coordinates with Pre-Admission Testing Area, surgical scheduling areas and nursing units.

    Communicates any abnormal findings to chief resident, fellows, or attending surgeons for inpatients and to attending surgeon for outpatients.

    Tracks and obtains radiographic studies required preoperatively for patients.

    Tracks and obtains MRSA/MSSA nasal swabs required preoperatively for patients.

    Intraoperative Duties

    The Physician Assistant will be asked to assist in the operating room as required. Duties will include first or second assisting.

    Postoperative Hospitalization and Discharge:

    Assists with postoperative management of patients. Under the direction of the attending surgeons and in conjunction with the resident staff and fellows, executes a wide range of management plans for patients.

    Discusses the care of each patient with the attending surgeon, and other consult service(s) involved with the care of that patient. Maintains communications with referring physicians.

    Attends daily rounds with the surgical team and rounds independently.

    Assists with and coordinates patient diagnostic procedures.

    Obtains consultations from other services at the request of the attending physician or senior surgical resident.

    Coordinates patient discharge along with nursing staff to include special needs at home, medications, proper referrals (VNA, PT, etc), and coordinates proper follow-up appointments as deemed appropriate by chief resident and team.

    Coordinates follow-up at outside facilities and assist in communication with other facilities in questions of patient care.

    Arranges for admissions to the floor (H&P, orders).

    Renews medications, transfer orders and general orders under supervision of physician.


    Participates in Department of Orthopaedic educational meetings with students and residents assigned to the Arthroplasty Service.

    Assists with ongoing clinical research through follow-up of patients currently involved in clinical trials.

    Assists in current clinical research and pursues independent clinical research.


    Possess the maturity, self-confidence, and ability to follow complex patient management plans as directed by the attending surgeon.

    Eligible for state and federally controlled substances registration.

    Diagnose and treat health problems; obtain patient histories, perform comprehensive physical exams, do simple diagnostic tests, prepare a diagnosis and implement treatment procedures for illnesses; and prescribe medications.

    Experience in managing adult patients (aged 16 years and over).


    The work may require the lifting of heavy objects and patients, as well as exposure to potentially infective material. Work requires contact with needles and other sharp instruments, electric-cautery devices, monitoring devices, and other state-of-the-art equipment. Prolonged standing can be expected. Walking to and from the patient care units can be expected. Hazards present from exposure to combustible anesthetic or disinfecting agents are minimized when safety precautions are strictly adhered.

    Qualifications :


    Graduate of an accredited American Medical Association-approved Physician Assistant training program. Must possess a license to practice as a Physician Assistant.

    Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants within one year of hire; must maintain this certification by completing required 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education credits every two years. In addition PA must demonstrate continued competence by passing a re-certification exam every six years.

    Qualified in all basic and advanced cardiac life support standards as established by the American Heart Association.

    Posting ID: 552624221Posted: 2020-05-27