Mercy Medical Center Clinton Physician Assistant-Medical in Holyoke, Massachusetts

Department:

3030_1200 Older Adult Unit-1200

Expected Weekly Hours:

40

Shift:

Day Shift

Position Purpose:

Responsible for overseeing medical care of all inpatients on adult and child units and all Inpatient Substance Abuse patients and provides medical care for Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program patients. Aids in developing policies related to medical care and provides leadership in medical arts.

Job Description Details:

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Ensures that a medical history and physical are recorded within 24 hours of admission.

  • Performs daily medical rounds, providing medical follow-up, examination, consultation & orders; documents all contacts on medical record. Performs rounds with appropriate staff.

  • Seeks consultation with consulting or active staff, when indicated. Consults with staff on unit regarding medical issues.

  • Provides physical exams and dosage advice for Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program patients.

  • Provides on-call coverage as needed.

  • Ensures completed medical record is filed in keeping with time schedule prescribed for discharge summaries.

  • Completes physician billing sheet with appropriate codes – medical notes available for all codes.

  • Follows prescribed rules and regulations of hospital as set forth in the Medical Staff Bylaws.

  • Maintains delineated clinical privileges through continuing education.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Must have completed an approved Physician Assistant training program.

  • Duly licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or license eligible within 12 months of completion of Physician Assistant training program. Must obtain valid DEA certificate and Massachusetts Controlled Substance Number within 12 months of completion of Physician Assistant training program.Able to constantly perform simple and complex motor skills, such as standing, bending, reaching, writing, etc. Able to frequently perform tasks which require hand-to-eye coordination, such as locking and unlocking safety doors, fastening safety coats, opening envelopes, etc.

  • Constantly able to read small type and handwriting, with or without corrective lenses.

  • Constantly able to hear normal sounds with some background of noise, as in answering phones, intercoms; to distinguish sounds, such as voice patterns; and to hear fine sounds, such as patient heartbeats through stethoscope. Able to vocalize and communicate verbally with others. Constantly able to communicate specific and general concepts verbally, by phone, or in person, using varying levels of vocabulary. Constantly able to communicate specific and general concepts in written work, using checklists, simple sentences, paragraphs and full reports.

  • Able to constantly concentrate on minimal to fine detail with varying degrees of interruption. Able to multi-task and to remember tasks/assignments for varying periods of time. Requires the ability to understand and relate to specific and general ideas, to the concepts behind these ideas, and to comprehend the underlying theories and philosophies.

  • Requires flexibility and the ability to maintain therapeutic boundaries under extreme stress.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Works in a well lit, well ventilated, locked inpatient unit, with access to cafeteria, vending machines; sanitary facilities on the premises.

  • Failure to follow established procedures could result in injury to self or others, such as: cuts, punctures, exposure to bodily fluids, falls on slippery floors, or back injuries from lifting. Exposure to patients with varying degrees of psychopathology and who may be potentially aggressive or assaultive; risk of injury from these patients. High levels of stress present on frequent basis.

  • Some irregularity in scheduled hours because of occasional overtime requirements, including weekend and evening call duties, or occasional stress due to periodic or cyclical workload pressures and nature of job.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to the Senior Physician Assistant.

  • Has no responsibility for the direct supervision of any other employees.

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Trinity Health employs more than 131,000 colleagues across 22 states. We honor and embrace a diverse representation of people, ideas and backgrounds. Our dedication to diversity is evident in our commitment to training, education, recruitment, retention and development, as well as community partnerships and supplier diversity.

Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences and health practices of the communities we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive outcomes. We recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world, and that our differences not only serve to unite us, but also lead to innovative solutions.