This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/19/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/28/18. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
Under the direction of the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Physician Assistant (PA) functions as a patient care provider in the operating rooms, intensive care units, progressive care units and outpatient clinics. The PA plans, implements and evaluates healthcare treatments for cardiac and thoracic surgery patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
The PA also functions as a surgical assistant in the operating room, in the clinics and on the wards, all in coordination with established surgical services. Direct supervision will occur by assigned physicians. The position requires a strong emphasis on the complete care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient, from pre- to peri- to post-operative settings. The PA participates in ongoing research and data collection for quality assurance purposes. The PA functions as liaison to care coordinators, social workers and nurses.
There are two (2) positions available; one is located at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside and one is located at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla.
Graduate of an accredited PA program.
Physician Assistant (PA) license issued by the state of California.
Current PA Certification from NCCPA.
BLS/CPR and ACLS certifications at time of hire with commitment to get ART within six (6) months of hire date.
Minimum two (2) years licensed working PA experience.
Prior cardiac/cardiothoracic experience.
Theoretical background in: anatomy, physiology, general medicine, pulmonary, emergency and critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, therapeutics including pharmacology, counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.
Demonstrated ability to perform initial history, and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.
Skill to operate appropriate medical equipment, i.e., Swan-Ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors, electrocardiograph machines, cardiac defibrillator, transducer systems, digital readout equipment, and medical computer systems.
Skills necessary to function as first assistant in operative procedures, and knowledge of operating room standards and techniques.
A self-starter who is accountable and requires minimal direction and supervision; a very detail oriented individual; and a creative and flexible individual who is comfortable working in a large, complex organization.
Must possess the personal characteristics of professionalism, credibility, commitment to high standards, innovation, discriminating judgment and accountability.
Recent cardiothoracic surgery experience.
Proficiency in saphenous vein harvesting, both with open and endoscopic techniques.
Clinic setting experience.
Must be able to obtain UCSD medical staff privileges.
Must be able to work various hours, days, shifts, on-call and locations based on the 24-hour Medical Center's business needs. Some weekend and on-call work may be required.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
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