Physician Assistant-Geriatrics


  • Location: Duluth, MN
  • Posted: Dec 11, 2019

Job Description


The Physician Assistant practices medicine in a primary care clinic, nursing home/assisted living facility or other settings where the Physician renders care, under the direction and responsible supervision of a Licensed Physician (May be MD or DO). The Physician Assistant evaluates and monitors health status, performs diagnostic and therapeutic services, provides age appropriate education and counseling for disease prevention, risk reduction and health maintenance and coordinates referrals for specialty care or social service support.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant program.
Experience: N/A
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Registered or eligible to register with the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners. Certified or eligible for certification as a Physician Assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Maintenance of the continuing medical education requirements of the NCCPA. Eligibility for registration as a Physician Assistant in Wisconsin may be required. BLS Certification with a designation of either BLS Provider or Healthcare Provider from either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross, or Professional Rescuer from the American Red Cross only if issued prior to March 1, 2015, or Military Training Network.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education: N/A
Experience: One to two (1-2) years of experience in primary care as a mid-level.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The Physician Assistant role demands intelligence, sound judgement, intellectual honesty and the ability to relate effectively to people and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. Requires an attitude of respect for self and others. Requires adherence to the current practice standards for Physician Assistants, the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient's welfare. Able to work collaboratively with the supervising Physician. Well developed listening and interviewing skills. Able to establish and maintain harmonious and cooperative working relationships with other people. Able to effectively teach health promotion and disease prevention behaviors to patients and families. Demonstrated skills in independent decision making, management of minor acute illness and chronic health problems, and in performing medical history taking and routine physical examinations. Knowledge of the physiological, psychological, social and spiritual influences on the patient's physical condition.

READING - Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
WRITING - Advanced: Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
SPEAKING - Intermediate: Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, small group situations or before groups of customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Intermediate Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals and to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw or interpret bar graphs to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
REASONING ABILITY - Intermediate Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES - Skilled at assessment and knowledgeable of growth and development. Provides appropriate care respective to the ages of the patients served per clinical environment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Able to meet the physical demands of primary care practice, including the ability to see, hear, walk, speak English, and stand

Stand - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Walk - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Sit - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Reach with hands and arms - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Stoop, squat, kneel, orcrouch - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Bending-repetitive forward - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Talk or hear - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)

LIFTING REQUIREMENTS
Up to 10 pounds - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Up to 25 pounds - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Up to 35 pounds - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Typical Noise Level - Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic).
Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases. May be exposed to/occasionally exposed to unpleasant patient elements.

Employment Type


  • Full-time

St. Luke's Hospital

915 East First Street
Duluth, MN 55805

Opened: 1881

Phone: (218) 249-5387

Fax: (218) 249-5387

Web: http://www.slhduluth.com

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