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Physician Assistant - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Company: Virginia Mason
Location: Seattle
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Number: 201983
Department: Plastic Surgery
Hours: 40
Schedule: 4, 10s. Hours and days will vary.--

Location: Seattle with the possibility of Federal Way occasionally.


The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center is seeking a full-time Physician Assistant to join our team. This position works collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team and is led by three surgeons serving patients in the Seattle and Federal Way communities. The practice is 70% reconstructive and 30% cosmetic.

The Physician Assistant will be based in Seattle, with occasional support at one of our Regional Medical Centers, with responsibility for assisting in the operating room, outpatient clinic visits, and rounding. --Under the direction of the supervising physicians, the PA will be responsible for all, in coordination with the physician, all aspects of patient care including the development of treatment plans, coordination of treatment and assistance in management of postoperative care.

While the PA can expect a relatively predictable work schedule planned in advance, whenever possible, scheduling variations may occur in order to cover patient needs as they become apparent to the department. The PA may be asked to take call, pick up additional shifts, work variable hours, and/or provide backup coverage as needed.


Principle Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as first assistant in the operating room and procedural areas
  • Manage perioperative patients while admitted to a busy surgery department.
  • Coordinate patient care, patient education and teaching, communicating with patients pre-operatively and post-operatively, and communicating with other providers to obtain all pertinent clinical information to facilitate patient care.
  • Provides direct care, counseling, and teaching to patients in the ambulatory, inpatient, operative, and/or procedural setting
  • Performs complete histories and physical examinations
  • Orders, interprets, and evaluates appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Develops appropriate plans of care and follow-up based on the outcomes of diagnostic, laboratory, and physical examination findings
  • Orders medications and writes prescriptions according to organizational and regulatory policies and procedures
  • Consistently provides high quality and timely documentation including admission and progress notes, procedure notes, operative notes and discharge summaries
  • Demonstrates expert clinical judgment skills to function in an independent role
    Completes individual daily rounds on all surgical patients and communication and documentation of treatment plans and discharge summaries

    Non-Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

    Demonstrates professional collaborative and consultative relationships with other providers
    Works with and educates residents as part of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team.
    Follows all designated prescriptive practices and monitoring requirements with the designated supervising physician
    Participates in departmental programs as appropriate and attends all required meetings, in-services, and professional trainings
    Maintains superior interpersonal and communication skills as a member of the healthcare team in order to collaborate effectively with patients, families, staff, and team members
    Remains actively involved in continuing education with a commitment to self and departmental growth
    Adheres to all established safety policies, procedures, and precautions; identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation
    Demonstrates understanding of procedures, policies, and documentation required to ensure compliance with hospital standards of care


    • This position requires Certification as a Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority in the State of Washington.

    • Must have the ability to work in a dynamic, busy clinical setting with changing patient needs

    • Must have the ability to be self-directive and to demonstrate initiative in addressing the responsibilities of the position

    • Must have the ability to utilize appropriate problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

    • Must be energetic and quality driven and have a proven ability to be a productive member of a team dedicated to providing optimal patient care

    • Must be proficient with computer systems as needed to independently perform daily tasks (EMR, Cerner preferred)

    • Must maintain the highest degree of professional judgment under the supervision and guidance of a licensed physician

      About Virginia Mason

      Virginia Mason, established in 1920 in Seattle, WA, is internationally recognized as a preeminent health care organization focused on delivering quality services to our patients. We have a 336-bed hospital in Seattle and multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 450 physicians. With a network of primary, specialty, neighborhood clinics and regional medical centers; you will find our culture is the very definition of best practices and a model that is the benchmark for other medical organizations.-- Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters-your patients.


      Living in the Pacific Northwest

      Located in the Pacific NW, Seattle is an area with a mild climate year round and close to the great outdoors where we enjoy an abundance of activities with our close proximity to the waters of Puget Sound and surrounding mountains. City life and cultural activities are also thriving. With a variety of neighborhoods and areas to work and live, there are many choices for the type of lifestyle you'd like to enjoy.


      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at
      Virginia Mason

      We commit to
      fostering an equitable, diverse and intentionally inclusive environment - we strive
      for all to feel valued, respected and that they belong. Our unique life
      experiences and backgrounds make our patient care extraordinary. Our diversity
      fuels our culture of innovation and transformative health care. Our differences
      are out strengths and inspire a promising future.--

Keywords: Virginia Mason, Seattle , Physician Assistant - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Healthcare , Seattle, Washington

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