Senior Physician Assistant – Head and Neck Surgery

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Senior Physician Assistant – Head and Neck Surgery

Senior Physician Assistant – Head and Neck Surgery

Primary Location Sacramento, California

Job Number 1138405

Date posted 12/12/2022



The Senior Physician Assistant delivers excellent, effective, team-based patient-focused care under the supervision of a supervising physician. In addition to treating patients in the office, hospital, ED, and/or perioperative setting, the Senior Physician Assistant may also have other duties. It can be necessary for the senior physician assistant to first assist in the operating room or carry out other department-specific operations. The Senior Physician Assistant may also help his or her supervising physician with on-call duties. Depending on departmental and supervising physician needs, the Senior Physician Assistant's daily duties may change and necessitate late or weekend hours. The Senior Physician Assistant offers a high level of clinical and operational competence and may serve as a mentor to less experienced Physicians by virtue of his or her experience and competency in the role.



Essential Responsibilities:
The Physician Assistant will practice as part of a team under the direction of their supervising physician.
Primary Duties will be inclusive of the following but not limited to:
  • Examines the patient, conducts a thorough physical examination and compiles medical information about the patient, including their health history and examination findings.
  • Administers or orders diagnostic tests, including electrocardiograms, blood tests, and imaging investigations, and evaluates test results to look for out-of-the-ordinary outcomes.
  • Administers therapeutic operations, including injections, vaccinations, suturing, wound care, and infection management.
  • Performs additional diagnostic or therapeutic procedures particular to the department.
  • Creates and carries out patient management plans keeps track of progress, and contributes to the continuity of care.
  • Teaches and counsels patients on how to follow therapeutic regimens as recommended, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional issues with daily life, maintaining health, and other pertinent patient education.



Based on Specific Specialty, additional duties may include  the following:
    • Facilitate admissions, transfers, and discharges.
    • First, assist in surgeries or perform procedures as applicable.
  • Round on inpatients.
  • Performs admission evaluation on patients, which entails gathering basic medical information and medical history, reviewing the patient's medical record, performing a physical exam, entering findings into the patient's medical record, and notifying the attending physician of any findings that are out of the ordinary.
  • Pre-operative, pre-procedure, and other relevant education is given to the patient and family.
  • Performs peri-operative procedures, locates and uses diagnostic pictures, instruments, and relevant patient information, and responds to inquiries about surgery or procedures, recuperation, and risk factor adjustment.
  • Review patient records, making note of any allergies, relevant medical history, and unusual physical findings.
  • Helps execute surgical procedures and other procedures in accordance with the accepted standards of care and best practices.
  • Depending on the profession, they might start IVs, suture wounds, or serve as the first assistant during surgical procedures.
  • Performs post-operative operations, such as recording typical post-operative orders into patients' medical records; helps doctors assess and manage patients' conditions while they recover; reviews vital signs, laboratory results, and diagnostic tests; and helps with patient care.
  • Facilitates patient discharge and promptly orders discharge and transfer summaries.


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Other Duties

Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum three (3) years of previous experience in the last five (5) years as a physician assistant.
  • Graduate from an ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program.
License, Certification, Registration
  • California State Physician Assistant License, issued by the Physician Assistant Board under the Medical Board of California by date of hire.
  • NCCPA certified at the time of hire and maintained throughout my career at Kaiser Permanente.
  • BLS certification is required.
  • Must have a Nat'l Provider Identifier (NPI), or obtain an NPI, prior to employment start date and meet current Medicare requirements for billing.


Additional Requirements:

  • Only in orthopedics, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology is a fluoroscopy permit required or must be obtained within 18 months after the date of hire.
  • It could be necessary to possess the knowledge and skills needed to carry out particular activities as specified by the relevant department.
  • Must be able to function in a partnership between labor and management.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced Certification in specialty areas, is preferred.
  • Must have pre and post-op experience, 1 year OR experience within the last 3 years.
Primary Location: California, Sacramento, Sacramento Hospital
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40
Shift: Day
Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM
Working Hours End: 05:00 PM
Job Schedule: Full-time
Job Type: Standard
Employee Status: Regular
Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-NCAL-05|NUE| Non-Union Employee
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Department: Sacramento Hospital – Head and Neck – 0206
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

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