Columbia University Physician Assistant in New York, New York

Position Information

Job Title

Physician Assistant

Job Code Title

Job Requisition Number



7552- SUR Surgery


Medical Center

Job Type

Officer Full-Time Regular

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Hours Per Week


Job Family


Salary Grade

Officer 105

Salary Range

Commensurate upon experience

Advertised Summary Job Description

Under the direction of a Supervising Plastic Surgeon and/or Chief of Service. Physician Assistant Services performs history and physical examinations. Establishes a presumptive diagnosis and performs a general work-up including the ordering of appropriate laboratory studies. Under supervision, is responsible for the patient's medical issues following the diagnosis. May assist medical staff with preintra- and post-operative surgical activities and research projects in assigned area.

Duties and responsibilities:

1 Performs history and physical examinations on patients. In consultation with the patient's attending physician, establishes a presumptive diagnosis and initiates the work up of the patient by ordering appropriate laboratory studies. Under supervision, is responsible for the management of the patient's medical issues following diagnosis.

2 Assists in hospital rounds. Makes complete chart entries on patient transactions and records progress notes.

3 Initiates appropriate noninvasive laboratory, radiological and special examinations or tests required for the evaluation of illness.

4 May provide pre-surgical patient care including taking extensive patient histories, giving general physicals, and submitting information to physician for diagnosis and writing pre-operative orders.

5 May serve as 1st or 2nd assistant in assigned area. Scrubs, starts IV's, monitors equipment and alerts surgeon of changes in patient's condition, and may close skin after operation. Acts as liaison between surgeon and surgical staff throughout the operation.

6 Attends to the patient in the Recovery Room or Intensive Care Unit. May provide postoperative instructions to patients.

7 Attends daily rounds and provides post-operative care on floor by checking for signs of post-operative complications, changing dressings, and removing sutures.

8 Performs minor surgery under direct supervision. Performs clinical procedures under the direction and supervision of the responsible physician such as venipuncture, arteriopuncture and electrocardiogram. May administer intravenous medications, fluids, blood and blood components, and local infiltrative anesthetic. May administer injections I.M., subcutaneous and intradermal. May perform intradermal skin tests, nastrogastic intubation and insertion of urinary catheters. May cleanse and debride wounds.

9 Initiates appropriate therapy in medical emergencies until the arrival of the physician.

10 Provides follow-up and health maintenance care including appropriate adjustments of medications to patients in accordance with established protocols or specific instructions from the responsible physician. Orders oral and parental medications for patients under the care of the supervising physician.

11 Communicates with patients and families regarding their medical issues following consultation with the responsible physician. Provides counseling and instruction regarding patients' medical issues.

12 Collaborates with other caregivers to ensure continuity of care of patients, and to attain the greatest efficacy in the use of hospital resources in managing patients.

13 Assists the physician as directed in the training of health personnel in diagnostic, therapeutic and clinic techniques. Participates in appropriate continuing education programs.

14 May perform research activities including assisting at laboratory surgery, collecting and reporting of data. Retrieves and reviews charts and analyzes data for research projects.

15 Prepares and dictates patient summaries of hospitalization.

16 Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus 4 years of related experience.

Must have degree from an accredited, AMA-CAHEA approved Physician Assistant program, and have current Physician's Assistant license must be board Certified.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to effectively interact with patients, family members, physicians and Hospital staff in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Must have proven experience performing technical procedures.

Must have analytical abilities sufficient to interpret patient examination results.

Special Instructions

Preferred Qualifications

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Special Indications

This position works with:

Contact with patients and/or research subjects

Physician Billing

HIPAA Compliance training required


Participation in Medical Surveillance required


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Requisition Close Date

Open Until Filled

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