Neurosurgery Physician Assistant Opportunity in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, California
Jan 12, 2018
Position Type

Excellent opportunity for a dedicated surgical PA to join two (2) highly experienced Neurosurgeons at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Memorial Care Medical Foundation offers competitive compensation plus malpractice, retirement plan, health benefits, and PTO.

Description: PAs in Neurosurgery play an integral role in the global management of neurosurgery patients, including all aspects of pre-, intra- and post-operative care. Neurosurgery PAs perform patient histories, help with treatment plans, serve as first assistant in surgery in which they assist with all neurosurgical procedures, manage post-operative care, and handle a myriad of office-related duties. Neurosurgery PAs work under the supervision of the Neurosurgeon. Their knowledge, education, and skills benefit the Neurosurgeon and the Neurosurgical practice by reducing the amount time the Neurosurgeon spends with small issues allowing the surgeon to handle the more seriously ill patients. This challenging and dynamic position has a primary focus on collaboratively managing the full spectrum of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)/Physician Assistant services provided to neurosurgical patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Included are complex patients in the Neuro Critical Care Unit, the Emergency Department, the Neuroscience inpatient unit, and outpatients being evaluated for or returning post-surgery.

General duties:

  • Performing comprehensive and problem focused histories and physical examinations, interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Interpret and correlate subjective and objective data
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis and establish a working diagnosis
  • Develop a treatment plan for neurosurgical conditions within the scope of practice and in conjunction with supervising neurosurgeon
  • Implement therapeutic intervention for specific conditions requiring consultation, referral, or evaluation by the supervising neurosurgeon or other healthcare professionals

Hospital duties:

  • Performs first assistant duties
  • Closes deep and superficial wounds
  • Assists with neurosurgical procedures, including craniotomies, spinal procedures (including instrumentations), and microscopic procedures
  • Conducts hospital rounds on a daily basis of all patients including intensive care units
  • Write orders and progress notes
  • Performs all admission history and physicals
  • Orders appropriate laboratory and radiographic tests, such as MRIs, myleograms, bone scans, and other radiographic studies
  • Performs appropriate laboratory and diagnostic studies, such as lumbar punctures, ventriculostomies, myleograms, and placement of tong traction and halo fixation devices
  • Evaluates and clarifies clinical conditions
  • Formulates and implements treatment and therapeutic plans for hospitalized patients
  • Handles discharge planning and dictates discharge summaries

Office duties:

  • Review all new patient information and assign appropriate patient appointment date
  • See and evaluate all-new office patients and complete a thorough history and physical examination that is problem oriented for neurosurgical conditions
  • Present each patient to the supervising neurosurgeon and assist to formulate a treatment plan, order appropriate radiographic studies and perform office procedures such as staple/suture removal, wound management, adjust programmable shunts and pumps, interrogate nerve stimulators
  • Evaluate postoperative patients and routine follow-up visits. Be available to see those patients that require a same-day office visit
  • Return phone calls from patients, handle prescription refills, review radiographic and laboratory reports for abnormalities
  • Review x-rays, MRIs, CT scans of hospitalized and office patients with supervising neurosurgeon

Education and Requirements:   

  • Physician Assistant: Graduate from an accredited Physician Assistant program
  • Current, active, unrestricted licensure as a Physician’s Assistant
  • Certification and current license to practice in California
  • Must be able to get Credentialed to practice in the OR
  • Successful completion of NCCPA Board and maintenance of appropriate CME, or Documentation of registration for next NCCPA Board administration
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification, nice to have
  • DEA number
  • Meet criteria required for privileges as surgical PA/First Assist at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center