Physician Assistant - Hand Division

Job Description:
Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Division Chief of Hand, the Physician Assistant (PA) coordinates the care of patients of the UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery Clinics.
The PA provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with permanent and progressive damage to the hand.
The PA will assist the Orthopaedic hand surgeons with patient care and related follow up, coordinating with patient's primary care and/or specialty physicians as needed.
The PA will provide patient/family/caretaker education for both outpatient clinical, inpatient services, and will serve as the first assist in the OR as needed or as directed by the Division Chief.
The PA will facilitate the transition from inpatient to outpatient care and will assist in rounding on inpatients with the hand team.
This will allow for smooth transitioning to outpatient care through communication with the hand team and in-depth knowledge of the patients' inpatient course.
The PA will assist the hand team in managing post-operative issues and concerns by email, secure messaging, and telephone after discharge from the hospital.
Major functions include assisting physicians in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
The PA will facilitate collaborations with interdisciplinary team members and other Orthopaedic Surgery Department faculty and staff, as well as participate in clinical research projects.
Qualifications Current certification as a Physician Assistant licensed in the State of California Demonstrated skills in providing care to patients with medical and Orthopaedic needs related to Hand.
A minimum of five years' experience treating patients with Orthopaedic problems.
Demonstrated skill in taking patient history, performing patient assessment, and developing a plan of care based on sound medical judgment.
Ability to perform non-operative Orthopaedic procedures, including injections.
Ability to provide education concerning care and treatment of Orthopaedic conditions to patients/families/caretakers.
Ability to work effectively with orthopaedic surgeons and other health team members to meet comprehensive needs of patients.
Ability to practice independently and to communicate closely and knowledgeably with physicians and staff.
Current ACLS certification.

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