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PA - Physician Assistant - Orthopedics
Ref No.: 15-00586
Category: Physician Assistant
Location: Fairfield, California
Start Date: 07/29/2015
PA - Physician Assistant - Orthopedics
THE Gateway to the Pacific and West coast living

The Community - Fairfield, CA
Fairfield is a vibrant and diverse community with respect for its heritage and a vision for the future. Fairfield combines a prime commercial real estate location, room for growing businesses, and a large and talented work force. Affordable housing, good schools and close proximity to many of the San Francisco Bay Area's world-famous destinations make Fairfield attractive for employers and workers. It is generally considered the midpoint between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento, approximately 36 miles from the city center of both cities, approximately 31 miles from the city center of Oakland, less than 19 miles from Napa Valley, 16 miles from the Carquinez Bridge, and 14 miles from the Benicia Bridge. It is located in the North-eastern part of the Bay Area. Fairfield was founded in 1856 by clippership captain Robert H. Waterman, and named after his former hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. It is the home of Travis Air Force Base and the headquarters of Jelly Belly. With a population of 108,321 at the 2010 census, it is slightly smaller in population than Vallejo.

Travis Air Force Base
Situated in the San Francisco Bay Area and known as the "Gateway to the Pacific ", Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States. Today, Travis AFB includes approximately 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reserve personnel and 3,770 civilians. Travis AFB has a major impact on the community as a number of military families and retirees have chosen to make Fairfield their permanent home. Travis AFB is the largest employer in the City and Solano County as well, and the massive Travis workforce has a local economic impact of more than $1 billion annually. The Base also contributes a large number of highly skilled people to the local labor pool. The base is also host to David Grant USAF Medical Center, a 265-bed, $200 million Air Force teaching hospital, which serves both in-service and retired military personnel.

REQUIREMENTS (duties include but are not limited to)
  • Provides primary or specialty medical care with the cognizance or supervision of a physician.
  • Provides services by collecting data required for diagnosis and performing procedures and services.
  • Obtains and evaluates medical histories, performs physical examinations, performs therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, and orders laboratory studies, radiographs, electrocardiograms, and other special examinations.
  • Collects specimens for pathologic examination. Analyzes and interprets data, formulates problem lists, and establishes plans for solution of clinical problems.
  • Counsel's patients on medical problems, use of drugs, expected effects of treatment, family planning, child care, diet, and other therapeutic health maintenance matters.
  • Makes entries in patient's permanent medical records.
  • In emergency situations, administers lifesaving procedures and medications pending availability of physician.
  • Procedures include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, treatment of life endangering traumatic injuries, defibrillation, insertion of endotracheal tubes, and administration of whole blood, oxygen, and other emergency medications.
  • Coordinates patient care. Coordinates patient care with other members of health care team.
  • Initiates consultation requests to other health professionals to provide more comprehensive patient management.
  • Accomplishes narrative summaries and other documentation.
  • Instructs other personnel assigned to health care team on preventive medicine programs and other appropriate medical activities and functions as directed.
  • Provide a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and operative procedures for patients in the outpatient, inpatient, and operative settings.
  • Comprehensive orthopedic medical care includes surgical evaluation, peri-operative care, and post-operative care
  • Independently obtain medical histories, making diagnosis and treating patients
  • Make arrangement for further care if appropriate, ordering and interpreting lab and imaging diagnostic tests, prescribing medication, providing consultation and assisting the orthopedic surgeon in the operating room, inpatient, emergency department, and outpatient settings.
  • Provide on-call coverage, to include treating orthopedic patients in the Emergency Department, addressing nursing concerns on inpatients, and provides initial evaluation and treatment of urgent outpatient orthopedic conditions.
  • Make lifesaving interventions and procedures and medications pending availability of a physician.
  • Admit and discharge patients from the hospital.
  • Participate as an educator to train new Orthopedic PA's in the DGMC Orthopedic PA Fellowship program.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Be a graduate Physician Assistant qualified by academic and practical education to provide patient services as a physician extender under supervision of a physician.
  • Be a graduate of a Physician Assistant Training Program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), or its predecessors, and acceptable to the Surgeon General, USAF, is mandatory.
  • Certification as a Physician Assistant by the National Committee on Certification Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required.
  • Have at least 24 months of experience as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant within the last 36 months in the specialty.
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