MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant – Dermatology in Houston, Texas

The ideal candidate will be a Physician Assistant with a minimum 1 year of experience. Previous experience in Dermatology strongly preferred.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Must be able to independently initiate assignments without supervision. Understand and respond to telephone conversations with physicians and other members of the health care team, both within and outside of the institution. Clearly write and/or clearly communicate verbally, person-to-person, or over the phone. Must carry pager and respond.

Will perform and record histories, physical assessments and progress notes which must be countersigned within twenty-four (24) hours by the supervising physician. Must be able to a complete physical exam and dictate an admission note. Must be willing to learn and perform skin disease assessments using SWAT and CAILS tools.

Order routine tests appropriate to the services provided under such orders.

Administer drugs ordered by direct personal or voice communication by the authorizing physician, who shall assume responsibility for the patient's welfare, providing such administration or provision of drugs shall be in compliance with other state and federal laws. Any such verbal order shall be recorded by the Physician Assistant in the medical record and subsequently countersigned by the supervising physician within twenty-four (24) hours.

Perform routine admission procedures. Follow hospital patients, and monitors lab results.

Participate and collaborate on clinical research protocols. Interview patient and review the eligibility criteria to identify potential patients for protocol studies. Schedule and conduct follow-up appointments, perform protocol related procedures such as skin biopsy, EKG, clinical assessments, and photography. Schedule and perform delegated medical procedures.

Interviews patients for symptoms, side-effects, toxicities, and determines their grade pertaining to the investigational aspects of protocols. Calculate drug doses when appropriate, and fill out chemotherapy forms for signature. Measures films to monitor disease response. Assesses toxicity, grade and makes handwritten entries onto flow sheet or database. Assures protocol compliance and assists physicians as necessary.

Deliver education to patients and their families. Conducts in-service training for clinic and in-house nursing personnel regarding protocol requirements.

Participates in education of medical students, dermatology residents and fellows, other Physician Assistants, and house officers. May supervise personnel in related actives. Works closely with the Research Nurse and clinical fellow to evaluate and treat patients on clinical research trials.

EDUCATION

Required:

Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program approved by the Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

EXPERIENCE

Required: None

Preferred: A minimum of one year experience in a PA role.

Preferred: Prior Dermatology experience.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required: All of the following:

PA certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State of Texas.

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