MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant - Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one ofthe world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research,education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancercare in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


Patient Assessment

Provides quality patient care in relation topatient's prescribed diagnosis, treatment, age group, development, and otheridentified needs. Assesses health status by performing the medical history,episodic physical examination, and psychosocial assessment. Reports findingsand test results to physicians. Monitors laboratory, clinical radiographic andprocedural data. Reviews the findings of the history and physical, pertinentlaboratory data, radiographic data, plan for further diagnosis and therapeuticmanagement with the physician.


Prevents, minimizes, and manages symptoms/toxicities/healthabnormalities related to disease or treatment in collaboration with physicianand other allied personnel. Evaluates patient's response to treatment andhealth care provided and modifies care as needed (under supervision of physicianif medical acts are required). Coordinates activities, including writing ordersand requesting consultations from other health team members, to meet patient'smultiple needs and requests. Provides emergency triage and renders emergencymedical service pending the arrival of a physician. Identifies and managespatient's crises until physician assistance is available. If eligible, writeprescriptions as needed. Writes or dictates patient letters, patient notes(history and physical notes, progress notes, telephone notes, consultationnotes, and discharge summaries). Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratorywork, x-rays, PET scans, CT scans, and MRI scans as directed by physician.Provides psychological support to patients and families. Provides health carethroughout the disease process: diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation,palliative, terminal care, and prevention of cancer and/or complications.Facilitates use of institutional resource. Facilitates communication betweenpatient/family and interdisciplinary team and coordinates services related topatient care. Schedules consultations, diagnostic test or procedures, futureappointments for patients in coordination with the attending physician.Participates in Gynecology/Radiation Interdisciplinary Team Conference. Assistswith data retrieval and entry of patient data.

Performance of Diagnostic/Therapeutic Procedures

Undergoes training of specific medicalprocedures at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center by a physician. Demonstratescompetency of specific procedure under the direct supervision of a physicianleading to privileging to perform the procedure. Performs medical procedures toinclude: removal of staples/sutures, opening and care of wounds, removal ofvaginal packing and drains, removal of catheters. Performs pelvic exams,pap smears, and cervical/vaginal/vulvar/endometrial biopsies. Administers drugsas needed - intravenous, intra-arterial, and intraperitoneal. Obtains bloodfrom venous and central accesses. May remove and/or assist with the removal ofradium sources and intracavitary systems.


Provides health education to the patient andhis/her family (management of side effects, etc.) as well as participates informal and informal instruction of nursing students, professional nurses and otherhealth professionals. Promote positive health behaviors and self-care skillsthrough education and counseling. Refers patient to appropriate resource perthe assessment and evaluation. Builds and maintains a therapeutic team toprovide optimum therapy/care. Demonstrates advanced knowledge in gynecologiconcology and care of surgical patient. Assists in development of educationalmaterial for use by staff. Keeps current by attending continuing educationprograms related to the clinical area, participating in professional nursingorganizations, communicating advances in nursing practice or health care ingeneral in writing through publications and presentation of scientific papers.Serves as a resource person in the orientation process and ongoing fellowshipand residency program.


Contributes to research efforts ofDepartment/Section and applies pertinent research to clinical practice.Identifies clinical problems amenable to research methods. Initiates orcollaborates in research projects. Serves as a research person by assistingwith the implementation of registered departmental research protocols.Collaborates with the department in the development of new research protocols.Applies pertinent research to care of patients and to develop alternate plansof care. Attends departmental meetings pertinent to the APP.


Provides consultation to colleagues and alliedpersonnel outside and within MDACC. Collaborates with medical, nursing, andother disciplines regarding plan of care, follow-up and evaluation. Recommendstherapeutic measure for relief of symptoms.


Minimum: $90,000 – Midpoint: $112,500 – Maximum: $135,000


Required: Graduate of aPhysician Assistant training program approved by the Council of MedicalEducation of the American Medical Association.


Required: PA certification bythe National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. Licensed by the Texas State Board ofPhysician Assistant Examiners.

MAY BEREQUIRED: Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State ofTexas.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.