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MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant - Thoracic Head & Neck Medical Oncology in Houston, Texas

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.

The Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology provides the highest quality of care to our patients and advances the treatment and prevention of aerodigestive cancers through innovative clinical and laboratory research.


Clinical patient care duties in outpatient settings:

Attend clinics with physician.

Conduct preliminary assessments of physician's new and follow-up clinic patients.

Dictate clinic progress notes on physician's follow-up patients, dictate PMEs on new patients, and dictate consultation notes.

Write outpatient orders, including those for chemotherapy, IV fluids, transfusions, growth factors, etc.

Assist with physician's clinic-related paperwork.

Assist with physician's miscellaneous clinic activities.

Screen patients' telephone calls and refer to physician when appropriate.

Evaluate physician's clinic "drop-in" patients.

Assume responsibility for physician's clinic patients (either scheduled or "drop-in"), even if staffed by another attending in physician's absence.

Round on Survivorship/surveillance APP led clinics.

Attend department meetings pertinent to patient care.

Assist physician with in-patient care when needed.

Work with another physician in physician's absence, if directed by physician.

Perform other patient care related activities and various administrative duties pertaining to patient care and/or clinic operations as assigned by the Medical Director of clinic, the attending physician, or the APP Supervisor.

Clinical patient care duties in inpatient settings:

Assess new consults to the THNMO service.

Conduct independent rounds to make preliminary assessments of in-patients being followed on the THNMO Consult Service.

Obtain medical histories and perform physical examinations.

Conduct in-patient rounds with physician.

Education and counseling of patients regarding chemotherapy side effects and other aspects of their cancer.

Discharge planning; this will include scheduling appropriate out-patient follow-up with M.D. Anderson and/or community practitioners; writing discharge prescriptions when needed; performing appropriate patient and family education/counseling; interaction with the discharge planning team as needed.

Assist physician in coordination of in-patient care, including facilitation of scheduling tests, consultations with other services, acting as liaison with research nurses and with the patient's primary clinic attending, and appropriate interaction with the hospitalist team and the discharge planning team.

Research related duties:

Screen patients for eligibility for clinical trials.

Obtain charts and x rays as needed for analysis of clinical trials.

Help prepare chemotherapy orders for clinical trials.

Perform other patient care related activities and various administrative duties pertaining to clinical trials as assigned by the Medical Director of the clinic, the attending physician, or the APP Supervisor.

Assess patients for protocol eligibility, which includes teaching.

Evaluate patients and perform physical examinations.

Complete clinic note or other documentation as appropriate.

Review patients' charts and verbally present patient history and physical examination to attending physician.

Assist research nurses in identifying patients who may benefit by protocol registration.

Explain protocol treatment options and plans to patients.

Maintain records:

File, sort, distribute, copy, and upload all pertinent paperwork.

Be able to handle material of a technical and/or confidential nature.

Prepare reports and work out details of presentations.

Dictate letters to referring physicians by keying medical records dictation number and codes on telephone keypad and by speaking into a hand held telephone receiver.

Collect patient charts from Medical Records.

Coordinate with services, from different departments, to complete potential projects:

Take the initiative in making decisions and taking action which will further the department's goals.

Be able to assimilate pertinent information in order to compose written correspondence.

Display the ability to organize and disseminate information in a clearly understood manner.



Master's degree from an accredited Physician Assistant (PA) program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), except for Physician Assistants who graduated from a PA program prior to 2013.



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.

Must meet the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) , ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) if working in one of following department: Pediatrics - Patient Care (113100).

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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 151117

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 100,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 125,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 150,000

  • Science Jobs: No