The Physician Assistant assesses and evaluates the health care needs of patients, performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, institutes and manages care for patients, and performs related work as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Takes patient histories and performs complete physical examinations of patients.
Assesses the clinical status of patients.
Orders and performs laboratory and screening tests in accordance with approved protocols or standardized procedures.
Consults with physician supervisor as necessary and refers cases as appropriate.
Formulates clinical assessment based upon clinical findings, plans, and coordinates care.
Recommends and/or administers treatment or medications as approved.
Provides and evaluates patient care according to adopted protocols and quality assurance program criteria.
Participates in on-going evaluation, quality assurance, required trainings, peer review, provider meetings and other clinical meetings.
Educates patients regarding health and illness prevention. Recommends community resources to meet patient and family needs.
Mentors peers and teaches students and residents when requested.
Reviews and prepares protocols for use by staff.
Maintains accurate, complete, concise, and timely documentation in the electronic medical record.
Participates in after-hour call coverage.
Responds to patient or co-worker complaints and works toward a positive resolution of any dispute.
Serves as a member of site committees when requested.
Identifies problems related to patient services and makes recommendations for improvement.
Adheres to established clinical protocols, procedures, and attendance policy.
Assists in updating clinical protocols and procedures when requested.
Other duties and responsibilities as designated by supervisor.
Ability to work as a member of a team in order to communicate and/or solicit pertinent information to and from other team members and support team decisions.
Ability to communicate effectively and exercise sound and responsible judgment.
Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal. Ability to establish constructive working relationships with all levels of management and employees in a staff of varied and diverse backgrounds.
Ability to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to effectively represent ODCHC’s interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among co-workers, public, private, and professional groups.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Diploma from an accredited program with credentialing through the American Nurses Association or Physician Assistant Association.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Current California medical license.
Current Board Certification.
Current DEA license.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described are representative of those needed to successfully perform the essential duties of the position. Reasonable accommodation will be made to allow otherwise qualified candidates to perform these functions.
Speaking and hearing sufficient to communicate effectively by phone or in person, at normal volumes.
Vision adequate to read correspondence, computer screen, forms, etc.
Good manual dexterity.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Must possess a valid driver's license and reliable means of transportation.
Open Door Community Health Centers (ODCHC), a federally qualified health center established in 1971, is a network of 12 clinics in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties on California’s North Coast. ODCHC serves more than half of the area’s 160,000 residents. ODCHC is California’s largest provider of primary medical, dental and behavioral health care north of San Francisco.