Advanced Practice Provider – Orthopaedic Spine

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD ORT - Clinical Support

About the Department

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago consists of twenty-five full time faculty members. Each faculty members brings with them expertise on a wide variety of Orthopaedic problems including: Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer, Bone Health and Fragility, Bone Infection Care, Foot and Ankle Care, Fracture Care, Hand and Wrist Care, Hip Care, Knee Care, Pediatric Orthopaedic Care, Shoulder and Elbow Care, Spine Care and Sports Medicine. Advanced Practice Providers are an important part of the care team and work as independent providers as part of our subspecialty teams.

Job Summary

The job uses best practices and knowledge of patients and exercises autonomous decision making in the assessment, diagnosis and initiation of delegated medical treatments. The scope of practice includes family support, discharge planning, staff education, consultation and research.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine is looking for an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) (Physician Assistant or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) for our Orthopaedic Spine program. The job uses best practices and knowledge of patients, and exercises autonomous decision making in the assessment, diagnosis and initiation of delegated medical treatments for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular spine care. Responsibilities include the evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions in the outpatient clinical setting and will assist in the OR as needed. Individual will establish independent clinics and appropriate care of patients. The ideal candidate is passionate about the orthopaedic field and about providing exceptional patient care.


  • Provides healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician or in collaboration with a physician.

  • Provides support by seeing clinic patients independently at various clinical locations, in particular at the University of Chicago Orland Park clinic, the Ambulatory clinic in Hyde Park, and other potential locations.

  • Provides patient access in the Orthopaedic Surgery Walk-in clinic in Orland Park on one or more evenings per week.

  • Holds independent clinics and provides care for new, return and pre- and post-operative patients.

  • Performs in-office procedures (arthrocentesis, ultra-sound guided injections, and others).

  • Assists in the Operating Room for spine surgery weekly. May cover other surgeons as needed.

  • Works collaboratively within the multidisciplinary Orthopaedic team, using advanced clinical skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive direct patient care and services to patients under the care of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

  • This individual will assume accountability for patient care in making decisions, prescribing appropriate medications as set forth in the delegation of prescriptive authority, prescribing appropriate treatments, delegating tasks, and maintaining a comfortable environment for the patient.

  • Collaborates with and acts as liaison among the nurse, patient, family, physician, and community resources for coordination of patient care.

  • Selects appropriate communications approach to achieve desired outcomes of patient care.

  • Actively pursues required knowledge and skills for professional development. Identifies and participates in quality assurance issues on the unit.

  • May participate in health education in the community.

  • May participate in basic science and clinical research projects conducted by supervising physician.

  • May prepare statistical reports and analysis setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.

  • Acts as a resource for clinical skills to staff on or off the unit.

  • May participate in teaching students and residents in techniques and procedures which are unique to specific clinical setting.

  • Designs patient education programs that include information required to make informed health care and treatment decisions.

  • Evaluates goals and outcomes taking into account the benefit-versus-burden, safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness for the patient, family and the organization.

  • Develops diagnostic strategies and therapeutic interventions needed to achieve the goals and outcomes of the patient’s plan of care.

  • Has a deep understanding and response to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults. Develops and coordinates APP training and professional development activities.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree from an accredited school/college.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through a combination of education and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in a related job discipline.


Current and/or eligible for State of Illinois licensure/registration required. Eligibility to be privileged and credentialed through the Medical Staff Office (MSO). - State of Illinois


Preferred Qualifications


  • Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.


  • Two or more years of clinical experience in a related area of specialty.

Licenses and Certifications for Advanced Practice Nurse:

  • Current Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.

  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.

Licenses and Certifications for Physician Assistant:

  • Current Physician Assistant license/registration in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.

  • Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) by start date.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills.

  • Ability to conduct physical examinations and health assessments.

  • Ability to provide direct patient care in a professional and respectful manner.

  • Ability to read documents or instruments.

  • Ability to interview and obtain medical information.

  • Willingness to enter into written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician upon hire.

  • Once licensed and as needed, willingness to apply for a controlled substance license and DEA number.

  • Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCM Medical Staff Office prior to start date.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.

  • Ability to perform detailed work.

  • Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills.

  • Problem-solving.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Patient Care.

  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive.

Working Conditions

  • Clinical setting.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Reference Contact Information (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Healthcare & Medical Services

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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