Physician Assistant, Thoracic Surgery

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 10-May-23

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR21686

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

Clinical Care

  • Assists the physician/surgeon through organized instruction and supervised practice.

  • Operating room, inpatient, and outpatient management of thoracic surgery patients.

  • Takes patient histories, conducts examinations, diagnoses illnesses, orders and interprets laboratory tests, performs specified diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, develops and implements comprehensive care plans, outpatient communication with patients, and assist in the operating room.

  • Assists in the team effort to expedite the start of surgery in the OR.

  • Performs patient follow up in the outpatient setting with communication to community health care providers assuring appropriate transitions of care and follow-up.

  • Works with nurse to address patient inquires via email, EPIC, or phone.

  • Participates in inpatient management of thoracic surgery patient alongside surgery residents, including floor rounds, consults, charting, orders, communication with consulting teams and patient discharge.

  • Coordinates patient and family education needs with staff, case managers and the Clinical Program Manager.

  • Participation in and coordination in patient care conferences.

  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental, and infection control standards.

  • Meets daily with the attending physician to discuss individual patient needs.

  • Functions as a professional role model for colleagues, nursing and house staff while providing expert care.

  • Promotes, has knowledge of, and utilizes appropriate patient care protocol relating to the physical and psychological needs of adult patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

  • Participates in self and peer evaluation to improve the quality of care.

  • Participates in the development, review and evaluation of procedures.

  • Ability to travel to off-site clinics as needed.

Research & Education

  • Participates in clinical trials and research protocol development in surgery.

  • Assists in identifying patients and obtaining informed consent for participation in clinical research trials.

  • Assists in the creation and maintenance of educational tools for patients and families.

  • Assists in quality and improvement efforts through established hospital committees.

  • Keeps knowledge base current by reading professional literature and attending educational conferences.

  • Participates in training of medical students, surgical house staff, and PA students.


  • 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 patientâ™s plan of care.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).


  • Clinical experience in a related area of specialty.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • 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

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

  • Ability to provide direct patient care independently under the direction of the supervising physician.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication.

  • Ability to perform detailed work.

  • Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations.

  • Ability to train or lead others.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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