Job Description

New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates (NMOA) has been serving the Albuquerque community for over 35 years and is the largest specialty clinic in the Southwest. NMOA is a fast-paced, high tech and patient-centered practice providing exceptional care for every patient every day. We live our core values each day; Compassion, Teamwork, Accountability and Accessibility. Join our team today and enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package.  

POSITION SUMMARY:

Works under the supervision of the physician in a clinical and surgical setting, provides high quality treatment and healthcare services, counsels patients, and provides assistance during surgery.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides acute and chronic patient care by identifying short-term and long-range patient care issues that must be addressed; recommend options and courses of actions; implement physician directives
  • Assists with in-patient surgical procedures
  • Assess patient health by interviewing patient, performing physical examinations, obtaining, updating and studying medical histories
  • Performs pre and post-operative patient care, wound care and suturing
  • Monitors therapies and prescribes appropriate medications
  • Determines condition by ordering diagnostic tests; interpreting test results
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations
  • Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control polices and protocols
  • Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge and apply new knowledge to the job
  • Evaluates and triages patient calls and medical problems
  • Educates and counsel patients and families as appropriate
  • Conduct hospital rounds as needed
  • Perform other physician related duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   N/A

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.

  • Service Orientation: Ability to anticipate, recognize, and meet the needs of patients and their families.  
  • Oral Communication: Able to listen, provide direction, relay information in a professional manner that is appropriate to the audience and respond to questions.
  • Attention to Detail: Able to keep track of patients and activities and provide accurate and succinct charting and messages.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Conveys a warm, caring, and approachable demeanor. Displays unconditional respect toward others. Able to sense others feelings and perspectives.
  • Team Work: Works effectively with others to accomplish objectives and goals. Offers assistance to others in need.
  • Multi-tasking: Able to properly perform multiple duties at once.
  • Resilience: Effectively manages stress in a fast-paced setting.
  • Procedures: Demonstrates sufficient techniques in performing medical procedures.
  • Ability to understand, read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret medical information.
  • Ability to effectively present information, respond to questions and professionally interact with physicians, managers, employees, patients, vendors and the general public.
  • Ability to recognize and define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and correct errors.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in a variety of forms and deal with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Exhibit a comprehensive understanding of healthcare regulatory and compliance policy (e.g., HIPAA).
  • Knowledge of New Mexico Orthopaedics policies and procedures.
  • Ability to identify and implement opportunities for improvement.
  • High integrity, including maintenance of confidential information.
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment and positively influence others, including handling confrontations with poise and efficiency.
  • Proficient computer skills required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.  

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

BA/BS (MS preferred) and a minimum one year experience as a PA. Orthopedic experience is preferred.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Graduate of AMA accredited physician assistant program and a current New Mexico PA license is required. A copy of the PA certification is required. Maintaining the certification is the PAs responsibility and all costs are reimbursed by the company.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

Activities include holding, carrying, pushing, transferring, and pulling of objects and people, safely. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Repetitive motion of upper body required for extended use of computer. Requires vision correctable to 20/20 and hearing in the normal range for face-to-face and telephone contacts.

Works in well-lit, ventilated and climate controlled clinic environment

Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.