Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Under the direction of a physician, practices high quality medical care in performing a variety of patient care activities such as patient exams, diagnostics, regenerative medicine, and ultrasound guided injections.  Assist in the operating room with implanting spinal cord stimulators.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for facilitating patient care under physician supervision.
  • Performs patient exams, diagnostics and treatments providing direct patient care.
  • See established patients for follow-up visits.
  • Institute and/or continue treatment plan as outlined by the treating physician to include but not limited to the following:
    •  Regenerative medicine (platelet rich plasma injections)
    •  Ultrasound guided injections
    •  Assist and learn in the OR, implanting spinal cord stimulators
  • Collects patient histories and relay instructions to patients/families.
  • Participates in professional development activities and opportunities.
  • Strong interest in spine and MSK anatomy.
  • Adheres to company policies as described in employment handbook and company work rules.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA guidelines and NMOA policy.
  • Utilizes CPS electronic medical record (EMR) system to facilitate patient workflow.
  • Documents patient information into their EMR chart, including current medications, reasons for the visit, and patient vitals.
  • Prepares charts as per department guidelines. Assures that lab, x-ray, and other test results are placed correctly in the patient chart.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Perform other 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.

  • Love of learning, interest in spine and MSK anatomy
  • Excellent written, oral, and instructional communication skills.
  • Ability to understand, read, write, and speak English.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret medical information.
  • Ability to successfully write reports and medical correspondence.
  • Knowledge of basic nursing principles and protocols.
  • Knowledge of medical chart reporting/records.
  • Knowledge of infection control policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, co-workers, patients, and vendors.
  • Ability to effectively present information, respond to questions and professionally interact with 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.
  • Requires ability to identify and implement opportunities to improve performance of the Clinic.
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects effectively and efficiently while maintaining a professional, courteous manner.
  • High integrity, including maintenance of confidential information.
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment and positively influence and lead others, including handling confrontations with poise and efficiency.
  • Proficient computer skills (including, but not limited to spreadsheets, word documents, Internet, and email) required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work at other locations if needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Graduate of AMA accredited physician assistant program, BA/BS (MS preferred).

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

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 upon completion. 

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.

Fast-paced medical office environment involving contact and interaction with patients, physicians, and other clinical and clerical personnel. Conditions common to a clinic environment include but are not limited to communicable disease, blood borne pathogens, bodily fluids, and toxic substances.  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.  Requires vision correctable to 20/20 and hearing in the normal range for face-to-face and telephone contacts. Work may be under stressful conditions at times.

Works in well-lit, ventilated and climate-controlled clinic environment.  Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

SAFETY SENSITIVE

This position is a safety-sensitive position. The use of marijuana is prohibited. Impairment by drugs or alcohol is also prohibited.