The Parkinson and Other Movement Disorder Center is dedicated to provide a multidisciplinary and personalized approach for the care of patients with these disorders. The Center includes in addition to movement disorder specialists, social worker, rehabilitation team, neuropsychology, nurse practitioner, clinical coordinator, and team of research coordinators who meet weekly for discussion of patients. The Center conducts state of the art research that patients can participate if they meet study criteria. It has an outreach program and conducts biannual seminars for the community.
Under general supervision, the Physician Assistant (PA) provides clinically expert triage and patient care services for the neuroscience functional practice. Serves as liaison between patients and physicians, assessing and determining the acuity of patient symptoms and communicating these to the physicians as appropriate. Interviews patients regarding presenting problem to determine and expedite disposition.
Performs outpatient PA functions; assists other advanced practice providers and physicians as required; conveys instructions and lab results to patients, providing health education as needed; maintains and restocks equipment and supplies. Triage all incoming patient calls and electronic messages. Prioritizes and resolves, involving Physicians as appropriate. Manages and documents all communications in the electronic medical record system.
The PA also functions as a provider of patient care for neurological neuroscience practice. Provides full clinical support in the management of inpatients and outpatients. Plans, implements and evaluates health care treatments for movement disorder patients. Direct supervision will occur by assigned Attending Movement Disorder Specialists. The position requires a strong emphasis on the complete care of the movement disorder patient. Position requires special knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of neurology, ideally in movement disorders.
While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.
Current State of California Physician Assistant (PA) license.
Current Physician Assistant Certification from NCCPA.
BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.
A minimum of one and a half (1.5) years of licensed working PA experience in neuro and outpatient.
Demonstrated working knowledge of outpatient services with recent direct patient care experience.
Ability to properly counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations. Ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health care personnel. Ability to maintain good working relationships and communications with physicians in-charge, laboratory personnel, and members of the health care team.
Ability to communicate clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal skills, using tact and diplomacy in order to interact effectively with all levels of professional staff and a diversity of patients. Skill in appropriate telephone techniques.
Demonstrated ability to perform initial history, and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.
Ability to write orders regarding execution of inpatient, outpatient plans of treatment. Ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner.
Excellent writing skills to prepare clear medical reports, laboratory data and progress notes, as well as policies, procedures and protocols for patient care management.
Demonstrated skill in interpreting lab test results commonly used in the clinical area.
Knowledge necessary for instructing housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel.
Ability to assess the daily status and progress of patients and report this effectively to the physician in-charge and other medical care personnel associated with the patient.
Knowledge of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for the patients care and well-being and the skill in recording medical assessment findings accurately and completely.
Demonstrated skill in insertion of intravenous lines.
- Current ACLS Certificate.
- Bilingual English/Spanish.
- Theoretical background in neurology, and/or movement disorders.
- Knowledge of clinical and ancillary services within the UCSD Medical Center.
- Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges.
- Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
- Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
The Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego Health System has been designated the 41st Center of Excellence in the National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF) global network. This designation is the highest recognition offered by NPF to a Parkinson's specialty clinic. It represents the consensus of leaders in the field that the UC San Diego program is among the world's leading centers for Parkinson's research, outreach and care.
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