Physician Assistant

LOCATION:

New York, NY             

           

DEPARTMENT:      Medical Services    

 

REPORTS TO:         Medical Director

         

MAJOR FUNCTIONS:      

Under the supervision of the Physician, the Physician Assistant is responsible for delivering and providing a variety of functions necessary for admissions, treatment, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation for opiate dependent adults in methadone maintenance treatment program. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides direct patient care by identifying, reporting and addressing changes in the patient’s health status.
  • Performs initial and annual physical examinations and takes patient health histories.
  • Develops and initiates plan of care for patients and delivers on-going patient care based on this plan in an outpatient facility.
  • Orders and interprets routine laboratory and test results.
  • Writes prescription and medication orders in compliance with New York State Rules and Regulations governing the performance of Physician Assistant.
  • Performs specific procedures, including but not necessarily limited to: administering immunization, injections, drawing blood specimens for testing, urinalysis, PPD placements, and other routine tests.
  • Provides appropriate medical referrals for consultation and special testing to ensure optimum quality of patient care.
  • Communicates daily with Nursing and other clinical staff and care providers to identify client needs so that they can be incorporated into the daily work schedule.
  • Ensures the integrity, proper organization, completeness and confidentiality of the patient record in accordance with agency policy and procedure.
  • Identifies quality of care issues and makes recommendations for improvement to the Program Director and Medical Director.
  • Facilitates positive relationships between medical, clinical, and management staff as well as external medical providers.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team process and attends case conferences.
  • Performs other duties as requested by supervisor as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant program culminating in a two-year academic degree-Associates OR a four-year degree-Bachelors.
  • Current New York State Licensure as a Physician Assistant by the New York State Department of Education. Board Certified, preferred.
  • Current CPR certification or ACLS
  • A minimum of 1 year experience in addiction medicine or substance abuse treatment programs.
  • Must be available to provide coverage for two adult methadone maintenance programs within the area.
  • Bilingual- Spanish preferred.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Excellent interpersonal, supervisory and management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to patients with a variety of psycho social issues
  • Familiarity with OASAS and DOH regulations
  • Experience working with diverse populations.

 

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