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Physician Assistant

Orthopedic Surgery

Physician Assistant

  • 527880
  • Medical Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jul 27 2022
  • Grade 106
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35

Position Summary

Under the direction of a Supervising Physician, Chief Physician Assistant or Director, Physician Assistant Services performs history and physical examinations. Establishes a presumptive diagnosis and performs a general work-up including the ordering of appropriate laboratory studies. Under supervision, is responsible for the patient’s medical issues following the diagnosis. May assist medical staff with pre, intra- and post-operative surgical activities and research projects in assigned area.


  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to
  • Take, record and document patient history/encounter
  • Confer w/ physicians about patient findings and potential diagnosis w/ established course of treatment; formulate and update patient care plans
  • Review lab results, x-rays and MRI/CT results and communicate to physician and patient
    Provide diagnosis and treatment services to established and postoperative patients
  • Administer therapeutic injections and perform minor procedures as needed
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the team (office coordinator, nurse, resident, fellow) to provide high quality patient care; coordinate appointment and surgical scheduling templates w/ team
  • Perform patient education duties (i.e. show surgical videos, provide brochures, direct patients to additional resources) and review pre-operative instructions to explain surgical process to surgical patients
  • Ensure all necessary office notes, lab results and films are presented for residents and attending's review prior to surgery
  • Triage telephone calls; Return patient phone messages at designated times throughout the day; document action taken in patient chart
  • Telephone prescription requests to pharmacy; document action in patient chart and obtain physician signature of approval
  • Oversee appointment bookings with appointment scheduling team and ensure emergency situations are scheduled appropriately; maintain timely flow of patients
  • Complete clinical portions of disability and insurance forms
  • Maintain surgical log
  • Make rounds with or on behalf of physician
  • Assist surgeon in operating room of the hospital and ambulatory surgery center including performing safety checks during patient positioning, mastering leg positioning, retractor placement, and facilitating surgical flow
  • Film and edit surgical videos for teaching, talks, and resident education
  • Work in collaboration with the Pediatric team
  • Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus four years of related experience; Master's preferred.

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Program from a recognized college or university. Current New York Physician Assistant license. BLS and ACLS certification required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience relevant to the area of clinical practice preferred.
  • Experience in Pediatric Spine Orthopedic Surgery

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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