Interventional Radiology Physician Assistant

Medford, OR
Full-Time


Summary Description

The Interventional Radiology Physician Assistant (IR PA) is responsible for providing competent medical care in accordance with the professional scope of practice and current State of Oregon regulatory statutes. As an IR PA you will be expected to perform hospital consults and rounds, take patient’s history, perform physical examinations, perform radiologic procedures (within scope of practice) under the supervision of a licensed Radiologist, treatment planning within the scope of practice and interpret physical, psychological and preventive health data to determine patient’s needs and problems. Able to prescribe medications as allowed by scope of practice and pharmacy formulary. The IR PA collaborates with Radiologists in the promotion and provision of healthcare.


Essential Functions

General

  • Reports to work as scheduled and on time per policy with predictable regular attendance. Time away from work is approved and taken in accordance with established policies.
  • Takes all reasonable steps to maintain confidentiality of all information related to patients, medical staff, employees, and as appropriate, other information, ensuring compliance with HIPAA mandates.
  • Demonstrates positive interpersonal communications in dealing with all others. Recognizes and respects differences in the work place. Demonstrates openness, sensitivity and commitment to the coworkers, patients, family members, and any other visitors to MRG.
  • Consistently demonstrates and incorporates principles of safety and infection control into daily activities. Maintains current knowledge of disaster policies and participates appropriately in disaster drills. Expresses and applies principles of body mechanics to prevent injury and accidents.
  • Displays consistent commitment to customer service and team work. Displays personal behavior that has a positive impact for the team.
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to staying current in field of knowledge, expanding knowledge and skill, and contributing to organizational success.
  • Displays ability to work in an ever-changing environment and participate constructively in change processes.
  • Attends Interventional Radiology meetings and hospital huddles when present and or requested; completes education program as requested or approved by MRG.

Job Specific

  • Provides appropriate patient care.
  • Obtains patient’s health history that is pertinent to their presenting complaint.
  • Performs physical examination that is appropriate to the presenting complaint and historical data.
  • Obtains the appropriate diagnostic studies necessary to evaluate differential diagnosis.
  • Prescribes the appropriate medications and other treatment modalities within expertise and scope of practice.
  • Provides the appropriate patient and family education regarding treatment and recommendations for follow-up care.
  • Documents assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care in the patient record.
  • Identifies situations that are beyond their expertise as an IR PA or scope of practice and refers to the appropriate Radiologist.
  • Applies sound judgement and skill in emergent situations.
  • May be required to take evening, weekend and holiday call based upon company needs.

Scope of Practice, Principal Duties and Functions
Perform Interventional Radiology Procedures, initial privileges for these procedures requires observation of at least 5 of the listed invasive procedures. Thereafter, the Interventional Radiology Supervising Physician must provide direct supervision and be in the building for IR PA to begin procedure and must authorize each procedure before it begins:

  • Assist with all interventional radiology procedures as directed by IR.
  • Injection, exchange and removal of drainage catheters to include GU and GI drains.
  • Imaging guided thoracentesis and paracentesis.
  • Perform venography and assist with arteriography.
  • PICC placement and repositioning with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance.
  • Placement, repositioning and removal of tunneled and non-tunneled catheters including implanted ports.
  • Perform lumbar puncture and myelography under imaging guidance.
  • Perform biopsy under imaging guidance to include thyroid and lymph node.
  • Perform arthrocentesis and joint injections under imaging guidance.
  • Placement of small bore chest tubes under imaging guidance.

Perform specified Interventional Radiology Procedures after hours. An IR PA may perform specific interventional procedures after hours when supervising physician is no longer in the building but remains immediately available by phone, provided:

  1. The IR PA has performed the procedure under direct supervision the number of times indicated below next to the specific procedure.
  2. The IR PA’s interventional radiologist supervising physician authorizes the procedure before the procedure begins.
    • Injection, exchange and removal of drainage catheters to include GU and GI drains. (25)
    • Imaging guided thoracentesis and paracentesis. (25)
    • PICC placement and repositioning with ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance. (10)
    • Placement, repositioning and removal of tunneled and non-tunneled catheters including implanted ports. (50)
    • Perform lumbar puncture and myelography under imaging guidance. (25)
    • Perform arthrocentesis and joint injections under imaging guidance. (25)
    • Placement of small bore chest tubes under imaging guidance. (10)

Qualifications

Education

  • Current Oregon license as a Physician Assistant with prescriptive privileges
  • Successful completion of an accredited Physician Assistant Program
  • Current BLS certification is required
  • Current Registry R.T.(R) (AART)
  • Maintain hospital privileges/credentialing where IR procedures are performed

Experience

  • Within the 2 previous years have minimum of 1000 hours of practice following completion of training in area of expertise. Hospital-based training programs may be counted towards these hours.
  • For initial appointment, 3 letters of references from persons who are directly familiar with applicant’s clinical work are required; 2 letters must be from physicians.
  • CME of 100 hours is required every 2 years to maintain privileges.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to interpret basic x-rays and lab tests
  • Must have ability to meet the physical demands of this position (see below)

Working Condition Requirements

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, sit
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl
  • Continually required to talk or hear
  • Continually utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, keyboard
  • Occasionally required to lift/push/carry items up to 25 pounds
  • Occasionally work near moving mechanical parts
  • Occasionally work in precarious places
  • Occasionally Continually work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals
  • Occasionally exposure to outside weather conditions
  • Frequently exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens or infectious materials
  • Occasionally loud noise

Thank you for your interest. Please submit your resume via email at recruiting@medfordradiology.com.