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Pain Physician Assistant (PA-C)

Full-Time

Location: Surgery Center

Job Description

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, PS is seeking a full-time Physician Assistant (PA-C) who will primarily support the pain program at NWOS. The employee will see patients in the clinic for consultation and follow up. They may be required to rotate offices based on clinic availability and perceived need of the organization.
The PA-C is responsible for evaluation and management of patients under the supervision of NWOS physicians in clinical and hospital settings functioning as an extension of physicians.

Responsibilities

• Will evaluate and treat patients, order and review diagnostic studies such as X-rays, MRI’s, and EMG’s, prescribe physical therapy, chiropractic and massage treatment and occasionally medications when necessary.
• They will recommend injections or refer for surgery if felt appropriate.
• Ability to perform various diagnostic and therapeutic injections in the clinic often with the use of ultrasound.
• Comfortable with the management of acute pain, but the position will not include management of chronic pain or the prescription of long term opioids.
• The PA-C will be tasked with discussing the purpose, benefits and potential risks and complications of various pain procedures.
• Possess good triage skills and be capable of recognizing the signs and symptoms of potential infections or impending neurologic deficits.
• Thorough understanding of spinal anatomy and conditions including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, myelopathy and radiculopathy.
• Able to read and interpret spinal X-rays, MRI’s and other studies.
• They will assist in clinical backup in an overseeing physician or team of physicians that will be present or readily available whenever the employee is in clinic.
• At various times they may asked to communicate with referring providers, fill out necessary forms and assist in coordinating patient care.
• Present and communicate information obtained in an organized manner so the physician can expeditiously evaluate, examine and outline a medical management plan

Required Skills and Experience

• Candidates must be a graduate from an accredited physician’s assistant program and have a Washington State Physician Assistant license or eligible for licensing.
• Prior experience in the field of orthopedics
• Multi-task oriented individual who has the ability to organize and prioritize tasks. Ability to follow through on own initiative and produce results.
• Ability to establish exceptional relationships with patients and has high patient satisfaction feedback.
• Ability to handle highly confidential information with integrity and discretion.
• Ability to analyze situations, identify problems, implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
• Knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations.

Benefits

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists offers competitive compensation, great health benefits, 401(k), profit sharing, continuing education and many other supplemental benefits.

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