The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university\u2019s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service. The position will primarily work with the Orthopaedic Trauma, and Upper Extremity programs, providing support to the physicians for patient care needs. A small amount of time will be allocated (less than 5%) to support Sarcoma 1st Assist in the OR and backup triage support to Sarcoma. This position provides leadership, and guidance in the area of inpatient and outpatient care and clinical support operations for the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. Works in partnership with faculty physicians to provide excellent clinical care and customer service in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Works in conjunction with the Department Chairman, Department Administrator and OHSU leadership to provide services to further the University\u2019s mission and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service and the Department\u2019s/Hospital\u2019s goal of providing effective, efficient care. Provides clinical modeling and education to departmental staff and house staff as outlined.
The Physician's Assistant will provide patient care in the outpatient area for new patient, pre-operative and post-operative care and chronic follow up as determined by the attending physicians. This includes, but is not limited to: Developing patient care plans to ensure continuity of care and enhance quality of Orthopaedic outpatient care; acting as a resource for application of casts as needed to ensure excellent patient care and ensure smooth patient flow during outpatient clinic sessions, managing health care and wound care during acute and chronic phases of Orthopaedic care; preoperative evaluations; coordination of ancillary services, such as radiology; promoting and maintaining health through the use of ancillary services, educational materials and counseling of patients and families; providing same day response to medical advice/prescription phone requests and coordinating patient services with Orthopaedic outpatient staff and other departmental Physician Assistants; promoting a safe environment for patients and adhering to policies regarding patient care and confidentiality to support the mission and goals of OHSU; recognizing emergency or urgent situations and acting immediately and effectively to provide emergency resuscitation and/or treatment; acting as a resource for patient education materials for patients and families; consulting with the Chairman or other faculty to provide up-to-date injury-specific health care information to outpatients; providing high quality customer service to both external and internal customers (patients, referring providers, insurance carriers, internal providers and other OHSU faculty and staff) that meets or exceeds the service standards for the health care industry. This duty includes prompt and professional communication efforts requiring face-to-face customer contact skills, crisis management, use of available information technology, standard compliant processing, flexibility in coverage of internal service needs, and continuous application of process improvement methods and skills.
This position will also provide surgical assist in the OR as needed; developing and implementing, in conjunction with faculty physicians, clinical plans of care and/or protocols for Orthopaedic inpatients with common conditions/diagnoses/procedures; educating the house staff and nursing unit staff on these protocols if requested by provider with the goal of enhancing quality of care, enhancing quality of patient service, and decreasing length of inpatient stay when needed; participating with hospital/unit staff in evaluating results of these protocols and continually improving effectiveness of same; working actively with hospital and unit staff to rapidly develop and implement discharge plans for Orthopaedic inpatients and to address length of stay issues; promoting and maintaining health of Orthopaedic inpatients through the use of ancillary services, educational materials, and counseling of patients and families; providing resident and intern training/education in casting techniques and in utilization of plans to care to improve patient services and outcomes of treatment; providing and/or participating in clinical in-service training and staff educational programs for the inpatient Orthopaedic service; following all customer service standards as outlined above.
As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and r...esearch. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm