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HJF is seeking a Physician Assistant to support the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) in Fort Benning, GA. Incumbent provides clinical research support and patient care in conjunction with one or more specified research protocols for the IDCRP. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IDCRP.
Research Related Duties: 55% of time
- Serves as an Associate Investigator on clinical research protocols: Interviews and screens patients for protocols and collects appropriate data for recruitment purposes, determining patient eligibility and obtaining informed consent. Educates patients about the protocol, their roles in, the protocols, and any other vital information. Assists research team to identify problems in the research design or analysis methodology and trends in patient reactions to treatment. Collects, organizes, disseminates, and maintains records and data Adheres to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy. Assures that protocol requirements are achieved within Good Clinical Practice. Assists with monitoring audits/visits for protocols.
Patient Care Related Duties: 40% of time
- Performs medical screening examinations. Secures health and medical history from the patient or family member, records findings and makes clinical evaluation. Examines patients and performs initial patient work-up and assessment of patients' care and treatment, and determines the need for and orders laboratory tests, X-rays and other procedures necessary to complete assessment of the patient Makes decisions concerning primary care needs of patients with physicians; works collaboratively with the physician in patient management evaluation and revision of therapeutic plans; and refers extremely or selected complex medical problems to medical management. Diagnoses disease, illness disorder or injury; institutes treatment of patients; and seeks the advice of appropriate physicians for more serious or uncommon conditions. Prescribes for and treats a variety of diseases, disorders and injuries; treats patients returning for routine or directed follow-up and treatment of chronic illnesses previously documented in patients' medical records; writes routine orders on outpatients; perform medical histories; and dictates narrative summaries. Provides a full range of emergency services or crises interventions in the absence of the physician, including lifesaving emergency procedures in order to stabilize a patient within the scope of practice and approved protocols. Able to define unknown conditions and resolve critical problems. Evaluates the primary care aspects of patient care recognizing the need for reassessment by a physician or other staff professionals.
- Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings to recognize early stages of serious physical, emotional or mental problems. Writes prescriptions, orders the administration of medications, dispenses medications and prescribed controlled substance in accordance with approved treatment protocols. Records entries into patient's chart including progress notes, treatment rendered, tests or procedures ordered, and notations of prescriptions or orders, and drugs dispensed or administered in accordance with approved protocols. Provides surveillance of adherence to medical and Primary care practices and procedures to stabilize chronically ill patients; adjusts regimens within established protocols recognizing when to refer the patient to the physician or other primal), care members.
- Schedules patients for appointments and visits.
- Performs other duties as needed.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of health care and patient care; ability to perform office-based procedures; ability to maintain accurate and complete files on patients; knowledge of federal and local regulations and policies pertinent to research involving human subjects; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Minimum Education/Training: Bachelor's degree in health care field; Master's degree preferred. Formal training as a Physician's Assistant and certification as a Physician's Assistant issued by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistant.
Minimum Experience: 4 or more years of experience as a Physician's Assistant.
Physical. Capabilities: Requires long periods of standing; may require lifting and bending to assist patients.
Work Environment: Clinic or hospital environment.
Background: US Citizenship required; ability to obtain a CAC (Common Access Card) clearance required.
HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.