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Chief, Physician Assistant, UPMC Western Maryland, HVI Cardiothoracic Surgery (Cumberland, Maryland)

  • Job ID: 689047013
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday- Friday, Weekend Call
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Western Maryland
  • Department: Open Hrt Phy Pr
  • Location: 12502 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland MD 21502
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour


See what being an Advanced Practice Provider can do for UPMC and what UPMC can do for Advanced Practice Providers – it’s more than just a job!  

UPMC Western Maryland is hiring a Chief, Physician Assistant to support our Heart and Vascular Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery in Cumberland, Maryland.  This leadership role is Monday-Friday with weekend call, rotating 2-3 weeks.

What Can You Bring to UPMC?
• Contribute to UPMC’s mission of Life Changing Medicine
• Set the standards for the level and quality of care for the care delivery team
• Provide patient care activities for a group of patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication and collaboration with all team members.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with physicians, other health care providers, patients and their families, to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the community and to your health care profession

What UPMC Can Do for You:
• A career path that provides you with the right experience to be successful in the position you want to obtain now and, in the future
• Health and welfare benefits like medical, vision, dental, and life and disability, and an exceptional retirement program
• Work life balance to help manage other importance aspects of your life such as: PTO, wellness programs, paid parental leave
• Competitive pay for the work that you do – base pay, merit, and premium pay.

Under the supervision of a surgeon, the Chief Physician Assistant provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services to patients. Obtains medical histories, examines patients, orders and interprets tests, and orders treatments. Assists surgeon as first or second assistant in Operating Room. Provides pre- and post-op care to patients as needed and monitors progress during hospital stay. Serves as a physician extender by gathering the data necessary to implement the surgeon's therapeutic plan. In the role of patient advocate, the Physician Assistant is a confidant, advisor and liaison between patients and physicians. In addition to the Physician Assistant duties, s/he is responsible for the supervision of the practice Physician Assistants. The Chief Physician Assistant ensures all PA staff is trained to perform necessary skills competently. Provides an environment that is conducive to learning and is collaborative.

Special Skills and Abilities Required: 
• Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families
• Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment
• Handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment
• Critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care
• Good clinical judgment
• Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and lead others in application of acceptable standards of practice
• Mobility and visual manual dexterity
• Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients

This position is dependent upon successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges, if applicable to the Business Unit practice


Minimum Education

Bachelors from a Physician Assistant/Surgical Assistant Program (Accredited) required. NCCPA - National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants

                 Required Licenses

[Maryland, United States] Physician Assistants PA - Physician Assistant License (Maryland)


Minimum Work Experience

Previous experience in cardiovascular/thoracic surgery preferred. Three years minimum experience as a Physician Assistant required.

              Required Skills

Must have comprehensive knowledge of pre-existing medical conditions that may affect surgical procedures and a working knowledge of major surgical complication and their treatment. Must have demonstrated competency in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgical procedures and anatomy and the documented ability to harvest all native conduits used for coronary bypass grafting.

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Total Rewards

More than just competitive pay and benefits, UPMC’s Total Rewards package cares for you in all areas of life — because we believe that you’re at your best when receiving the support you need: professional, personal, financial, and more.

Our Values

At UPMC, we’re driven by shared values that guide our work and keep us accountable to one another. Our Values of Quality & Safety, Dignity & Respect, Caring & Listening, Responsibility & Integrity, Excellence & Innovation play a vital role in creating a cohesive, positive experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. Ready to join us? Apply today.

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