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Lead Neonatal Physician Assistant- Fellowship Program

  • Job ID: 210001UN
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: 51859 UPP18 PEDS Neonatology
  • Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $51.31 to $87.25 / 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! 

University of Pittsburgh Physicians is hiring a full-time Physician Assistant or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner to help support the Neonatology Department. Physician Assistant will assume the program lead role for the Neonatal Physician Assistant Fellowship Program. This program consists of 2-3 fellows per year rotating between Magee Womens’ Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and potentially UPMC Hamot to complete a one-year fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. This role will assist the Medical Director of the Neonatal Physician Assistant Fellowship Program in all areas of the program to include recruitment, credentialing, education, scheduling, and evaluations. 5+ years of experience as a neonatal APP is required.

This position will work between UPMC Magee and Children's Hospital, they will work shifts in the NICU and have designated administrative time to coordinate the Neonatal Physician Assistant Fellowship program. 

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 

The Lead PA-Expert is responsible for providing inpatient care services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This includes evaluation and management of neonatal patients and performing procedures as needed. The Lead PA-Expert is expected to follow established standards and practices when performing these duties. The Lead PA-Expert is responsible to set the standards for the level and quality of care. The Lead PA-Expert has responsibility and accountability for the provision of care through supervision by and collaboration with a physician. The Lead PA-Expert manages and provides patient care activities for a group of patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication and collaboration with all team members. The role of the Lead PA-Expert encompasses leadership, partnership, collaboration and supervision. The Lead PA-Expert establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with physicians, other health care providers, patients and their families, to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. The Lead PA-Expert demonstrates a commitment to the community and to their healthcare profession. The successful candidate will be placed according to years and months of experience for employment purposes.



  • Participates in determining conditions, resources and policies basic to the delivery of high-quality health care of the high-risk newborn.
  • Elicits, records, and interprets a complete health history, including past medical, obstetrical, family and psychosocial aspects.
  • Performs comprehensive physical assessment of the newborn/infant, appropriately orders and accurately interprets laboratory, radiographic and clinical data and communicates significant findings to the health care team (nursing, fellows, faculty and consultant).
  • Discusses and coordinates the plan of care and procedures with the patient's primary nurse, Neonatology Faculty, Fellows and consultants.
  • Maintain clinical competency and keep informed of current trends and developments in neonatal nursing and related medical progress through continuing education and review of the literature.
  • Contributes to the body of medical and nursing knowledge through collaborative and independent research and publication.
  • Initiate emergency evaluation and treatment.
  • Participate in the planning and presentation of continuing education programs for in-house medical and nursing personnel, referral hospital personnel and future RN's and Neonatal CRNP's.
  • Serve as a resource outside the hospital system in areas where his/her expertise can provide a community service.
  • Accurately and comprehensively documents the plan of care and course of management through the interim, discharge, and transfer summaries.
  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care.
  • Regularly performs high level, invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as umbilical line placement, intubation, lumbar puncture, chest tube placement and PICC line insertions as are necessary for the care of the patient. Such procedures are carried out in accordance with established policies, regulatory guidelines and patient safety protocols.
  • Makes appropriate referrals in consultation with the attending physician for medical consultations, supportive services and regulatory reporting of patient safety issues.
  • Participate in Neonatal transports from referral hospital by ground and/or air.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of adult teaching principles (and/or teaching of children as applicable) and applies these when teaching patients, families, students and new staff.
  • Creates an environment of open dialogue, inquiry and continuous improvement by asking for feedback and improving practice.
  • Supports the development of students, new staff and colleagues.
  • Develops internal and external customer relationships (medical staff, employees, patients and parents, payers). Identifies customer needs, develops system to monitor satisfaction, and develops operating plans to address areas of dissatisfaction.
  • Record and dictate interim, discharge, and transfer summaries.
  • Provide support as well as information regarding the infant's condition, progress, and plan for care to parents/family, referring and consulting physician.
  • Serve as a member of Nursing and Medical committees as indicated.Complies with requirements of appropriate regulatory agencies (i.e. OSHA, CLIA, PA Department of Health). Leads and actively participates in hospital, department and unit specific quality improvement efforts
  • Assists the unit director/manager in the implementation and evaluation of departmental programs and services to support strategic and operational plans
  • Plans, implements and maintains a system to motivate staff development, including effective clinical orientation of NNPs and continuing education related to the care of neonates for nurses, NNPs and NNP students
  • Assist the Medical Director with updating, reviewing, and revising as necessary the goals, objectives, and competencies of the Program and potential accreditation process
  • Organize education session to include guest lectures and sit as a proctor for any program testing in collaboration with the medical director of the program
  • Evaluating fellows performance collaboration with the medical director of the program
  • Updating the curriculum in collaboration with the medical director of the program
  •  Selecting applicants for admission to the PA program, recruitment, and recruitment-related actives in collaboration with the medical director of the program
  • Assist in the onboarding and credentialing process.
  • Collaboration and engagement in QI and other scholarly activity
  • Assist in promoting the program.



Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the patients served as specified below. They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles relative to the patient's age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures. Minimum 5 years of experience with 3 years at UPMC.Ability to establish & maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other depts, and patients/families.Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.Exemplary clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care.Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the acceptable standards of practice.Mobility and visual manual dexterity.Considered an expert resource by peers and members of the healthcare team.Demonstrates high potential for management excellence.Successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges.Only required if upper level APP-3. A compendium demonstration of advanced practice professional contributions consisting of at least 3 from the list below OR a compendium as approved by committee: Publication of 4 peer reviewed works, 1 of which must be first authored Evidence of ongoing research Attainment of a non-clinical advanced degree (MBA, MS, Ph.D.) Demonstration of clinical precepting of 1 APP student per calendar year for at least 5 years Membership in Preceptor Academy Must achieve a Solid/Strong/Good rating or higher on annual performance evaluation for consideration and to maintain status annually. Completion of OAPP approved professional contribution. Must have department chair approval.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
National certification, eligible for licensure by Pennsylvania board of nursing, eligible for certification as a CRNP by Pennsylvania state board of nursingCPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire NRP certification listed must meet AAAP standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire.STABLE preferred.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Physician Assistant Certified (NCCPA)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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