Physician Assistant Anesthesia Assessment Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston, TX

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Description – Overview The primary purpose of the Physician Assistant position is to positively affect patient outcomes by providing, coordinating, and supporting evidence based direct patient care across the continuum of care. The highest quality of patient care and the appropriate use of resources is achieved in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.


Outpatient Activities (Primary)

- Performs comprehensive medical exams for patients scheduled to undergo procedures requiring anesthesia
- Performs anesthetic risk assessments, i.e. post-op nausea and vomiting, sleep apnea and difficult airway
- Orders and reviews labs and other ancillary tests required for patient optimization
- Works autonomously and collaborates with other members of healthcare team
- Instructs and counsels patients in order to carry out Perioperative care
- Conducts telephone assessments
- Assists with the management of unscheduled patient visits
- Assists with the management of emergency patient consults
- Coordinates the scheduling of special procedures and consults
- Performs clinical triaging and fast track clinic duties
- Actively participates in patient education and performance improvement projects

Inpatient Activities (Secondary)

-Assesses all scheduled and emergent cases for surgery and enters findings in PICIS system
-Consults with primary team, surgical team, and staff Anesthesiologists to ensure patient optimization prior to surgical procedure
- Orders and reviews labs and other ancillary tests prior to surgery
Continuing Education

- Secure physician assistant certification by achieving the required number of CME hours as stipulated by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
-Attends available continuing medical education opportunities
- Attends department conferences as scheduled

Clinical Research

Participate in clinical research by completing database forms, visually reviewing medical records for information and verbally questioning patients/families for information. Collaborate with the medical staff, research nurses and other health professionals to complete research initiatives. May perform chart reviews.

Working Conditions

The job is demanding and requires a high degree of commitment. Physician assistant work hours, like doctors, are variable depending upon patient needs and may be without a scheduled break. Physician assistants must be able to communicate well with patients and other health-care workers. Work is performed both sitting and standing.

This position requires:
Working in Office Environment __X____ No ______ Yes
Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic) ______ No ___X___ Yes
Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues ______ No ___X___ Yes
Exposure to harmful chemicals ______ No __X____ Yes
Exposure to radiation ______ No ___X___ Yes
Exposure to animals ___X___ No ______ Yes

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:
Time Spent
0% Occasionally
1-33% Frequently
34-66% Continuously
Standing X
Walking X
Sitting X
Reaching X
Up to 10 lbs X
10lbs to 50 lbs X
More than 50 lbs X
Up to 10 lbs X
10lbs to 50 lbs X
More than 50 lbs X
Use computer/keyboard X

Job Description-Requirements EDUCATION:

Required: Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program approved by the Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association.


Required: None.

Preferred: Two to four years relevant clinical experience.


Required: All of the following:
PA certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.
Licensed by the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners.
Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) OR Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State of Texas.

Patient care environment.

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