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Physician Assistant - Colon & Rectal Surgery - Oncology

Company: The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Cent
Location: Houston
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

Physician Assistant - Colon & Rectal SurgeryPhysician Assistant - Colon & Rectal Surgery

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The position is primarily designated for inpatient clinical responsibilities in a Colorectal Surgery Clinic. The ideal candidate will have current or recent Surgery and/or Oncology experience. Open to new graduates. Must be open to traveling to our Houston Area Locations (HALs).


Direct Clinical/Patient Care. Provide, assist and promote exceptional care of colorectal surgical patients in the Outpatient Service and Operating Room with direct and indirect care. Two years of first-assist experience is preferred.

Scope: Primary involvement will be with colorectal surgical cancer patients in the Inpatient care and Operating Room.


Surgical first-assist, requiring above-average manual dexterity for appropriate surgical performance. The use of a scalpel, electric knife, surgical instruments, sterile technique, and compliance with operating room rules and regulations are necessary. Trained observational skills are critical.

Obtain history and physical examinations for peri-operative care of colorectal surgical cancer patients. Formulate an assessment and plan; order and interpret appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic tests in coordination with faculty Supervising Physician.

Manage pre-operative and post-operative patients in coordination with the Faculty supervising physician. Possess an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of both cancer as well as the surgical process and wound healing as necessary.

Perform minor surgical procedures which may include wound debridement, suture/staple removal, drain placement or removal, seroma evacuation, biopsies, and other procedures as delegated by the Supervising Physician.

Foster and support a positive, inclusive, patient-centered, team-oriented environment.

Motivated and able to initiate, develop and maintain professional relationships and networks. Work together with nursing and clinical administrative staff to facilitate effective patient care.

Possess above-average verbal and written communication skills required to communicate with all members of the patient care team including faculty, trainees, clinic-based APPs, operating room staff, inpatient and ambulatory hospital staff as well as departmental and institutional administrative staff.

Understanding of, and/or willingness to learn, One-Connect electronic medical record system.

Effectively communicate with patient-specific reviews of procedure, exam findings, post-operative care, anticipatory guidance and education. This requires excellent interpersonal skills, an appreciation of language and cultural differences, as well as a clear, strong voice and good command of the English language.


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



* 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).

May be required:

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

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

* Requisition ID: 168423
* Employment Status: Full-Time
* Employee Status: Regular
* Work Week: Days
* Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 115,000
* Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 144,000
* Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 173,000
* FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
* Fund Type: Hard
* Work Location: Onsite
* Pivotal Position: Yes
* Referral Bonus Available?: Yes
* Relocation Assistance Available?: Yes
* Science Jobs: No


Keywords: The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Cent, Houston , Physician Assistant - Colon & Rectal Surgery - Oncology, Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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