Celebrating six decades of Making Cancer History, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center is located in Houston on the sprawling campus of the Texas Medical Center. It is one of
the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research,
education and prevention.
M. D. Anderson was created by the Texas Legislature in 1941 as a component of The University
of Texas System, and the faculty numbers 947 - both M.D.s and Ph.D.s. M. D. Anderson is one of
the nation's original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Act
of 1971 and is one of 39 such centers today.
M. D. Anderson ranks among the nation's top two cancer hospitals in U.S. News & World Reports
'America's Best Hospitals' survey since its inception 13 years ago.
Function: The Physician Assistant provides quality patient care in relation to the patient's
prescribed diagnosis, treatment, age group, development and other identified needs.
Scope: To provide direct medical services to patients within the education, training and
experience of the physician assistant that are delegated by the supervising physician and in
accordance with the policies established by the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and
consistent with the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and existing State laws.
. Must be able to independently initiate monthly assignments without supervision. He/she must
be able to understand and respond to telephone conversations with physicians and other members
of the health care team, both within and outside of the institution. He/she must be able to
clearly write and/or clearly communicate verbally person-to-person or over the phone.
. Have access to all medical records that would normally be available to the physician.
Perform and record histories, physical assessments and progress notes, which must be
countersigned within twenty four (24) hours by the supervising physician.
. Order routine tests appropriate to the services provided under such orders. He/she must also
be able to perform simple mathematical computations with and without the assistance of
calculators including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
. Administer drugs ordered by direct personal or voice communication by the authorizing
physician who shall assume responsibility for the patient's welfare, providing such
administration or provision of drugs shall be in compliance with other state and federal laws.
Any such verbal order shall be recorded by the Physician Assistant in the medical record and
subsequently countersigned by the supervising physician within twenty four (24) hours.
. Perform routine admission procedures. Enter patient information into the computer by typing
on a keyboard all information as required. Must be able to visually read information on a
video screen and/or on hard copy and prepare printouts of patient information using a computer
. Participate and collaborate on clinical research protocols. Interviews patients and reviews
the eligibility criteria to identify potential patients for protocol studies. Schedule and
conduct follow up appointments.
. Interviews patients for symptoms, side affects, toxicities, and determines their status
pertaining to the investigational aspects of protocols. Calculates drug doses when
appropriate. Charts notes. Measures films to monitor disease response. Assesses toxicity,
grade and makes handwritten entries onto flow sheet or database. Assures protocol compliance
and assists physicians as necessary. Requires the ability to walk from his/her office to
clinic and/or hospital nursing stations and then returning to the office.
. Deliver education to patients and their families. Conducts in-service training for clinic
and in-house nursing personnel regarding protocol requirements. Acts as liaison with patients,
families, physicians, and other personnel.
. Participates in education of student Physician Assistants, house officers and medical
students. Instruct co-workers in allied positions in recording patient information and/or data
entry. May supervise personnel in related activities.
The Physician Assistant must be able to retrieve medical records, case reports, and/or
computer printouts (which may weigh ten (10) pounds or greater) from the inpatient unit, from
Medical Records Department or from the clinic record locations and walk with them to patient's
bedsides, to offices and/or to clinic exam rooms and then return them to original locations.
Must be able to stretch, reach, bend and stoop in order to file and retrieve documents from
drawers or shelves. Must be able to access data from upper drawers by standing and lifting
(files up to 3 pounds) or utilizing step stool provided.
Must be able to manage and/or manipulate patients that may require bending, lifting, reaching,
and/or stooping in order to conduct physical examinations and conduct patient care procedures
Demonstrates a service attitude by:
a. Identifying new ways to provide better service to supervisors, peers, external employees,
b. Maintain pleasant demeanor.
c. Following up to make sure that the problem is solved.
Exhibits professional behavior by:
a. Not showing disapproval of dislike of others or their opinions or ideas expressed.
b. Being perceived by others as one who works well with others and who does their job well.
c. Staying outwardly calm, even in unpleasant situations.
d. Maintaining usual demeanor in spite of personal problems or the behavior of others.
Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills as observed by supervisor.
Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills as observed by supervisor. Works effectively with
all employees and departments.
Required: Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program approved by the Council of
Medical Education of the American Medical Association.
Preferred: Three leadership, management and/or supervisory courses.
Required: Must be proficient in the use of all medical and surgical instruments and equipment
required by the work.
Required: PA certification by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician
Assistants. Certification must be obtained within one year in job or separation will result.
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).
MAY BE REQUIRED:
' Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State of Texas.
Failure to maintain licenses/certificates or limited prescriptive authority (if required) will
result in termination of employment.
Patient Care Environment. Increased exposure to carcinogens and infectious disease.
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