Tower Health

  • Orthopedic Physician Assistant

    Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
    Requisition ID
    Chestnut Hill Physician Services
    Day shift - with rotation if needed
    Clinic #18 Position H
    Advanced Practitioner
    # of Openings
  • Responsibilities

    The Surgical Physician Assistant works closely with the surgeon in a hands-on capacity, helping the surgeon by handling vital tasks such as prepping the patient for surgery, providing suturing, clamping, removing scar tissue and positioning patients during surgery to ensure a safe operation.


    A Surgical Physician Assistant will be expected to perform different tasks at different medical locations, they are generally trained and certified to perform and be proficient in the following tasks among others:

    • Cauterizing wounds and vessels
    • Packing sponges in body
    • Positioning patient to maintain circulation and access for surgeon
    • Placing clamps and sutures
    • Closing skin with adhesives, sutures or staples etc.
    • Applying direct pressure on veins and tissue
    • Performing or aiding in patient suction, drainage and irrigation
    • Hemostasis: The stopping of excess bleeding and blood flow
    • Immobilizing patients on the operating table

    In addition to the following responsibilities:

    • Contributes to physician's effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range patient care issues that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of action; implementing physician directives.
    • Assesses patient health by interviewing patients; performing physical examinations; obtaining, updating, and studying medical histories.
    • Determines abnormal conditions by administering or ordering diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, electrocardiograms, and laboratory studies; interpreting test results.
    • Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
    • Provides continuity of care by developing and implementing patient management plans.
    • Rounds on patients, discharging patients, and answering calls.



    Graduate of  an accredited physician's assistant master's program.


    On or more years of experience in surgical setting; health promotion, clinical skills, medical teamwork, bedside manner


    Successful completion of Physician Assistant National certifying examination

    Valid license in Pennsylvania as Physician Assistant

    Valid healthcare provider CPR certification.


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