Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Physician Assistant - Orthopedics

    Job Title
    Physician Assistant - Orthopedics
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location

    Physician Assistant - Orthopedics: Full Time

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington, D.C. area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.

    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Full-time Physician's Assistant in Orthopedics who will embrace our rich and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 

    Howard University Hospital (HUH) supports a Just Culture to improve patient safety. This atmosphere of accountability promotes the identification of human error (mistake), at-risk behavior (a behavioral choice that increases risk), and reckless behavior (disregard for risk). The goal is to maintain a culture for learning, safe systems, and well-managed behavioral choices.

    The Orthopedic PA is a critical member of the orthopedic surgery team at Howard University Hospital, a teaching hospital, and a Level 1 Trauma Center. This position involves providing direct patient care in a high-volume setting, assisting in surgical procedures, and participating in the training of medical students and residents. The Orthopedic PA will work collaboratively with supervising orthopedic surgeons, nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues.

    The Orthopedic PA:

    • Conduct comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations. Diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions in both the emergency and clinic settings. Order and interpret diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI, and CT scans.
    • Assist in surgical procedures, providing aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other intraoperative technical functions that help surgeons carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.
    • Manage pre-operative and post-operative care, including wound management and postoperative follow-up in the clinic and hospital settings.
    • Participate actively in the trauma team when orthopedic injuries are involved, providing urgent care and stabilization.
    • Instruct and supervise medical students and residents on orthopedic rotation, sharing practical knowledge and clinical skills.
    • Maintain accurate and detailed medical records, documenting all patient interactions, treatments, and procedures according to hospital policy, legal requirements, and Howard University Hospital medical staff bylaws.
    • Work closely with other medical and surgical specialties to coordinate and optimize patient care.
    • Participate in quality improvement initiatives aimed at enhancing patient outcomes and optimizing orthopedic service efficiency.
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered all-inclusive.
    • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics, and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
    • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
    • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
    • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities
    • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
    • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.

    Minimum Requirements Include:

    • Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant from an accredited institution.
    • Previous experience in orthopedics is highly preferred, especially in a trauma center.
    • Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
    • Licensed to practice as a PA in Washington, DC.
    • BLS Certification required
    • ACLS Certification required

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    • Work-life balance
    • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)

    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:
    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 


    Required Skills

    Master's Degree as a Physician Assistant from an accredited instution
    Previous experience in orthopedics is highly preferred, especially in a trauma center.
    Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Phyician Assistants (NCCPA)
    Licensed to practice as a PA in Washington, DC
    CPR/BLS certification required
    ACLS Certification required

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