Physician Assistant

Arizona, United States
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 
Starting Salary Range: Competitive; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm; Travel and Weekends as needed
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: Arizona 
Department Name:  Center for American IndianAlaskan National Health - CAIANH
Personnel Area: School of Public Health

The Center for American Indian Health seeks a Physician Assistant to work collaboratively within a clinical research team.  Will be responsible for patient care procedures that require specialized training that would otherwise be performed by a physician. Educates patients and families in matters pertaining to health maintenance, disease prevention and appropriate measures in acute and chronic illness.  Direct supervision from appropriate licensed physician as designated.  This position is based in one or more of the Arizona and New Mexico field sites.

The Center has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian tribes to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian people to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities:

  1. Research,
  2. Service, and
  3. Training.

The goals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluate the impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improving health outcomes for Native American families and communities.  Study data results will focus on public health outcomes specific to the approved protocols at the worksite.  

Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform a comprehensive, accurate chart review history and physical including presenting signs and symptoms, and past medical history and interval history.  Recognize differences between normal and abnormal findings. Significant findings are validated or discussed with a physician as appropriate. 
  • Prepare chart documentation for review and counter signature by the physician.  
  • Attend staff meetings to discuss study updates.  Daily informal discussions are held with the physician and other health professionals to plan study participant priorities.
  • Give input for design of research protocols and procedures.
  • Responsible for the conduct of sponsored clinical trials and other research studies including regulatory issues, recruitment and good clinical practice.  
  • Coordinate the implementation of protocols in conjunction with the other staff members.  
  • Oversee daily operations for clinical research protocols in collaboration with other staff.  
  • Responsible to obtain informed consent from study participants.
  • Responsible for collection of research specimens including blood, nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, and urine.
  • Responsible for giving immunizations as needed.
  • Conduct research activities following guidelines for Good Clinical Practices.
  • Remain proficient in the utilization of commonly used clinical protocols and guidelines. 
  • Maintain competencies with the use laboratory and clinical setting instruments and equipment.
  • Participate in the interviewing process of clinical staff.  Makes hiring recommendations.   Can recommend discipline.

Scope of Responsibility:

Working knowledge of the formal and informal policies, procedures and practices necessary to facilitate safe and effective management of acute and chronic illness in potential research study participants.

Decision Making:

Uses professional judgment and assumes complete responsibility for any decisions, their consequences, and results. Prioritizes and organizes work to meet the changing needs of the unit and participant care needs.


To coordinate and make decisions regarding participant eligibility, inclusion and study-based practice.


Develops collaborative relationship with supervising physician determining need and timing of communications.  Exchange routine medical information with appropriate members of the research study team while maintaining patient confidentiality.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree; Certification by the NCCPA or similar national certifying body;
  • Completion of a CAAHEP certified Physician Assistant program.
  • Must be licensed as PA in state where practicing.   

At least one year of related research or clinical experience is desirable.  Experience may be considered in lieu of bachelor's degree, as permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Current CPR certification required.  Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment. 

JHU Equivalency Formula:

30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting, standing and walking for extended period.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. 
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). 
  • Fine motor skills for performing such tasks as giving injections and obtaining specimens. 
  • Gross motor movements for physical assessment of participants. 
  • Visual acuity for near vision. 
  • Good hand/eye coordination. 
  • Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.

Working Conditions:

  • Attention to patient safety, persona safety, and safety of co-workers due to contact with potentially infected body fluids with blood borne pathogens.
  • Ability to travel and float to other sites as needed, including overnight trips for extended days, if needed.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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