Physician Assistant, Smoking Cessation Program

North Carolina, United States
27 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Duke Smoking Cessation Program’s Physician Assistant provides medical care for adults who require tobacco use treatment. The PA will work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary health care team to provide direct patient care services for patients with the supervision of the Director of the Duke Smoking Cessation Program.

1. Obtain and record details of patient history
2. Perform physical examinations in outpatient setting
3. Perform in-clinic procedures (including spirometry and CO monitoring)
4. Work with behavioral health & social work to address barriers to smoking cessation
5. Prescribe and order appropriate medications, labs, tests and procedures for patients
6. Clinical documentation in Epic system
7. Review of lab and test results from internal and external sources 
8. Participate in research projects conducted by supervising physician
9. Identify & enroll patients for research purposes with Duke Center for Smoking Cessation clinical research team
10. Train new personnel and participate in teaching of medical/physician assistant students


  • List factors that identify the better candidates from a group of people who meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Desire to work with patient population with need or desire to quit smoking.
  • Prior experience working with a smoking cessation program
  • Prior public health research experience, specifically with tobacco use and clinical health outcomes

Requisition Number 401496238
Location Durham
Job Family Level I1
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:
Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant program. A Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree strongly preferred.


  • Experience in addiction treatment strongly preferred. 
  • None required above education/training requirement.


  • Must have current licensure in the state of North Carolina. 
  • BLS required. 
  • National certification as a PA required prior to or within 6 months of employment.

Certified as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) or eligible for certification, including being at least 6 months tobacco free and remaining tobacco free for the duration of employment.

Must be able to work under time pressures in a busy clinic/office environment.
Must be present on site for 8 hour shifts during standard business hours.
Must participate in group activities requiring interpersonal skills & cooperation.
Must work as late person when scheduled or according to business needs.
Must be able to react quickly and immediately respond to emergencies.
Must travel between locations on needed basis.
Must be able to handle multiple assignments, conflicting demands & priorities.
Must maintain attention to detail over extended period of time.
Must be continually aware of variations in changing situations.
Must be able to move throughout office environment throughout day. 
Must be able to lift 15 lbs.
Must be able to push/pull 15 lbs.
Must be able to carry 15 lbs.
Must be able to reach for objects by extending arms.

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