Physician Assistant, West Shore Urology

Michigan, United States
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Basic Function and Responsibility

Provide medical care and treatment under the direction and responsibility of a physician. See new and follow-up patients and provide intervention that is problem oriented for their urological conditions. Clinical areas include General Urology, Endourology, Female Urology, and Urologic Oncology.

Care will be provided in an Ambulatory Care clinic setting serving adult and pediatric patient populations. Potential to act as first assist in the operating room and potential to act as first call coverage in a rotation.  Primary clinic site: West Shore Urology, Muskegon, Michigan.  Hospital and surgery center locations include: Muskegon Surgery Center, Mercy Hospital, and Hackley Hospital.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under authority of a designated supervising physician, effectively evaluate and manage the care of Urology patients
  • See new and follow-up patients and provide intervention that is problem oriented for their urological conditions
  • Obtain a relevant health and medical history 
  • Perform a physical examination based on age and history 
  • Conduct preventive screening procedures based on age and history 
  • Identify actual and potential health problems and needs 
  • Update and record changes in health status
  • Formulate the appropriate diagnoses based on the history, physical examination, and clinical findings 
  • Identify needs of the individual, family, or community as a result of the evaluation of the collected data
  • Establish priorities and a mutually acceptable plan of care to maximize the health potential of the individual, family, or community. 
  • Order appropriate diagnostic tests and laboratory tests
  • Identify appropriate pharmacologic agents 
  • Identify non-pharmacologic interventions 
  • Develop a client/family education plan
  • Base interventions upon scientific principles, theoretical knowledge, and clinical expertise; individual to the specific situation; and consistent with teaching and learning opportunities. The interventions may include: 
    • conducting and interpreting diagnostic tests 
    • prescribing pharmacologic agents 
    • prescribing non-pharmacologic therapies 
    • providing relevant patient education 
    • making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community agencies
  • Provide education to patients regarding their urologic care including catheter care and intermittent self-catheterization
  • Document care according to Michigan Medicine standards
  • Update patient problem summary list including, medications, diagnoses, allergies, procedures, past medical history, family history, and social history
  • Follow up on ordered diagnostic tests and labs
  • Perform History & Physical Pre-operative Assessments to include: 
    • Brief physical examination 
    • Obtaining surgical consent
    • Detailed review of patient medications
    • Providing pre-surgical teaching/instruction 
    • Addressing patients’ questions and concerns
    • Ordering additional labs and diagnostic testing as needed 
  • Present patients, when appropriate, to the supervising physician and assist in care, treatment, and follow-up as needed
  • Perform and/or assist in office procedures to include post-void residuals, post-operative voiding trials, and other necessary procedures
  • Provide phone consultation/triage for patient concerns and prescription refills.
  • Work independently to see new and return visits under supervision of faculty
  • Work collaboratively with supervising physicians, other midlevel providers, and clinic personnel to successfully deliver high quality care to our Urology patient population
  • Assist in the evaluation and improvement of processes and supplies
  • Analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action and have the responsibility to make independent decisions free from immediate direction within the scope of his/her assignments
  • Maintain flexibility while providing efficient and effective support to providers and patients
  • Act as first assistant in operating room cases.
  • Other duties as assigned 

Supervision Received

Administrative and functional supervision received from West Shore Urology Ambulatory Care Unit Medical Director Administrative time keeping would be performed by Ambulatory Administrative Manager  

Supervision ExercisedNone

Required Qualifications*

  • Current license to practice as a Physician Assistant in the State of Michigan.
  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
  • Satisfactory completion of a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), or one of its predecessor agencies, CAHEA or CAAHEP.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Current DEA registration or eligible for DEA registration
  • ACLS Required

Work Schedule

Hours/Week: 40 hours per week
Primary clinic site: West Shore Urology, Muskegon, Michigan.  
Hospital and surgery center locations include: Muskegon Surgery Center, Mercy Hospital, and Hackley Hospital.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.