PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - TRANSPLANT
Job Posting #: 912974
Site: Toronto General Hospital
Department: Multi Organ Transplant
Reports to: Sr Clinical Director
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: To commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN compensation policy
Status: Permanent Full-Time
Posted Date: September 28, 2023
Closing Date: Until Filled
*Only for New Graduates as part of the Physician Assistant Career Start Program*
The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Ajmera Transplant Program (ATC) at University Health Network, one of the largest and most comprehensive organ transplant programs in North America. The ATC Program is committed to best practice and developing innovative guidelines and pathways to achieve an evidenced based approach to patient care. There is an active fellowship program and trainees rotate through the Program to learn from the various surgical and medical programs offered.
The Physician Assistant (PA) will be based at the Toronto General Site within the ATC Program. The ATC Program performs over 700 transplants a year including lung, heart, liver, kidney and pancreas/ islet, small bowel transplants.
Working under the direction of the supervising Transplant Attending, and in accordance with the delegated medical act, the principal responsibilities of the PA include utilizing and demonstrating a theoretical knowledge base and an advanced level of clinical competence in caring for Transplant patients. Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to: conducting patient interviews; taking medical histories; performing physical examinations; ordering and interpreting tests; diagnosing and treating illness; performing therapeutic or diagnostic procedures, providing medical orders and prescriptions; and counseling on preventative health care. The PA will work with the supervisor to ensure that all aspects of the care provided are clinically indicated and in keeping with best practice guidelines. Throughout their careers, PAs also take part in quality improvement initiatives, policy development, education, research, health advocacy, professional development, and leadership opportunities.
The PA will function as a vital part of this collaborative team of Physicians, Surgeons, Nurses, Nurse Practioners, Fellows and Allied Health Professionals providing care to Transplant patients in a physician-extender role. Their role will include, but will not be limited to, comprehensive inpatient medical management of transplant patients including assisting with patient admissions and discharges. The PA will have the opportunity to join a team that focuses on improvement and understands the importance of education and training in each member of the team. The PA will be offered training and educational opportunities and will be expected to develop their potential as a leader and teacher in the ATC Program. There is also potential for involvement in many of the research activities.
Successful individual will be required to work 8 to 12 hour shifts (days, evenings, nights) and weekends.
At minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in an accredited Physician Assistant program or recognized equivalent
At minimum, three (3) years practical and related work experience
Must be a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) and/or a American Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Must be a current member of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
Maintain certification and CCPA/PA-C designation by completing the required CPD/CME credits
Eligible to work in Canada/Ontario
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and with respect in an oral and written format with patients, public, colleagues and other health disciplines
Demonstrated ability to perform complete and appropriate clinical assessment and development of a treatment plan in accordance with medical directives
Proficient and appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural skills
Demonstrated effective problem solving and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated and proven ability to work in a collaborative care model with all members of the health care team
Demonstrated ability to perform well in critical and high stress situations
Demonstrated commitment to continuing education activities supporting ongoing professional learning
Demonstrated commitment to patient safety
Demonstrated ability to apply basic computer skills
Experience in a surgical setting preferred
Why join UHN?
In addition to working alongside some of the most talented and inspiring healthcare professionals in the world, UHN offers a wide range of benefits, programs and perks. It is the comprehensiveness of these offerings that makes it a differentiating factor, allowing you to find value where it matters most to you, now and throughout your career at UHN.
Competitive offer packages
- Government organization and a member of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP https://hoopp.com/)
Close access to Transit and UHN shuttle service
A flexible work environment
- Opportunities for development and promotions within a large organization
Additional perks (multiple corporate discounts including: travel, restaurants, parking, phone plans, auto insurance discounts, on-site gyms, etc.)
Current UHN employees must have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, to be eligible for consideration.
Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance. Any information received related to an accommodation will be addressed confidentially.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.