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Physician Asst - Interventional Radiology
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Job Description

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention. Our mission also includes education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

Physician Assistants at MD Anderson Cancer Center partner with physicians in achieving excellence in oncology patient care. In 2015, MD Anderson surpassed 300 physician assistants, and that number continues to grow as more departments come to rely on the skills, knowledge and abilities of physician assistants to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to all patients.

The primary purpose of the Physician Assistant (PA) is to provide direct diagnostic and therapeutic patient care. The PA impacts quality of patient care and patient outcomes throughout the care continuum.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of experience in a Physician Assistant role. Prior procedure experience strongly preferred.

Salary range: min - $87,200 - mid - $109,000 max - $130,800


IR Patient Clinical Assessment, Documentation and Management

Completes H&P and pre-procedure assessments specific to the IR procedure. Performs sedation assessment, relevant to institutional/departmental policies, including ASA scoring, airway classification, ECOG scoring, medication management and medical referrals.

Orders and interprets pertinent laboratory and diagnostic studies/imaging.

Prescribes medications, determines pre, intra, and post procedure medical management and writes orders with in their licensed scope of practice.

Assesses pre-procedure medical management issues such as, Peri-procedural Hypertension/Hypotension, Fluids/Electrolytes imbalances (Critical Values), and Unmanaged Diabetes (Insulin Pump, Metformin Management, Hyper/Hypoglycemia).

The IR PA is expected to formulate a management plan with the IR physician and primary team regarding all aspects of peri-procedural management. Demonstrates ability to triage cases appropriately.

Practices within E & M Billing and Compliance regulations and requirements and demonstrates ability to complete appropriate documentation.

Provides clear written and verbal communication.

Patient Education, Post-procedure Follow-up, and Longitudinal Care

Provides detailed procedure education, including specific procedure risks, benefits, alternatives and expected outcomes.

Participates in the informed consent process per institutional policy.

Manages post-procedure care for both outpatients and inpatients to identify any medical management issues, assess for immediate complications and/or identify sedation related events.

Assesses outpatient candidates for discharge, and evaluates extended recovery patients as required.

Inpatient rounding will be performed based on assignment; assessment of inpatients include catheter evaluation and post procedure management of complications and patient education.

Outpatient post procedure longitudinal efforts include coordinating with primary service for subsequent procedures, arranging repeat imaging/labs and establishing follow-up schedule/expectations. Phone and/or in person evaluations are performed to assess for complications, rate/record any adverse events, and ensure appropriate follow-up course is completed.

IR Procedure Knowledge & Participation

Possesses basic knowledge of IR procedure flow in both inpatient and outpatient areas.

Understands the indications for IR procedures, how the procedure is performed, and the specific pre-procedure work-up, risks, and follow-up expectations.

Participates in interventional procedures, performing minor procedures with physician supervision. This will require above average manual dexterity for the use of catheters, guide-wires, syringes and needles to assist in biopsies, fluid/organ drainage, angiograms, and vascular interventional procedures.

The knowledge of sterile techniques will be essential for proper patient preparation.

The use of a radiology lead apron will be necessary in the procedure rooms. No physical limitations as such are permitted. Exposure to radiation will occur and will be controlled in appropriate limits set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). No access to such will be permitted while pregnant.

Participates in the following, (as appropriate) catheter suturing, chest tube removal, and catheter flushing/triaging.


Required: Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program approved by the Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

Preferred: None


Required: None

Preferred: A minimum one year of experience in a PA role. Procedure experience strongly preferred.


Required: PA certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. Licensed by the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State of Texas.

Preferred: None

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

About University of Texas M.D. Anderson

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center once again is the top hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the U.S. News & World Reports annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. This is the fourth time in the past five years that M. D. Anderson has achieved the lead ranking. It has been ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care for 19 years since the survey began. M. D. Anderson specialties earning national rankings also include ear, nose and throat (4); urology (9); and gynecology (16).