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Job Req ID:  59711

Physician Assistant

The Department of Oncology seeks a Physician Assistant to provide outpatient clinical and research support to the Hematologic Malignancies Division. Works collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary health team and provides comprehensive and age appropriate care to well and ill patients. Educates patients and families and intervenes in acute or chronic illness.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Patient Care:

  • Provides comprehensive, age appropriate, and episodic care to patients.
  • Obtains patient history; performs patient care and physical examinations; prepares patient summaries; develops care/treatment plan; attends out-patient clinics and assists with patient management.   
  • Develops care/treatment plan.
  • Provides information to staff regarding patient's care plan and condition.
  • Consistently develops effective care/treatment plan for assigned patients according to established protocols and procedures.
  • Regularly confers and consults with appropriate supervisory physician and/or other pertinent professionals before implementing treatment plan.
  • Consistently structures all patient care plans to meet educational, physical and social needs appropriate to the patient's age.
  • Consistently provides relevant patient care information to the appropriate staff member according to department guidelines.
  • Follows daily progress of post-transplant patients in the immediate transplant phase, including history and physical exam, ordering, performing, and interpreting laboratory and radiological data and establishing and implementing a plan of care based on those interpretations and observations.  Makes referrals to appropriate specialties.
  • Follows long term progress of transplant patients including history and physical examination, orders and interprets re-staging tests, and assesses status.
  • Observes for evidence of long term effects of transplantation including infection, toxicity, engraftment, Graft-Versus-Host Disease.
  • Provides education to patient and family members regarding diagnosis, complications, treatment and medications in order to provide them with continuous information.



  •   Performs routine laboratory procedures such as cultures, smears, venipuncture, and electrocardiograms.
  •   Performs advanced procedures such as bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, skin biopsy, lumbar puncture, and other procedures as necessary, including paracentesis and thoracentesis. 


Provides Emergency Care:

  •   Maintains CPR certification.
  •   Maintains airway, breathing, and circulation.
  •   Starts and provides basic CPR.
  •   Orders and administers anti-anaphylactic and supportive medications.


Prescribes Drugs:

  •   Prescribes medications, including oral, parenteral, intramuscular, or subcutaneous drugs.


Research Coordination:

  • Works with specific protocols to ensure that all protocol driven tests, examinations, and procedures are ordered, performed and evaluated and data is retrieved, entered on appropriate forms.
  • Coordinates scheduling, orders appropriate tests, evaluates results, records data, performs patient evaluations and participates in care of patients on specific protocols regarding specific disease entities and treatment.
  • Works in collaboration with the Principal Investigators of specific protocols to ensure the completeness of protocol requirements.


Educational Responsibilities:

  • Develops expertise and expands knowledge in specific areas and shares that knowledge and expertise with colleagues as consultant in planning care for patients. Participates in rounds and meetings for consultation
  • Supervises and evaluates student/patient interactions in an academic setting.  Assumes responsibility for patient care as provided by the student.
  • Performs oncology related procedures, such as bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, lumbar puncture, bone marrow harvest, and other procedures as called upon within the scope of practice.


Fiscal Responsibility:

  •  Assumes fiscal responsibility with working knowledge of evidence based medical model.
  • Effectively uses resources of the patient and the institution.
  • Adheres to specific capitations and limitations of the patient’s insurances while organizing and optimizing individualized care based on the disease state and restraints imposed by the HMO or insurances.
  • Utilizes referrals to Home Health in order to provide optimum care in the appropriate setting.
  • Has knowledge of and utilizes all available resources in the event that the patient’s resources are limited or unavailable in order to provide medical care and social well-being.



Works in collaboration with the physician and realizes and is able to detect those deviations from normalcy or from established protocols which require consultation and/or referral to appropriate specialty areas including physicians, nutrition, psycho-social, and other resources.


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 of Maryland or other state where practicing.  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.  Completion of the JHH credentialing process is required prior to start date.   


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. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education required for the respective job.


Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced clinical skills in specialty area or equivalent.
  • Research knowledge, including interpretation, utilization, and conduc.
  • General computer knowledge and capability to use computer.
  • Ability to incorporate into practice theoretical concepts and advanced clinical skills with patients, families, and interdisciplinary health care team members.
  • Analytical ability necessary to diagnose patients illnesses and to develop and implement plans of action for long and short term management of acute and chronic health care.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with al members of the interdisciplinary health care team to enhance collaboration and problem solving.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in order to provide information to patients and health care personnel.
  • Ability to function effectively in a fluid, dynamic, and rapidly changing environment.


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).  Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.


Classified Title: Physician Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 
Starting Salary Range: Competitive; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department Name:  Oncology, Hematologic Malignancies 

Personnel Area: School of Medicine


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.


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