• Inpatient Palliative Care Physician Assistant

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 1 month ago(8/31/2019 11:28 AM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


     The Intensive Palliative Care Unit (IPCU) provides intensive palliative care to Dana-Farber’s inpatients who have acute symptom needs necessitating hospitalization.


    The IPCU Physician Assistant (PA) is responsible for providing medical management of those patients admitted to the IPCU for intense symptom management. This includes admitting and discharging patients, ordering and interpreting diagnostic labs and imaging, assessing problems and ordering appropriate interventions, rounding as part of the interdisciplinary team, and participating in any necessary patient and family discussions. The PA must also be willing and able to participate in the education provided to the many learners who visit this team.


    In addition, PAs will provide cross coverage for other solid tumor oncology teams when needed.


     The PA is expected to develop knowledge necessary to care for inpatient oncology patients, as well as developing knowledge in palliative care, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities, and communication skills for working with cancer patients and their families.


    Training will include working on the IPCU with the current PAs, as well as rotations with the Oncology PAs on the Solid Tumor services that this position will also cross cover at times.


    Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills are required. Knowledge of current literature and a commitment to continued learning are also required. 





    A Bachelor’s Degree and successful completion of an AAPA/NCCPA accredited Physician Assistant Studies program are required. Must be NCCPA Certified and licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in Massachusetts.  Must maintain current DEA and Massachusetts Controlled Substance Licenses and complete 100 hours of CME according to national and state regulations during each 2 year period of employment. 



    Physician Assistant I

    • Manages all aspects of patient care in collaboration with his/her supervising MD and care team
    • Examines patients to obtain information about their physical condition
    • Orders and interprets diagnostic test results to obtain pertinent medical information
    • Obtains, compiles, and records patient medical data which may include admission and discharge notes, daily progress notes and results of examinations
    • Prescribes therapy or medications and performs procedures according to DFCI privileges
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all members of the care team and all DF/BW staff.
    • Participates in quality improvement projects and patient safety initiatives
    • Practices in an efficient manner without compromising high level of patient care
    • Works well with and coordinates care amongst attendings, consulting teams, nurses, social worker and other healthcare professionals promoting excellence in patient care
    • Adheres to documentation of notes based on standard practice of program
    • Participates in precepting of students after training completed. May begin earlier or later based on Chief PA or supervising MD recommendation. (Inpatient Chief PAs must approve inpatient PA preceptors. Proctoring may be recommended for PAs who are unable to participate in the PA student preceptor program.)


    Physician Assistant II

    In addition to the duties and responsibilities of the PA I, the PA II also:

    • Works well and coordinates care amongst attendings, consulting teams, nurses, ESAs, business specialists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals promoting excellence in patient care
    • Responds appropriately to difficult situations, personalities, and is able maintain composure and work with all members of healthcare team
    • Acts as a role model to less experienced PAs
    • Displays flexibility and a willingness to adapt to the needs of the program as a whole


    Physician Assistant III

    In addition to the duties and responsibilities of the PA II, the PAI II also:

    • Acts as a role model and clinical leader to less experienced PAs
    • Assists DFCI PA leadership in achieving program management goals



    • Expert knowledge of general medicine and preferable exposure to hematology/oncology and/or inpatient medicine. Ability to incorporate knowledge of general internal medicine and medical complications unique to oncology patients in day to day management of patients will be required.
    • Must be professional, quality driven, and have the proven ability to work well within a cohesive group of peers. Exercises the highest level of professional judgment and will exercise independent originality in solving problems. Strong communication skills and sound judgment.
    • Possesses the maturity and confidence to work closely with clinicians, therapists, and team members across the organization. Ability to build working relationships amongst his/her peers and other team members working with inpatient oncology patients.
    • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing clinical education and training and exhibits expert knowledge of inpatient oncology and general medicine.
    • Able to accept instruction and guidance and assume graded responsibility in complex teamwork, while demonstrating an understanding of procedures, policies and documentation required to facilitate PA compliance with hospital standards of care.
    • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with all members of the care team and all DF/BW staff.


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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