MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Asst- Leukemia in Houston, Texas

Physician Asst- Leukemia

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Allied Health at

Leukemia 405400

Requisition #: 109429

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals."

Key Functions

  1. Must be able to independently perform patient care assignments without supervision. He/she must be able to understand and respond to face-to-face and telephone conversations with physicians and other members of the health care team, both within and outside of the institution. He/she must be able to clearly write and/or clearly communicate verbally person-to-person or over the phone.

  2. Have access to all medical records that would normally be available to the physician. Perform and record histories, physical assessments and progress notes that must be signed or countersigned within twenty‑four (24) hours by the supervising physician, as applicable.

  3. Order routine tests appropriate to the services provided under such orders. He/she must also be able to perform simple mathematical computations with and without the assistance of calculators including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

  4. Must be approved and maintain expertise with the performance of bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy procedures as well as lumbar punctures with or without administration of intrathecal chemotherapy. Participate in two different types of rotations in the BMA Center:

· Rotation for Leukemia: This assignment will involve a half-day BMA rotation on the Leukemia BMA template to perform procedures for leukemia patients scheduled or arriving for that half-day rotation.

· Rotation for All Diseases: This assignment will involve a half-day BMA rotation for all scheduled patients regardless of disease. The objective of this rotation is to ensure that all patients unable to be scheduled or covered by their own department’s template will have a mid-level provider available for their procedure.

  1. Administer drugs ordered by direct personal or voice communication by the authorizing physician who shall assume responsibility for the patient's welfare, providing such administration or provision of drugs shall be in compliance with other state and federal laws. Any such verbal order shall be recorded by the Physician Assistant in the medical record and subsequently countersigned by the supervising physician within twenty‑four (24) hours.

  2. Perform routine admission procedures. Input patient information into the computer by typing on a keyboard all information as required. Must be able to visually read information on a video screen and/or on hard copy and prepare printouts of patient information using a computer and printer.

  3. Participate and collaborate on clinical research protocols. Interviews patients and reviews the eligibility criteria to identify potential patients for protocol studies. Schedule and conduct follow‑up appointments as specified by both medical care and research protocol.

  4. Interviews patients for symptoms, side-effects, toxicities, and determines their status pertaining to the investigational aspects of protocols. Calculates drug doses when appropriate. Charts notes. Measures films to monitor disease response. Assesses toxicity, grade and makes handwritten entries onto flow sheet or data base. Assures protocol compliance and assists physicians as necessary. Requires the ability to walk from his/her office to clinic and/or hospital nursing stations and then returning to the office.

  5. Deliver education to patients and their families. Conducts in-service training for clinic and in-house nursing personnel regarding protocol requirements. Acts as liaison with patients, families, physicians, and other personnel.

  6. Participates in education of student Physician Assistants, house officers and medical students. Instructs coworkers in allied positions in recording patient information and/or data entry. May supervise personnel in related activities.

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