Physician Assistant

Staff Name: 
Jeremy L. Davis, M.D.
Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch
Job Category: 
Clinical Trials/Patient Care
Multiple Positions Available: 
Research Area Keywords: 

patient care, clinical trials, surgical oncology 

Position Description: 

The Surgical Oncology section of the Thoracic & Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch is recruiting a Physician Assistant (PA) to support general surgery clinical activities of the Branch.


Complete in-depth documentation through written progress notes, dictation summaries, and communication with referring physicians according to medical record documentation requirements.
Participate in clinical rounds and conferences.
Administer and adjust trial medication under the guidance of a physician.
Explain discharge instructions and medication regimens to patients and follow up with consulting service recommendations. 
Order, perform and interpret basic laboratory diagnostic/treatment tests and procedures.
Perform comprehensive health care assessments by obtaining health and family medical histories.
Complete physical examinations.
Perform clinical data recording and medical chart entries.
Obtain informed consent.
Perform minor surgeries (incisional and excisional biopsies).
Maintain and complete medical records.
Place orders for medications and tests.
Perform retrievals from electronic medical information system.
Distinguish between normal and abnormal findings and determine which findings need further evaluation and/or collaboration assessment.
Develop and implement a plan for care, including appropriate patient/family counseling and education based on in-depth knowledge of the specific patient populations and/or protocols.
Evaluate, modify and revise care plan at appropriate intervals.
Assess acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities.
Assess needs and/or problem areas and plan appropriate therapeutic measures.
Assist in developing, implementing and evaluating medical services policies and practices.
Ensure compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, healthcare standards, governmental laws and regulations, and policies, procedures, and philosophy in nature.
Attend scheduled patient care rounds and didactic lecture sessions of the clinical team to which s/he is assigned. 
Demonstrate expertise in related healthcare, individual initiative, and independent judgment.
Develop patient rapport and provide emotional support in helping patients cope with stress associated with illnesses.
Diagnose and manage common acute or stable chronic health problems, injuries, and illnesses making assessments of acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities.
Dictate admission and discharge summaries.
Interpret and document diagnostic tests and studies related to clinical trial interventions and patient conditions.
Ensure unusual problems are referred to physicians or an administrative supervisor.
Explain the plan of care/discharge needs to the incoming on-call resident as well as the patient's assigned case manager at sign out.
Independently evaluate patients in both the inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. All activities shall be performed in coordination with a government attending physician.
Liaise with Leidos Biomed and various NCI staff to initiate and complete tasks relating to medicine and clinical protocols, and all activities related to nursing.
Maintain a high level of clinical competence in an area of specialty practice integrating the art and science of both nursing and medicine into practice.
Maintain and enhance clinical practice skills by attending/participating in and conducting staff development and continuing education programs.
Medically diagnose common short term or stable chronic health problems, injuries, and illnesses.
Monitor and grade side effects related to a variety of study interventions, including drugs and psychological behaviors.
Practice within boundaries established by the Nurse Practice Act or the State of Maryland and Medical Board of the Clinical Center.
Provide a highly proficient level of professional health care to patients. 
Provide clear communication to the nursing team.
Provide health care maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education and counseling within the boundaries of his/her specialty area of education and clinical preparation (pediatrics, adults, urologic, surgical, etc.).
Review assigned patient resident reports and carry and answer the resident pager.
Provide coverage for the post-call resident’s patients, while working closely with the Inpatient/Fellowship staff. 
Support in-patient and out-patient care of subjects enrolled in experimental protocols and clinical trials.
Work as a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team to provide comprehensive care to patients in a research environment.
Write prescriptions.
Explain the care management/discharge plan to all members of the covering team (inpatient NPs, attendings) at signout.
This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland in support of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR).

Number of Positions: 
C.V. Required: 
Number of References Required: 
Bibliography Required: 
Experience Required: 

A Physician Assistant applicant must be a graduate from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Must have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination. Must be Maryland State Board eligible.

All applicants: Eligibility includes documentation of a pending Maryland license.

Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.

A Maryland license will need to be obtained prior to start of employment.

In addition to the education requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible nurse practitioner or relevant physician assistant experience in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting Direct work experience in oncology research Knowledge of relationships between diseases, health assessment, counseling, diagnostic testing procedures, broad base clinical areas such as pathophysiology, psychosocial theory, pharmacology, and primary medical management practices Ability to conduct studies according to established Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the Clinical Center’s Administrative Policies of the operational clinic Knowledge of prevention, etiology, therapies and new research developments Ability to communicate effectively with patients and health care providers Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. 

How To Apply: 

To apply, send your CV to Joanna Lamot (

Contact Name: 
Joanna Lamot
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