Physician Assistant

Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch
Job Category: 
Clinical Trials/Patient Care
Multiple Positions Available: 
Research Area Keywords: 

health, physician assistant, diagnostic testing

Position Description: 


Within the Leidos Biomedical Research Inc.’s Clinical Research Directorate, the Clinical Monitoring Research Program (CMRP) provides high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Since its inception in 2001, CMRP’s ability to provide rapid responses, high-quality solutions, and to recruit and retain experts with a variety of backgrounds to meet the growing research portfolios of NCI, NIAID, CC, NHLBI, NIAMS, NCATS, NINDS, and NIMH has led to the considerable expansion of the program and its repertoire of support services. CMRP’s support services are strategically aligned with the program’s mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CMRP services include comprehensive clinical trials, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases a nd conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases. CMRP’s collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.

The Clinical Monitoring Research Program (CMRP) provides comprehensive, dedicated clinical research, nursing and physician support to the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Surgical Oncology section of the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch (TGIB).


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 minor surgeries (incisional and excisional biopsies).

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.

Ensure compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, healthcare standards, governmental laws and regulations, and policies, procedures, and philosophy in nature.

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.

Practice within boundaries established by the Nurse Practice Act or the State of Maryland and Medical Board of the Clinical Center,

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.

Write prescriptions.

This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland.

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To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

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.

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible physician assistant experience in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

A current certification in ACLS and/or BLS.

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 NIH 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.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

Completion of an oncology research training program

Experience in an in-patient setting

Experience in Surgical Oncology

Additional Information: 

Hiring for this position will be through Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, Inc. Leidos Biomedical is the operations and technical support contractor for the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, a federal national laboratory.

Contact Name: 
Sheryl Hollarn
Contact E-mail:

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers