CHOP is hiring Physician Assistants to work in the Inpatient Adolescent and Medical Behavioral Units. Position iterations that will be available are: full-time in adolescent, full-time in MBU, and blended role across adolescent and MBU. Please read below to learn more about these opportunities.
Under the supervision of an attending physician, the Front Line Ordering Clinician (FLOC) Physician Assistant is responsible for the direct care and follow-up of a population of patients that matches his/her scope of practice and skill set. This care is delivered in defined inpatient and hospital-outpatient areas. The components of the role include clinical practice, consultation, professional development, education, and research. The PAs in these roles may be required to have acute/critical care education. The appropriate education will be determined by the scope of the role in a particular practice area. The clinical portion of this role will require increased level of accountability including managing a cohort of high acuity patients. In addition to managing patient care, the FLOC PA may be required to utilize invasive interventions and procedures to promote physiologic stability. The role will also include off-shift responsibility. The off shift rotation schedule may include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays and will be determined by the clinical needs of the practice environment.
CHOP’s Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) is the first pediatric unit of its kind, which brings together a unique collaboration between the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. This 10-bed locked unit, which opened in 2017, serves a special inpatient population comprised of medical patients, behavioral patients, and those with medical and psychiatric needs. The MBU specializes in seeing patients who have both medical and psychiatric disorders that cannot be treated independently. The patients, ages 2 and up, are treated by a multidisciplinary team made up of medical attending, advanced practice providers, nursing staff, attending psychiatrist, psychiatric NP, psychologist, unit social worker, behavior analyst, case manager, child life specialist, therapy services, and other off-floor consulting teams.
The 22-bed Adolescent inpatient unit APP team consists of NPs and PAs that provide 24/7 coverage. The unit sees patients ages 10 and above who are admitted with medical diagnoses, psychiatric emergencies, and/or malnutrition. The interdisciplinary team consists of medical attendings, APPs, residents, nurses, social workers, a consulting behavioral health team, as well as therapists and specialists. APP team members are active in Quality Improvement, Harm Prevention, Evidence Based Practice and Research. A structured orientation curriculum, with ongoing professional development, is available to all APP team members.
To learn more about our Center for Advanced Practice and innovative programs for our APPs, visit https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/center-advanced-practice