Jan 14, 2022

Physician Assistant ONLY - Orthopaedics, Full-time, Days

  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Sycamore, IL, USA

Job Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


Northwestern Medicine has an exciting opportunity for a Physician Assistant to work in our Orthopaedics department. This position is mostly outpatient, however, some inpatient rounding required. The PA will have OR experience (skilled at closing hip/knee wounds in the OR), can diagnosis MSK conditions (hip/knee/back) in office, hospital, and ED setting. US guided hip/knee injections, hospital rounding. Practice has 8 orthopedic surgeons, 2 podiatrists, 2 PM&R, 1 rheumatologist, 1 chiro, and 1 PA.

Shift: M-F, office hours: 8 am-5 pm; surgery hours: 7:30 am-cases are complete.

On-call: 1 holiday call per year, 9 weekends of call per year, 33 evening calls per year. This fluctuates but is typically 10-11 days each period and 2-3 weekends each period. Periods are Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sep-Dec. Holiday changes every year.

Essential Functions:

Demonstrates clinical expertise and expanded knowledge through patient care activities which may include diagnosis and management of a wide range of health problems. Responsible for health outcome of an assigned patient population. Confers with collaborating physician and other health professionals in area of clinical expertise. Develops appropriate educational systems for patients, families and staff in areas of expertise. Mentors graduate students in aspects of advanced practice and patient care. Actively participates in quality improvement and/or research pertinent to area of expertise.


Conducts comprehensive appraisals of patients' health status by taking health histories and performing physical examinations in clinical area. Provides direct clinical care to patients. Prescribes/orders medications, therapies; orders/interprets laboratory tests, x-rays and procedures according to clinical privileges. Evaluates patients to determine their need for further health care. Provides comprehensive teaching to patients and families. Documents in the medical record all care and education provided and/or procedures performed for which the Licensed Advanced Practice Provider is responsible. Refers to other disciplines as appropriate. Consultant to other disciplines in areas of expertise. Integrates research based knowledge and clinical expertise in decision making. Exemplifies a professional image in appearance, manner and presentation. Advocate for patients, families, coworkers, and the community. Maintains certifications and continuing education as required for licensure and privileging. Serves as a patient advocate and role model for "Patients First". Participates in unit/departmental/divisional or hospital committees/task forces as appropriate. Provides comprehensive teaching strategies for patients and their families. Develops and participates in programs to meet continuing education needs of staff. Serves as a role model and preceptor to students. Provides formal education to both internal and external groups pertinent to area of specialty. Participates in quality improvement and/or research initiatives for specific patient population as appropriate.



  • Master's degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program
  • Current license as a Physician Assistant in the State of Illinois
  • Once licensed may apply for a controlled substance license and DEA number
  • Privileged and credentialed through the NMH Medical Staff Office (MSO)
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation – BLS, issued by the American Heart Association
  • New grads accepted, but must have a rotation in orthopaedics

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.