Advanced Practice Provider (APN or PA), Surgical Oncology
University of Chicago
General surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine focus on a broad range of diseases, including various types of cancer, endocrine disorders, esophageal diseases, bariatric surgical treatment, breast diseases, and more. In treating this wide spectrum of diseases, our surgeons are also trained to use minimally invasive techniques, including robotic and laparoscopic approaches, to ease the patient’s surgical experience. Our surgeons also work in close collaboration with experts across the hospital to ensure each patient receives the care he or she deserves to achieve optimal outcomes. The research endeavors by faculty and investigators in the Section of General Surgery are just as wide and varied as the diseases they treat. In addition to their numerous outcomes-based research projects, our investigators are busy with complex basic science questions that will one day allow physicians to deliver better care to all patients. These scientific endeavors revolve around uncovering the pathophysiology of infections, genomics and physiology of pancreatic cancer, and much more.
About the Department
The Advanced Practice Provider in the Section of General Surgery works collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team in the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology program and participates in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care.
Provides direct patient care for adult patients with acute and/or chronic illnesses in the outpatient setting.
Performs comprehensive histories and physical exams, identifies normal and abnormal findings, including physical, cognitive and psycho-social status.
Orders and interprets laboratory and diagnostic tests.
Develops pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment plans.
Monitors effectiveness of plan of care.
Educates patients on disease and treatment plans.
Performs procedures as trained and appropriately credentialed.
Documents within the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and completes other necessary documents.
Collaborates and/or consults with physicians and other health care providers as appropriate.
Actively participates in program building, and quality measurement and improvement measures.
Provides follow-up/post-op care in the outpatient clinic.
Coordinates preoperative and postoperative planning with primary care providers and anesthesia providers for patients traveling from a distance.
Collaborates with primary care providers, specialty care providers and/or inpatient providers to provide comprehensive patient care.
Performs advanced treatments and/or procedures following verification of competency including but not limited to: administration of chemotherapy orders, paracentesis, pleural taps, tumor biopsies, and other department specific procedures.
Facilitates referral of patients to department appropriate referrals: specialty care, physical therapy, occupational therapy.
Communicates with patients regarding their plan of care.
Performs other related work as needed including cross covering other General Surgery programs.
Evaluates goals and outcomes taking into account the benefit-versus-burden, safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness for the patient, family and the organization.
Develops diagnostic strategies and therapeutic interventions needed to achieve the goals and outcomes of the patient’s plan of care.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree from an accredited school/college.
An advanced degree (or equivalent, if license received prior to July 1, 2001) from an accredited school/college of nursing or completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).
Clinical experience in a related area of specialty.
Licenses and Certifications for Advanced Practice Nurse:
Current Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.
Current Registered Nurse (RN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.
Licenses and Certifications for Physician Assistant:
Current Physician Assistant license/registration in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.
Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) by start date.
Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills.
Ability to conduct physical examinations and health assessments.
Ability to interview and obtain medical information.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.
Strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills.
Cover Letter (required)
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Healthcare & Medical Services
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
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