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Chief Physician Assistant/ Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Boston, MA, USA | Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Principle Duties and Responsibilities

Principle Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct care, counseling, and teaching to a designated patient population in the ambulatory, inpatient, operative, and/or procedural setting

  • Performs complete histories and physical examinations

  • Orders, interprets, and evaluates appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests

  • Develops appropriate plans of care and follow-up based on the outcomes of diagnostic, laboratory, and physical examination findings

  • Orders medications and writes prescriptions according to organizational and regulatory policies and procedures

  • Consistently provides high quality and timely documentation including admission and progress notes, procedure notes, operative notes and discharge summaries

  • Performs bedside procedures as are appropriate to the patient population

  • In some settings, the PA may first assist in the operating room or procedural areas

  • Practices cost effective medicine in an efficient manner, maximizing available resources

  • Discusses patient data with other physicians and professionals as appropriate in a multidisciplinary setting

  • Demonstrates expert clinical judgment skills to function in an independent role

  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the department/division

Non-Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

Management Responsibilities:

  • Maintains the organization, collegiality and professionalism among the staff PAs

  • Teaches, assists, and councils the staff physician assistants to ensure overall compliance with hospital, state, and federal regulations

  • Screens, interviews and hires new staff applicants

  • Completes periodic performance evaluations of the staff physician assistants in conjunction with Supervising MD, including FPPE/OPPE per TJC standards and annual merit reviews


  • Maintains staffing level of PAs within the service; assesses needs and delegation of coverage with department leadership

  • Organizes and manages components of the hiring process, with input from the Division Chief and Medical Directors

  • Ensures all components of credentialing and CME for staff PAs are up to date

  • Develops and implements orientation procedures and training of PAs

  • Completes ninety-day review (FPPE) in conjunction with supervising MD for all new hires

  • Prepares annual salary review and documentation for each PA’s merit raise determination in conjunction with supervising MD and department leadership

  • Ensures scope of practice and privileging documents in addition to prescriptive practice guidelines are accurate and in compliance with state and federal regulations

  • Works with department leadership, Human Resources, and the Director of PA Services to create staff PA job description documents

  • Ensures lease agreements are up to date for all staff PAs

  • Works with the department to ensure annual HealthStream training completion of all staff PAs

  • Maintains files of all PA credentials and works with credentialing committee to maintain standards

  • Works with department leadership/HR to oversee any required coaching, remediation, and/or corrective action of staff PAs

  • Manages PA II requirements for all staff PAs


  • Manages schedules to ensure workweeks are delegated appropriately and distributed/posted in the department/division

  • Mediates scheduling conflicts and organizes time off and time away for the staff physician assistants


  • Assists with quality assurance programs as needed to help implement quality improvement efforts

  • Attends monthly Morbidity and Mortality meetings

  • Participates in hospital committees as needed to help implement strategic efforts

Education & Training:

  • Supervises medical students (MD and/or physician assistant) who do clinical rotations in the department as directed by the attending physician

  • Teaches students, house staff, nurses, technicians and fellows under the direction of the attending physician

  • Provides mentorship and preceptorship to PA students selected from Accredited PA programs

Continuing Education, Research and Quality Assurance:

  • Responsible for the organization of continuing education and teaching exercises for the PA group

  • Organizes the orientation and training of new staff PAs and will assess their competence in collaboration with the Director and supervising physician(s).

  • Organize the group’s participation in research involving planning, performance, and analysis of data, and publications

  • Completes the 100 hours of continuing medical education required during each two-year period of employment and attends internal and external education meetings/reads appropriate professional journals to maintain and enhance skills and clinical competence 

  • Ensures staff PAs complete their 100 hours of CME and educational requirements as necessary

  • Advances managerial /supervisory skills through hospital wide and/or outside training appropriate to deliver optimum patient care.

  • Receives safety reports regarding PAs in their area and will work with Risk Management, Patient Safety, and PA Services to review cases and create plans

Billing & Compliance:

  • Works with Billing Compliance and department leadership to ensure the PAs and Supervising MDs are educated and following proper billing compliance rules and methodology

  • Works with Provider Services to ensure PAs are enrolled and credentialed in the necessary health plans

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Acts as administrative liaison between the hospital, physician and nursing staffs and staff PAs

  • Attends BWH Chief PA and other meetings as requested and implements/enforces hospital policies

  • Presents regularly, as requested, at BWH Chief PA meetings

  • Participates in hospital wide committees as requested by PA Services

  • Attends all staff meetings

  • Writes and implements departmental policies regarding PA practice in conjunction with department leadership

  • Acts as liaison between the clinical and administrative staff





  • The appropriate candidate will have successfully completed a graduate level physician assistant program (Master’s degree) accredited by the Accreditation and Review Committee for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) or such other accrediting agency as may qualify a graduate to sit for the NCCPA certifying examination

  • BS/MS joint programs and those candidates with a BS and PA certificate are eligible, but ONLY for those who graduated BEFORE 1995

  • Must have at least four years of experience practicing as a PA to qualify for the Chief PA position

  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) must be obtained prior to first day of employment

  • Must hold a current valid license or be eligible for licensure as a physician assistant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Must have or eligible for, and maintain, a current DEA registration and Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration

  • Must complete 100 hours of CME according to national and state regulations during each two-year period of employment

  • Must complete the BWH Professionalism Program within three months of date of hire


Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required

  • Must have the ability to work in a high stress, dynamic, busy clinical setting with changing organizational climate

  • Must have the ability to be self-directive and to demonstrate initiative in addressing the responsibilities of the position

  • Must have the ability to utilize appropriate problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Must be energetic and quality driven and have a proven ability to be a productive member of a team dedicated to providing optimal patient care

  • Must be proficient with BWH computer systems as needed to independently perform daily tasks (EMR, Epic preferred)

  • Must maintain the highest degree of professional judgment under the supervision and guidance of a licensed physician

Working Conditions

Work settings may include ambulatory clinics and treatment rooms, inpatient areas, intensive care units, operating rooms, and/or procedural areas.There may be loud noises, noxious odors, and temperature extremes.A large portion of the workday may be spent either standing or walking and the position may require heavy lifting of equipment and patients. 


The PA may be exposed to radiation, potentially infectious bodily fluids, and sharp instruments such as needles and scalpels.Knowledge of Universal Precautions and proper use of surgical sharp instruments may be required.The consequences of contamination from bodily fluids or from being stuck with a sharp instrument include the possibility of physical harm to the employee or others.BWH is a fast paced, dynamic environment with a very large and complex patient volume; exposure to stress in the workplace is expected.


Management Responsibility

The Chief PA will have management responsibility of all staff PAs; refer to the Principle Duties and Responsibilities section for details.


Fiscal Responsibilitiy

The Chief PA will have the following elements of fiscal responsibility:

  • Develops and maintains standardized payroll policies for all staff PAs

  • Maintains a thorough understanding of the payroll process


Plastic Surgery Addendum

The Chief PA for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is an active member of the leadership team, overseeing multiple staff PAs in the ambulatory, inpatient, and intraoperative settings.The Chief PA will work directly with the Division Chief, Sr Administrative Director, and other Division and Department leaders to set and achieve Division objectives.


Examples of work to be driven by Chief PA leadership:

  • Implement clinical intake processes for new patients

  • Review practice coverage models for optimal efficiency/satisfaction/etc.

  • Identify new opportunities for PA-driven revenue generation

  • Establish quality/safety review processes

While the PA can expect a relatively predictable work schedule whenever possible, the PA may be asked to attend meetings outside of standard working hours, and/or provide backup coverage as needed.

Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of change management principles, either through formal education or active participation in prior work experience.

  • High level of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills; ability to make decisions incorporating multiple viewpoints.

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