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Physician Assistant (per diem)

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: January 2, 2019

Job Description:

Physician Assistant (per diem)

Job Category:

Health and Counseling


Student Health Services

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Open until filled


$61.69 per hour


Campus Site

Background check:

Background check and fingerprinting may be required


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.


Student Health Services (SHS) serves the campus by providing health promotion and medical services to all University of California, Merced students. Services are designed to enable students to get the most from their educational experience, minimizing the impact of illness, injury and emotional distress on their academic career. The SHS coordinates supplemental needs for off-campus care through a network of community specialists and hospitals.

Student Health Services provides a variety of medical services, which are similar to the outpatient care provided in a physicians group practice. These services include primary and urgent/acute care, evaluation and guidance for individual health problems, family planning services, public health prevention programs, and health education.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Physician Assistant per diem provides clinical and educational services in support of the overall operation of the Student Health Center. On behalf of the supervising physician, administers direct medical care, including diagnosis and treatment to patients utilizing written protocols and guidelines. In addition to a written delegation of services agreement, the Physician Assistant per diem shall report to the supervising physician directly or by telephonic or electronic communications. Individuals in this position must reflect a balance and understanding of both patient care needs and efficient operation of the Student Health Center. This position works in collaboration with the Medical Director on issues of professional practice and performance. This position works with the Executive Director on issues of efficiency, patient flow, teamwork, patient satisfaction, student insurance referral compliance and coding/billing accuracy.


In accordance with Standardized Procedures and consistent with community standards and UCM SHS policies and Procedures, provides direct patient primary care.
Takes appropriate health history according to presenting complaint and physical findings including pertinent negatives.
Formulates appropriate disposition and/or treatment plan.
Integrates health education and instruction in health maintenance and disease prevention into practice including guidance in nutrition, risk factors, episodic illness, contraception and self-care.
Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and determines when to collaborate or refer to physician and/or specialist for further evaluation and/or treatment.
Works collaboratively and cooperatively with the health care team in the management of medical, gynecological and urgent conditions.
Consults Medical Director in accordance with a Physician Supervising Agreement.

Records content of all patient encounters within the patient s medical record in the S-O-A-P format when appropriate.
Documents on-going and significant problems on the Problem List.
Maintains an up-to-date Health Summary Sheet.
Documents presence/absence of medication allergies on the Health Summary list and updates section yearly.
Assures the Medical Director reviews and countersigns and dates every PA chart in accordance with law.

Demonstrates a positive, constructive attitude that facilitates the goals and mission of the UCM SHS.
Demonstrates professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity in all interactions with patients and staff regardless of cultural, racial/ethnic background or sexual orientation.
Works collaboratively with Student Health Services staff.

Assists the student health insurance coordinator and SHS administration to ensure the compliance of billing/diagnosis codes to ACA and UCSHIP guidelines. Ensure compliance with UCSHIP referral guidelines other practice and utilization recommendations.

Collaborates in planning, developing, gathering, implementing, and evaluating patient education materials.
Serves as a teacher/resource in the development of other health care workers, individual patients, volunteers, and groups.
Maintains up-to-date Physician Assistant, Furnishing number, DEA and CPR (ACLS, if appropriate) licensing and certification. Provides documentation to SHS.
Develops and maintains area(s) of clinical concentration or specialty that are consistent with SHS needs.
Serves as a resource person for other nursing staff in the enhancement of basic medical practice.
Takes responsibility for own educational needs and keeps current on literature pertinent to ongoing advanced practice. Shares with staff information from research in professional literature.
Attends and participates in staff meetings.
Participates on SHS committees as assigned.
Participates in the development of standards, policies and procedures essential to the delivery of quality medical, nursing, and preventative health care services.
Assists in identifying mid-level practitioner staff educational needs and issues in their practice.
Prepares professional literature to share with other clinical providers and/or appropriate staff.
Contributes to in Quality Assurance activities.
Contributes constructive concerns and/or ideas for improving practice.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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