The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
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 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 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, and patient satisfaction.
CLINICAL CARE •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. •Conducts an appropriate physical exam corresponding to presenting complaint, history, and physical findings. •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. •Counsels and provides emotional support to patients as appropriate. •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.
DOCUMENTATION OF PRACTICE •Maintains professional standards of documentation. •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. •Documents the presence or absence of medication allergies on the Health Summary list and updates section yearly. Completes forms including, but not limited to, work-related injury forms, encounter forms, ancillary forms and urgent care forms. •Assures the Medical Director reviews and countersigns and dates every PA chart in accordance with current law.
ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES •Demonstrates a positive, constructive attitude that facilitates the goals and mission of the UCM SHS. •Adheres to principals of quality, client orients standards. •Demonstrates professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity in all interactions with patients and staff regardless of cultural, racial/ethnic background or sexual orientation. •Refers administrative inquires, patient complaints/concerns to appropriate supervisors. •Knowledgeable of patient rights and responsibilities, rules of confidentiality and patient privacy. •Maintains an understanding of the social and environmental context of health on the college campus. •Implements University and SHS policies and procedures.
LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL GROWTH •As a healthcare practitioner, demonstrates an ability to communicate knowledge both formally and informally. •Collaborates with other disciplines in planning, developing, gathering, implementing, and evaluating patient education materials. •Participates in the orientation of new employees. •Acts as a preceptor providing instruction and guidance in a constructive manner. •Serves in a teaching capacity and resource person for 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. •Demonstrates and supports professionalism in nursing and Physician Assistant practice. •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. •Assists in identifying mid-level practitioner staff educational needs and issues in their practice.
WORK STANDARDS •Assures timely patient care. Keeps pace within appointment system and appropriate pace for drop-in patient load within the limits of available resources and within expected goals of productivity. Contributes to productivity by demonstrating an ability to work efficiently. •Initiates ACLS as appropriate to training and resources. •Demonstrates understanding and consistently follows Universal Precautions including implementation of SHS Blood-borne Pathogen and Infection Control policies. •Demonstrates flexibility in work schedules which may include evening and weekend shift assignment.
• Demonstration of critical thinking and diagnostic skills in clinical decision making.
• Working knowledge of computer software such as: medical record, scheduling database, and word processing. Working knowledge of medications, their actions, use, and side effects.
• Working knowledge of women's and men’s health evaluation and treatment.
• Skill in oral and written communication to meet the needs of a diverse population and student Health Center staff. Physical ability and manual dexterity to perform patient care in the functional areas to which assigned.
• Ability to perform comprehensive physical assessment. Ability to obtain comprehensive health history and psychosocial data.
• Ability to interpret and evaluate diagnostic tests, and distinguish between normal and abnormal findings. Ability to document and assess findings and establish a therapeutic plan of action.
• Ability to coordinate screening and follow-up of communicable diseases.
• Ability to utilize a model of Health Education that promotes wellness and prevention of illness/injury, taking into account the individual’s age, developmental status, ability/disability, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT • California Physician Assistant License. Furnishing License. Successful completion of a Physician Assistant program that conforms to the standards of the Physician Assistant Committee of the Medical Board of California. • DEA Certificate. • Two years of progressively responsible clinical experience. Student health experience preferred.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.