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#104462 (PA) Physician Assistant, Heart Failure/Transplant

Filing Deadline: Wed 4/8/2020

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 3/30/2020 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 4/8/2020. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under the supervision of the attending faculty physician/surgeon, the Physician Assistant (PA) is responsible for the care of heart failure, transplant and mechanical circulatory support (MCS) patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Provides clinical assistance and support in treating and managing patients and acts as a key member of the multidisciplinary heart failure, heart transplant and MCS team. Evaluates patients in all phases of the care continuum, including history and physical, patient preparation, procedures, medical management and post-operative care. Solves complex clinical problems and communicates directly with attending physician, fellows and resident. Acts as consultant and liaison for patients and their families with attending physicians, house staff, social services, care management, transplant office, financial and administrative staff and nursing. Provides teaching to patients, staff, post-acute care partners and community organizations as necessary. Designated expert resource person on the basis of advanced clinical expertise in patient care for heart failure, heart transplant and MCS patients. Assigned more complex cases requiring the use of advanced skills and typically works with greater independence.


  • Must be a graduate from an accredited physician assistant program.

  • California Physician Assistant (PA) license.

  • Current PA Certification from NCCPA.

  • BLS/CPR and ACLS certification at time of hire with commitment to get ART within 6 months of hire date.

  • Clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two (2) years gained through school or work experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with cardiac patients.

  • Ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner.

  • Thorough knowledge of operating room standards and techniques.

  • Proven knowledge necessary for instructing housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in all aspects of surgical care.

  • Thorough knowledge of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for the patients care and well-being.

  • Demonstrated ability to properly counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations.

  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health care personnel. Ability to maintain good working relationships and communications with physicians in-charge, laboratory personnel, and members of the health care team.


  • Heart failure experience.

  • Transplant experience.


  • Must be able to work various hours (including weekends) and locations based on business needs.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges and maintain during employment.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
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La Jolla Medical Center
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Work Schedule:
Days, 10 hour shifts, Monday-Friday with some weekends


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