Physician Assistant - Metabolism / Biochemical Genetics

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

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Job Summary

Under the direction of a supervising physician, the Physician Assistant is responsible for the direct care and follow up of a population of patients that match his/her Scope of Practice and skill set. The components of the role include clinical practice, consultation, professional development, education, and research.

Lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) program and General Metabolism Physician Assistant will:

  • Preparation for clinic visits - abstract recent information for new and follow-up patients from CHOP electronic medical records by reviewing consultations and evaluations by each specialist since the patient's last visit to the LSD/Metabolism clinic & interim history supplied by patient or non-CHOP medical staff 
  • Ensure that insurance approval for the clinic visit and tests have been approved (inform the family liaison and social worker) 2 weeks before clinic visit is scheduled 
  • In clinic, obtain updated history from patient. 
  • Preparation of clinic letters within 5 business days of the clinic visit.
  • Coordinate genetic testing, including obtaining insurance authorization, discussion of financial cost with families, sending out sample, ensuring receipt of results
  • Discussion of results with patients and families.
  • Coordinate testing of additional family members as needed.
  • Evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of the prescribed treatment plan.  Using the most current evidence, modifies the plan of care based on the effectiveness of the treatment and the patient/family response to the plan.
  • Answering phone calls from patients
  • Managing patient issues. If a solution is not apparent, seek out the opinion of other experts, but complete the task in a timely manner. If the solution is not able to be completed quickly, keep the patient informed of the status and anticipated completion timeline.
  • Placing orders for labs and imaging studies and providing these orders to the patients with instructions on how to complete them. Call insurance companies for peer to peer discussion/authorization as needed.
  • Ensuring that necessary follow-up care, including imaging studies and appointments with other specialists, are completed by the patient
  • Ensuring patient understanding of the plan determined in clinic.
  • Serve as an educational resource to the patient/family, nursing staff, and provider team. 
  • Order patients’ enzyme replacement therapies
  • Write progress notes for patients receiving their enzyme therapies in day medicine.
  • Complete insurance and pharmaceutical forms and provide statements of medical necessity, etc., as needed for new patients starting ERT, as well as established patients.
  • Organize local meetings about LSDs, including logistics, publicizing/inviting attendees, presentation preparation and obtaining grant funding 
  • Serve as a coordinator for LSD registries as needed: Annual approval for each Registry is required by the IRB. Data entry for each Registry must be done on a regular basis.
  • Participate in scholarly activities including research and education. Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate educational offerings.


Job Responsibilities

  1. Utilizes advanced assessment skills to manage a cohort of patients.  Performs and documents daily assessments.  Collects and analyzes data and formulates a family-centered plan of care. Evaluates and monitors the effectiveness of the prescribed treatment plan. Communicates the plan of care and changes to this plan to the supervising physician.


  1. Performs any needed advanced procedures that are listed in the Scope of Practice document and approved as a part of the credentialing process.
  2. Acts as a consultant to multidisciplinary healthcare team members.
  3. Participates in scholarly activities including research and education. Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate educational offerings.  Participates in the professional development of others and serves as an educational resource to the patient/family, nursing staff and provider team.  Acts as a preceptor and mentor to support the development of physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, students and other health care providers.
  4. Demonstrates a commitment to patient safety by speaking up about safety issues and changing practices to enhance safety.  Shares errors or potential errors through system reporting mechanisms.  Demonstrates shared accountability for safe practice.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations


PA - Physician Assistant (Practice Location)

BLS / PALS / NRP (if applicable)

DEA - if applicable

Required Education and Experience

·Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from an accredited physician assistant program.

  • Minimum years/type of experience determined by division.
  • Pediatrics experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Additional Technical Requirements

·Ability to work in a team setting with multiple responsibilities.  Ability to use computer and electronic medical records effectively.


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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