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The primary work setting for this position is in the operating room for the majority of the time where the individual will have responsibilities that include first/second assisting duties for assigned Urologic Oncology/Urology robotic/laparoscopic/open cases to facilitate patient care and trainee education.  The ideal candidate should have strong interpersonal talents and technical skills in the operating room. The Urology Physician Assistant exercises autonomy in medical decision making and provides a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to adult Urology patients. This may include managing patients with complex, acute, critical and chronic health conditions. In addition, the individual collects and assists in the interpretation of reports from diagnostic and laboratory tests, radiographic procedures and clinical studies. The position typically analyzes, compares and evaluates various courses of action and has the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities. Under FLSA, incumbents in this position meet the criteria for exempt status.

  • Cases to be assigned by Urologic Oncology faculty
  • Assists attending physician in orientation of new resident/fellow physicians to the service. Confers with attending physicians/relevant trainees and communicates with other care providers/consultants to coordinate clinical care.
  • Streamlines the patient transfer process between levels of care, including communicating specific patient needs to team members. 
  • Participates in quality assurance activities and peer evaluations. Complies with established standards for quality, patient safety and reimbursement. 
  • Utilizes new improvements and/or technologies that relate to job assignment.
  • Performs other related duties and initiatives as deemed necessary in the best interests of patient care. 


Supervision Received:  
Administrative and functional supervision received from Urology Oncology Division Chief,  Ganesh Palapattu, M.D. 


Supervision Exercised: 


Required Qualifications*

  • Satisfactory completion of a Physician Assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), or one of its predecessor agencies, CAHEA or CAAHEP.
  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 
  • Current license to practice as a Physician Assistant in the State of Michigan. 
  • DEA and ACLS or ability to apply for DEA (through UMHS) and take ACLS course upon hire.
  • High level of critical thinking. Ability to prioritize assignments and manage a busy work environment. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organization and problem solving skills.
  • High level of motivation to learn and to participate in activities to improve patient care. 
  • Ability to function independently and as a team member. 
  • Professional appearance and demeanor and possesses excellent customer service skills.

NOTE: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.

NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the credentialing and privileging process

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): 
You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to coordinate clinical care across multiple patient care services and to communicate assertively as a patient advocate. 
  • Demonstrated clinical leadership and experience with coordinating and managing complex and multifaceted procedures
  • Two or more years of experience as a surgical PA.
  • Experience with Urological cases in the operating room.

Work Schedule


Service provides daily OR coverage, Monday thru Friday . 

Individual will primarily work 8 and 10 hr shifts, beginning at 7:30am.  Hours may be flexed based on patient demand. 

Additional Information

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with Physician Assistant opportunities please contact Nurse and Physician Assistant Recruitment at (734) 936-5183 or e-mail For a current listing of all open PA job opportunities at Michigan Medicine, please visit

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.