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  • Under physician supervision, coordinates care of acutely ill post-surgical patients in multiple settings. Specifically, the role requires the clinician to perform advanced diagnostic and therapeutic tasks associated with patients undergoing Thoracic Surgery procedures, including lung transplantation and complex re-operative esophageal surgery.  
  • The clinician will complete detailed histories and physicals and present pertinent data to the medical staff. 
  • Collects and interprets reports from diagnostic lab tests, radiographic procedures, and clinical studies. Orders tests and prescribe medications. 
  • Performs various diagnostic, therapeutic, and minor surgical procedures. 
  • Assists attending physician in orientation of new resident physicians to the service and assists in maintaining continuity of care throughout the Cardiovascular center/University Hospital. Confers with attending physicians and communicates with other care providers/consultants to coordinate clinical care. 
  • Maintains accurate documentation regarding patient status, evaluations, and treatment. 
  • Streamlines the patient transfer process between levels of care, including writing discharge orders and communicating specific patient needs to team members. 
  • Participates in quality assurance activities, peer evaluations and supports research initiatives involving thoracic surgery patients. 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.  Individual may also first assist or provide retraction in the operating room.

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.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to coordinate clinical care ideas 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 projects. 
  • Two or more years of inpatient PA experience on a surgical service.   
  • Experience with and knowledge of current medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical treatment modalities of the post thoracic surgical patient.
  • 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.

Work Schedule

Service provides 24x7 inpatient coverage.  Individual will primarily work nights and weekends. This position will include an occasional day or holiday shift, depending on the staffing needs of the service.  

This position includes a $3.50-$6.00/hour shift premium for evenings/weekends. 

During the orientation and training period, work hours will occur primarily on the day shift.



Additional Information

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

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

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.

Contact 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

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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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