How to write a Physician Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Physician Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Physician Assistant job titles

    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant (2+ Years’ Experience)
    Pediatric Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant (Part-Time)
    Family Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Physician Assistant job summary

Our internal medicine practice needs a Physician Assistant to help cope with our expanding roster of patients. We have four Physicians currently practicing at the clinic as well as one Nurse Practitioner. The Physician Assistant will be responsible for taking over many of our new patients as well as some of our existing patients. We’re looking for a professional who is passionate about internal medicine and conservative care. We focus on encouraging our patients to pursue preventive care, such as wellness check-ups, as well as informing us immediately of changes in symptoms. If this sounds like a match for your style of practice, get in touch.

Physician Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Physician Assistant responsibilities

    Prepare and update patient records through our EHR system and publish test results to our online medical care portal
    Treat patients for internal medicine ailments and order blood work and other tests as needed
    Establish rapport with patients and encourage them to talk with you candidly and frankly
    Provide advice on healthy habits and practices for patients based on their current health status
    Prescribe and refill medications as needed
    Provide referrals to specialists when required
    Assist practice physicians when needed
    Perform physical examinations
    Create treatment plans

Physician Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Physician Assistant skills

    Unrestricted Physician Assistant license required
    2+ years’ experience as a Physician Assistant
    Familiarity with EHR/EMR programs
    Confidence to work independently
    Willingness to take over existing patients as well as take on new patients

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