Alameda Health System AHP Orthopaedic Physician Assistant in Oakland, California

Alameda Health Partners is recruiting a Physician Assistant within the Department of Orthopaedics, Alameda Health System. Alameda Health System is a major public health system and medical training institution headquartered in Oakland, CA. The system has more than 4,500 employees and 1,100 physicians and comprisesthree general acute hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, an inpatient rehabilitation facility, an inpatient psychiatric facility, and four community wellness centers. The Health System is driven by its mission - Caring, Teaching, Healing, Serving All. The heart of its mission is to promote wellness, eliminate disparities, and improve and maintain the health of residents of the diverse communities of Alameda County, regardless of ability to pay.

Job Summary

The Alameda Health Partners Physician Assistant provides healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. The Physician Assistant functions in the role of clinician, consultant, educator, and serves as a resource to the physicians. The position conducts physical examinations, provides treatment, and counsels patients and families which includes related duties as required, e.g., coding and documentation within the existing and future state electronic medical record system. This role also assists in the treatment and care of patients in the Operating Room. He/she will perform surgical assisting under the direct supervision of the primary surgeon. This position has a potential cross functional role that requires am ability to triage and refer patients one of more specialties orthopaedic, neurosurgery, neurology or physical medicine & rehabilitation based on initial patient screening and diagnosis. This position reports to the Chair, Department of Orthopaedics.

Essential Duties

  • Provide orthopaedic specialty health care, consultation, and education of patients.

  • Provider will deliver professional medical services in both hospital and clinic setting as directed.

  • Obtain comprehensive health histories and perform comprehensive physical examination.

  • Perform initial triage and therapy of acutely ill patients according to department guidelines and consult or refer to physician when necessary.

  • Along with other staff members, formulate, initiate and monitor treatment programs for patients with acute minor illnesses and injuries as well as for patients with chronic diseases.

  • Provide follow-up care and appropriate specialty and ancillary referrals for those patients who require it.

  • Chose appropriate treatments and follow-up services, giving individual attention to all families and provide complete information to insure informed consent.

  • Assist the physician in the support, education, discharge planning and follow-up of hospitalized patients and their families.

    Job Specifications


  • Review patients’ medical history to evaluate orthopaedic conditions

  • Properly diagnose and develop treatment plans under the supervision of a Physician

  • Refer patients to other specialists to treat other non-orthopaedic related conditions

  • Advise patients on ways to increase speed of recovery and prevent further injury

  • Compassion towards patients undergoing pain and hardship.

  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Works with the Chair and Physicians to minimize expense and maximize revenue, including but not limited to efficient utilization medically appropriate utilization of surgery, optimizing patient flow in clinic and OR.


  • Completion of accredited Physician Assistant program.

  • Must be registered and licensed to practice as a Certified Physician Assistant in California.

  • Provide a high level of service to both external and internal customers.

  • Exhibit a spirit of team work.

  • Contribute ideas for Department success.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Act in an appropriate and professional manner as defined by the company’s Standards of Behavior, Policy and Procedures, and Scope of Services.

  • Balance clinical needs with efficient operations.

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Principles of organization, management and supervision.

  • Supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff.

  • Thrive in a team that is focused on developing and sustaining a health care delivery system that supports an underserved community.

  • Work closely with the Chair of the Department and other medical staff, partner hospitals, and clinics to assure continuity of care.

  • Work cooperatively and effectively with other AHS managers and staff, other departments, and officials and employees of community agencies.

    Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Activity: Sit: Continuously (more than 2/3 of the work shift)

  • Activity: Stand: Occasionally (up to 1/3 of the work shift)

  • Activity: Walk: Occasionally (up to 1/3 of the work shift)

  • Motion: Bend/Twist: Up to 1/3 of time

  • Motion: Carry/Lift: Up to 1/3 of time

  • Motion: Reach: Up to 1/3 of time

  • Motion: Squat: Up to 1/3 of time

  • Use of Hands (Left/Right): General Motor Function

  • Use of Hands (Left/Right): Precise Motor Function (Or Fine Manipulation)

  • Use of Hands: Repetitive Motion: 1/3 or more of time

  • Weight Lifted/Force Exerted: Up to 25 lbs: Up to 1/3 of time

  • Work Environment: Special visual or auditory requirements including working with a computer terminal.

Alameda Health Partners, Inc. (AHP) is a physician hospital organization established by Alameda Health System to coordinate and support providers in delivering high quality, efficient, value-based care to the patients and communities served by AHS. AHP is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of AHS.

Alameda Health System is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military background.