Critical Care Physician Assistant

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Baltimore, MD

About the Job

Critical Care Physician Assistant – MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, a proud member of MedStar Health, provides many medical and healthcare services to patients and is one of the top 25 community teaching hospitals in the United States.  We are currently recruiting Physician Assistants to build our ICU/CCU team to work alongside our Intensivists. This is an amazing opportunity for Physician Assistants to be part of a new service line of APPs that will provide care in this challenging and rewarding environment which was previously staffed by our residents. Shape your future in health care in the kind of setting that’s right for you. Become part of an organization that welcomes your experience, input and leadership— as a clinician and healthcare expert.


The ideal candidate will have current or previous inpatient experience as well as a strong desire to work in critical care and interested in being part of a new Physician Assistant service line.  This is the PERFECT time to join a team of PA’s providing comprehensive and exceptional care to our critical care patients. 

As a new Physician Assistant at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital you can expect:

  • A competitive salary and a generous sign-on/retention bonus
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid malpractice insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • CME leave and CME allowance
  • Retirement plan – 403-B with % employer match

Job Summary - Performs quality patient care to patients in a critical care unit. Admits patient and participates in daily rounds with intensivist/cardiologist and/or attending physician. Performs advanced procedures in conjunction with the attending physician. These are full-time, 36-hour per week, positions including rotating day/night/weekend 12-hour shifts. 

Minimum Qualifications -

  • Education/Training - Graduation from a Physician Assistant Program accredited by ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant). Bachelors degree; Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience - 1-year inpatient experience or previous health care experience in a critical care setting.
  • License/Certification/Registration - NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) certification. Current license with the Maryland Board of Physicians. Current BLS (Basic LifeSupport)/ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities - Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to function calmly and effectively under pressure; able to rapidly assess a patient condition and lead a multidisciplinary team; hands-on competence with Electronic Medical Records (EMR); manual dexterity required to obtain and maintain credentialing for advanced procedures. Working knowledge of the specialized equipment in the critical care areas. Obtains and maintains credentialing for advanced procedures to include (at a minimum): central venous access, arterial lines, paracentesis and intubation.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities -

  • Acquires and maintains bedside ultrasound skills.
  • Actively co-manages critically ill patients including ventilator management, initiation of vasoactive medications, and management of complex metabolic disorders including shock syndromes, bleeding, sepsis, postoperative patients, cardiac disorders and acute kidney injury.
  • Assesses and responds to diagnostic test results in a timely fashion.
  • Assists intensivists with triage of patients to critical care units.
  • Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
  • Effectively communicates with the intensivist when patient status changes.
  • Initiates routine medication, diagnostic, and therapeutic orders.
  • Leads/participates in Rapid Response Team, Stroke Response Team, Code Team and holds debrief after each event, serving as the initial primary provider when attending to emergent patient needs on the medical/surgical floors and during off hours in the ICU in the absence of the critical care attending.
  • Obtains accurate history and physical, reviews medical records, develops and executes assessment and plan in conjunction with attending physician.
  • Participates in daily multidisciplinary rounds and modifying daily plan of care.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Performs life saving procedures as appropriate. Initiates ACLS protocols.
  • Performs advanced procedures outside of the critical care unit as required for patient safety.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs procedures to include (at a minimum): central venous access, arterial lines, paracentesis, thoracentesis and intubation.
  • Provides education and training for students, new graduates and colleagues.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.