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  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
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Full Job Description


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $6,000 Student Loan Repayment ($3,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Annual Employee Merit Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay


Northwestern Medicine has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant to work in our Cardiac Surgery department located at Palos Hospital. This is a combination of ~50% in patient / ~50% outpatient.

The Physician Assistant reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Physician Assistant will work in collaboration with the surgeons to provide pre and post-op care to the cardiac surgery patient.

Inpatient duties:

Floor duties for the PA include

  • Collect laboratory data, vital signs, and any significant events on postop and preop patients
  • The patient will be evaluated by the PA and a plan will be formulated
  • Round with the surgeon and review the plan in the morning
  • Write all pre and postop notes
  • During the day the PA will follow up on any events with the patients and round with the on-call surgeon at the end of the work day
  • Answer urgent phone calls from cardiac catheterization labs at Palos hospital and facilitate transfers or emergent OR requests
  • Must be available at all times during cardiac catheterization working hours during the week
  • Complete discharges on any patient ready to leave the hospital status post surgery
  • Evaluate and initiate work up for new inpatient consultations
  • Admit patients from outside hospitals or directly from home for evaluation for cardiac surgery
  • Answer service phone with questions/problems regarding inpatients and outpatients

Weekend rounding duties TBD but may include the same duties that hold true during the week which include collecting laboratory data, vital signs, any significant events overnight, evaluating the postop or preop patient, writing a progress note, formulating a plan for the patient for the day, and reviewing that plan with the rounding physician. The PA will also complete any discharges on any patient ready to leave the hospital.

OR duties:

The PA will also have duties in the operating room when not assigned to rounding on patients:

  • First assist with all open heart cases
  • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting on CABG patients

The PA will take rotating call for the OR during the week and on weekends for emergency cardiac surgery cases. Schedule TBD.

Outpatient duties:

  • See postop patients in the outpatient clinic
  • Refill medications and facilitate outpatient orders if needed
  • Debride wounds if needed
  • Schedule surgery for patients who have been seen in the office as new consults and are deemed surgical candidates



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program
  • Current license as a Physician Assistant in the State of Illinois
  • Once licensed may apply for a controlled substance license and DEA number
  • Privileged and credentialed through the NMH Medical Staff Office (MSO)
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation – BLS & ACLS required, issued by the American Heart Association
  • Minimum of two (2) years of PA experience
  • Inpatient experience
  • Surgical experience


  • Cardiac Surgery experience



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