Chief Inpatient Physician Assistant

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.



A Bachelor’s Degree and successful completion of an AAPA/NCCPA accredited Physician Assistant Studies program are required along with three years experience working as a Physician Assistant in an inpatient oncology environment, a least 1 of which is at DFCI. Supervisory experience and teaching experience preferred.  Must be NCCPA Certified and licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in Massachusetts.  Must maintain current DEA and Massachusetts Controlled Substance Licenses and complete 100 hours of CME according to national and state regulations during each 2 year period of employment.  

The Inpatient Chief PA will have both clinical and administrative responsibilities. The list below details administrative duties; clinical duties are the equivalent of a Physician Assistant III. 


In addition to the duties and responsibilities associated with Inpatient Physician Assistants, the Chief Physician Assistant: 

  • Manages schedule and coverage for inpatient services based on established ratios. Collaborates with staff PAs, chief of the day and triage to help ensure plan for overnight admissions prior to leaving for the day.  
  • Establishes a work environment that supports teamwork and a collegial atmosphere. Builds trust and encourages collaboration within and among teams and between departments.  Keeps staff and leadership informed on DF/BWCC business and other information on a regular basis.   
  • Develops and refines tools and processes for effectively tracking and assessing staff performance, including FPPE and OPPE. Works with supervising physicians to identify PAs with performance issues and establish proctoring as appropriate.  Identifies metrics and develops scorecards to track critical performance metrics across all PA teams. 
  • Collaborates with other DF/BWCC Chief PAs to ensure that the proper billing and compliance standards are being followed.   
  • Drives ongoing strategic initiatives and ensures adherence to policies and continuous quality improvement.  Ensures hospital initiatives are meeting leadership defined targets. Serves as liaison to Attendings (both supervising and delegate Attending of record) nursing, RNCC and other support services. Participates as PA program representative on committees as needed. 
  • Reviews and provides feedback to PAs about proper documentation for continuity of care through chart reviews during rounds and off rounds.  Encourages one-on-one follow-up between PAs covering patient during hospital stay. 
  • Actively participates in and facilitates the recruitment and training of PAs.  Reviews applications and participates in interviews.  Establishes training process/methods and weekly/monthly goals with real time follow-up.  
  • Oversees the development of PA special projects roles, including the PA educators and procedure PAs. Provides guidance for PAs pursuing professional development opportunities.  
  • Rounds at least once per week per team and incorporate teaching on rounds. Acts as a resource to PAs during rapid responses and codes; debrief to establish teaching points. 
  • Facilitates meetings to foster communication, collaboration and accountability across all PA teams.  Identifies staffing for next day, reviews census, throughput, and addresses issues for patient coverage. Discusses programmatic/ institute announcements and invites visitors presenting outside work impacting PA program.  Attends weekly Chief meetings. 
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. 



  • Expert knowledge of general medicine and preferable exposure to hematology/oncology and/or inpatient medicine. Ability to incorporating knowledge of general internal medicine and medical complications unique to oncology patients in day to day management of patients will be required. 
  • Must be professional, quality driven, and have the proven ability to work well within a cohesive group of peers. Exercises the highest level of professional judgment and will exercise independent originality in solving problems. Strong communication skills and sound judgment. 
  • Possesses the maturity and confidence to work closely with clinicians, therapists, and team members across the organization. Ability to build working relationships amongst his/her peers and other team members working with inpatient oncology patients. 






Provides direct patient care to adult patients



At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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