Student Health & Wellness Services (SHWS) is one component of the Student Health and Wellbeing section within the Division of Student Affairs. This section stresses the University's commitment to preventive and holistic approaches to wellbeing in support of students and the institution's mission and strategic plan. In addition to Student Health & Wellness Services, this section includes Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Care Center (Basic Needs, CalFresh, Care Management). The mission of Student Health and Wellness Services is to promote students' healthy lifestyles and academic success by providing quality medical, psychological, and wellness services. The department provides ambulatory health care, health education programs, prevention and healing services to students of Cal Poly Pomona.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under guidance of Lead Physician and a practice agreement with the supervising physicians of the student health center, a broad range of functions are required, including diagnosing illnesses, prescribing and administering medical treatments, (including medication abortion services). As a minimum, the performance of the following:
Assume ongoing responsibility for continuity of primary care for a patient from initial contact and presentation. This responsibility will continue as long as a patient is eligible for services.
Obtain patient history, perform physical examinations, order and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests.
Diagnose and treat both acute and chronic disorders.
Establish and maintain accurate and complete medical records.
Consult with or refer to other physicians on the SHS staff or to external specialists as appropriate.
Perform necessary therapeutic procedures within the scope of practice based on education, training and experience.
Recognize situations which require immediate medical attention and initiate life-saving procedures when necessary; notify physician immediately of such patients.
Effectively communicate and interact with patients, families, staff and members of the university community as necessary for patient care and outreach programs.
Some specific responsibilities include: According to approved SHS policies and protocols and under the medical supervision of a physician:
Perform complete history and physical examinations, including women's health exams and cancer screenings.
Diagnose common illness and injuries using the above techniques with ability to distinguish between normal, normal variance, and abnormal findings based upon evaluation of the patient's medical history and physical examination.
Order and interpretation of clinical diagnostic tests as necessary based on education and experience in the further evaluation and diagnosis of common illnesses and injuries.
Interpret test results together with patient's history and physical to assess patient's needs and problems.
Perform collaborative consultation with physicians for more complicated health problems.
Treat illness and injury through prescribing of medication and other modalities as appropriate for patient care.
Collaborate with other health disciplines in providing care and treatment
Provide teaching and education about patient medical and health issues.
Work in Acute Care or act as a back-up clinician to Acute Care when necessary.
Evaluation and treatment of uncomplicated mental health disorders; referral to counseling and psychiatry services as necessary.
Upon request, may lecture to various campus classes on related subjects. Will develop and participate in joint programs with Health Promotion staff regarding health issues. Will participate in the teaching of Family Planning classes. Serves on Student Health committees including a rotation to Quality Management and Improvement; Risk Management; Pharmacy; Laboratory; Health, Safety & Emergency Preparedness; Library; Enhancing Healing & Prevention Services and Enhancing Cultural Competence. Participates in the clinician's peer review program.
Professional Development and Continuing Education
Must attend regular department meetings including All Staff and Clinician/Director meetings. Pursue programs in continuing education applicable to family practice and college health. Keep current in advances in diagnosis and treatment of those medical conditions that are within the scope of practice of a Physician Assistant.
Possession of an academic degree or certificate from an approved college or university based physician assistant medical training program.
Must possess and maintain a valid license to practice as a physician assistant in the state of California, licensing by the Medical Board of California requires passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
Maintain National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification
Possess and maintain a valid DEA number and certificate.
Completion of approved education course in controlled substances
Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certificate.
Must possess sufficient experience to independently perform the scope of practice identified for the position.
Thorough knowledge of medical theories, practices and protocols relative to the scope of practice; thorough knowledge of subject areas such as growth and development, pathophysiology, psychosocial assessment, pharmacology, nutrition, disease management, and the principles of health maintenance; applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to practice as a Physician Assistant; and if assigned lead work direction, general knowledge of effective supervisory principles and practices.
Incumbents must possess the abilities and clinical competence required to work as a licensed Physician Assistant including, but not limited to, the ability to work independently in assigned areas of practice established by the supervising physician; demonstrate clinical competence in eliciting patient histories, conducting examinations, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, assessing patient needs, and making appropriate referrals; use clinical techniques and diagnostic tools; interpret laboratory and other test results; keep current with developments in the medical field pertinent to the incumbent's scope of practice; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other health center staff; be sensitive to and communicate effectively with diverse patients; and, if assigned, provide lead work direction to specified health center support staff.
Three years of progressively responsible experience as a physician assistant.
Must possess sufficient experience to independently perform the scope of practice identified for the position
Experience in college health or a similar patient demographic in an ambulatory setting.
Ability to work independently in assigned specialized area according to broad guidelines and practices established by a physician; ability to conduct diagnostic examinations and to treat both chronic and episodic disorders; ability to assess patient needs and recommend next steps; ability to observe and record unique symptoms and behaviors; ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
Ability to take direction from physicians and supervisors.
Comply with all state and federal mandate medical care.
Individuals who access in-person on- or off-campus University programs or activities are strongly recommended to follow the COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health and to follow any campus safety measures that may be recommended or required by Cal Poly Pomona to decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission or illness and allow the core mission and activities of the campus to continue. The complete text of the policy may be viewed at COVID-19 Vaccinations and Other Safety Measures.
Out of State Work
The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU's mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California's schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU's business operations almost exclusively reside within California. The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/v2/policy/10899725/latest/.
Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment, pending the satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check). The conditional offer of employment may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. In determining the suitability of the candidate for the position, Cal Poly Pomona will give an individualized assessment to any criminal conviction history, considering such factors as the nature, gravity and recency of the conviction, the candidate's conduct, performance or rehabilitation efforts since the conviction and the nature of the job applied for. See policy at https://www.cpp.edu/eoda/employee-labor//documents/employment-policies/hr2017-17.pdf.
Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents.
Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/v2/policy/10927154/latest/.
In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at: https://www.cpp.edu/campus-safety-plan.shtml.
Cal Poly Pomona consistently ranks among the best universities in the country when it comes to quality education, affordability and career prospects for graduates. As an inclusive polytechnic university, we cultivate success through experiential learning, discovery and innovation. U.S News noted Cal Poly Pomona was eighth most diverse among regional universities in the West and tenth most diverse in the nation. Nowhere else can students ride an Arabian horse, practice on a Steinway piano, bring a new product to market, and build a liquid-fueled rocket.