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Working As A Physician Extender

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $184,390

    Average Salary

What Does A Physician Extender Do At Cape Cod Hospital

* Perform admission evaluation or admit and manage patients at the request of Cape Cod Hospital primary care, ED or Hospitalist physicians.
* Provide general internal medicine consultative services and treatment for patients in the emergency room that have already been evaluated by an emergency room physician.
* Coordinate care with appropriate specialty physicians.
* Maintain complete and accurate documentation of clinical work performed and timely completion of billing encounter sheets.
* Maintain all necessary certifications and CCH medical staff appointment as an allied health provider.
* Collaborate closely with the attending hospitalist physician.
* The mid-level's scope of practice can never exceed the scope of practice of the immediate physician supervisor.
* Ability to work well under pressure, be patient-focused, work independently, and know when and how to ask for help.
* Maintain professional, cordial and productive working relationships with medical, nursing and ancillary staff.
* Communicate effectively and participate actively on the health care team.
* Comply with CCH Medical Staff Bylaws policies, and Rules and Regulations pertaining to physician extenders, CCHC Human Resources policies, and CCHC Corporate Compliance Policies.
* Consistently provides service excellence to all patients, family members, visitors, volunteers and co-workers in a manner that reflects Cape Cod Healthcare's commitment to CARES: compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service

What Does A Physician Extender Do At Leidos

* Recruits candidates, performs initial assessments and coordinates studies for clinical trials in collaboration with a Principal Investigator (PI) and other members of the team
* Performs assessments by obtaining comprehensive medical histories and performing physical examinations
* Manages patients with complex and difficult multi-system aspects of illness and disease
* Orders, performs and interprets basic laboratory diagnostic/treatment tests and procedures
* Assesses needs and/or problem areas and plans appropriate therapeutic measures
* Distinguishes between normal and abnormal findings and determines which findings need further evaluation and/or collaboration assessment
* Provides continuity-of-care, counsels, supports and educates patients, family members, and staff on matters relating to health and research studies/protocols
* Participates in clinical rounds and meetings/conferences related to study protocols and research
* Prepares progress notes and admission/discharge dictation summary documentation
* Maintains clinical competence in an area of specialty practice, integrating the art and science of both nursing and medicine into practice
* Ensures compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, applicable healthcare standards, governmental laws and regulations, as well as policies, procedures and philosophy in nature
* Records, enters, and retrieves clinical data using a medical informatics system
* Obtains informed consents
* Provides medical on-call services on a rotating schedule
* Explains the care and management/discharge plan to all members of the covering team (inpatient NPs, attendings, etc.) at sign-out
* This position is located at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland

What Does A Physician Extender Do At Munson Healthcare

* 1. Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare.
* Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.
* Promotes personal and patient safety.
* Has basic understanding of Relationship
* Based Care (RBC) principles, meets expectations outlined in Commitment To My Co-workers, and supports RBC unit action plans.
* Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.
* Works as a member of the Urgent Care clinical team to promote, support and provide comprehensive medical care to Urgent Care clients.
* Develops, implements and evaluates plans of care utilizing sound clinical judgment based on assessment of physical, psychological, emotional, societal and environmental needs of the clients.
* Consults with Urgent Care physician in delivery of medical care.
* May also consult with or refer clients to other disciplines.
* Assists individuals to assume responsibility for the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health through the discharge process.
* Adheres to Evaluation and Management Documentation Requirements and completes legible medical records documentation in accordance with established hospital policy.
* Utilizes the current documentation and charting tools ie templates, Dragon or electronic medical record software for documentation as appropriate.
* Performs other duties and responsibilities as

What Does A Physician Extender Do At Cape Cod Hospital

* Perform history and physical examination on general surgical emergency patients upon decision for admission.
* Ensure adequate medical clearance for general surgical pre-op patients by ordering the necessary consultations and testing.
* Serve as surgical first assistant to general surgeon doing elective and emergency surgery.
* Secondary priority will be first assisting for surgical subspecialties such as ENT, Urology, and Gynecology for elective cases will be performed.
* Provide first line general surgical evaluation and treatment for patients in the emergency room that have already been evaluated by an emergency room physician.
* Prepare patients for evaluation and treatment by an attending general surgeon if appropriate.
* Collaborate with general surgical residents to avoid duplication of services.
* Provide services for general surgical inpatients by responding to nurses' calls and expediting discharges, completing documentation, etc. at the request of an attending surgeon as time allows.
* Collaborate with the Hospital Physician Service physicians in coordinating general surgical emergency admissions and medical management of both pre- and post-op patients.
* Coordinate functions with any other surgical PEs to avoid duplication or omission of services.
* Provide post-operative care in local Skilled Nursing Facilities at the request of an attending surgeon including wound debridement, wound care, and education to staff, patient, and family as time allows.
* Collaborate with Chief of General Surgery in coordinating his/her clinical services and defer to his decision regarding clinical priorities and assignment.
* Collaborate with Chief of General Surgery and Chief Medical Officer of CCH on implementing and refining this position and defer to their decisions regarding programmatic and administrative priorities and assignment.
* Maintain complete and accurate documentation of clinical work performed and complete billing encounter sheets on a timely basis.
* Maintain all necessary certifications and CCH medical staff privileges as a surgical PE.
* Collaborate closely with the attending surgeon ("immediate physician supervisor") of the patient to whom he is providing services.
* Such an attending is considered a designee of the supervising physician: Chief of General Surgery.
* The PE's scope of practice is always limited to the scope of practice of the immediate physician supervisor.
* Be able to work well under pressure, be patient-focused, work independently, and know when and how to ask for help.
* Communicate effectively and participate actively on the health care team.
* Comply with CCH Medical Staff By
* Laws and Rules and Regulations, Human Resource policies, and CCHC Corporate compliance policies.
* Consistently provides service excellence to all patients, family members, visitors, volunteers and co-workers in a manner that reflects Cape Cod Healthcare's commitment to CARES: compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service

What Does A Physician Extender Do At Leidos

* Provides clinical care within the UOB in collaboration with physicians and health care professionals
* Performs a comprehensive physical assessment and documents findings in the appropriate format following institutional and protocol standards
* Assesses the general health status of patients through observation and the use of appropriate screening procedures
* Acquires patient data through health history taking that includes family history and significant social information
* Explains the care management/discharge plan to all members of the covering team (inpatient NPs, attendings) at sign-out
* Provides teaching and guidance related to the patient's current state of health and understanding of his/her disease to promote optimal performance
* Coordinates study enrollment, collaborates with nursing staff to provide protocol treatment, and provides follow up care for patients participating in clinical trials
* Assists the Principal Investigator (PI) in assuring informed consent forms have been signed, obtaining written consent for treatment, pharmacokinetics, and assessing patients on the study for complications
* Calculates the dose of and prescribes chemotherapy, investigational agents, medications, intravenous fluids and blood products according to established protocol, institutional, and practice guidelines
* Provides guidance in the management of specific problems for the patient resulting from chemotherapy, immunotherapy or other treatments
* Manages appropriate referrals to other specialists as indicated
* Screens new patient calls and provides phone triage for active patients
* Orders radiological studies, following protocols and patient care guidelines
* Orders and interprets lab studies
* Attends new patient consultations with the patient and family for the purpose of explaining the diagnosis, protocol, and treatment program, and establishing a rapport
* Completes initial and follow up assessments, progress notes and written correspondence to multidisciplinary personnel
* Serves as a clinical liaison to area hospices and/or home care agencies as needed or as appropriate
* Acts as a clinical liaison between inpatient and outpatient nurses in order to provide continuity of care to the hospitalized patient
* Maintains documented evidence of weekly case review with the collaborating physician
* Attends and participates in multidisciplinary meetings
* Practices within boundaries established by the Nurse Practice Act, State of Maryland and Medical Board of the Clinical Center
* Liaises with Leidos Biomed and various NCI staff to initiate and complete tasks relating to medicine and clinical protocols, and all activities related to nursing
* Performs clinical data recording and medical chart entries
* Dictates admission and discharge summaries
* This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland in support of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR

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How To Become A Physician Extender

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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  • Spanish

  • Dakota

  • Greek

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Top Physician Extender Skills

  1. Clinical Tests
  2. Medical Histories
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered preventive care and performed clinical tests.
  • Obtained comprehensive medical histories & conducted extensive physical examinations in a broad patient population (pediatrics to geriatrics).
  • Drive daily clinic operations and patient care in alignment with the overall business strategy.
  • Supervised durable medical equipment inventory and worked in conjunction with representatives to ensure adequate supply of products and insurance accountability.
  • Skilled with computer usage: EMR, Microsoft Office, email etc.

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