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Physician Assistant - D5 Neurosurgery Department - Temporary Full-time (222253)

Toronto, ON, CA Posted: 8/3/2022 2:12:04 PM

We currently have Temporary Full-Time (until October 2023) opportunity for a Physician Assistant in the D5 Neurosurgery Department at Bayview Campus.

Union: OPAA

Hours of Work: 8 hr shifts Monday to Friday, Flexibility may be required

Summary of Duties

The Neurosurgery Department seeks a certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) to join its well-established Neurosurgery program, to collaborate in the provision of clinical care, and to participate in quality improvement and patient safety processes. There is an existing active physician assistant training program throughout Sunnybrook HSC.

The PA staff is fully integrated into all components of departmental operations. The PA will function under a full set of medical directives, working in collaboration with a team of neurosurgeons, residents, trainees and a nurse practitioner. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic activities.

The successful applicant will provide clinical services for a range of patients including emergency, trauma and elective inpatients under the direct supervision of the Neurosurgery Department attending physicians and dually report to the Neurosurgery Patient Care Manager in the Tory Trauma Program.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform morning rounds on inpatients and bedside procedures following competency verification, attend interprofessional rounds, manage ward patients, assess patients in consultation in the ED and on the wards.
  • Obtain health history as appropriate, including patient demographics, reason for referral, history of the present illness or injury, past medical, surgical, family and psychosocial history, medications, allergies and systems review.
  • Conduct comprehensive physical assessments and interpret findings with a neurosurgical focus.
  • Utilize primary and secondary assessment results to formulate a differential diagnosis and determine if further clinical investigation is required.
  • Order and complete preliminary interpretation of necessary diagnostic tests.
  • Collaborate with the inter-professional neurosurgical team (Interprofessional health team, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Neurosurgery fellow, residents and attendings).
  • Formulate a treatment and management plan based on assessment and investigation results, availability of services and special needs of patient.
  • Optimize discharge planning in an interprofessional team setting.
  • Collaborate with the team on quality and patient safety initiatives.


  • Certified or eligible to be certified through the Physician Assistant’s Certification Council (PACC), National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) will also be considered
  • Membership with the Canadian Association of the Physician Assistants
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in an interprofessional healthcare environment

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume (in one document) quoting 222253 to:

Human Resources
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

To apply, please click "Apply for Position" at the bottom of this page.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Sunnybrook, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); AND have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Hospital’s obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.