JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street • Tupelo, MS 38804
email@example.com H: 662-555-5555 • C: 662-444-4444
ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Outstanding and awarded orthopedic Physician Assistant committed to providing exceptional care as an integral member
of the orthopedic service trauma care team. Background includes comprehensive combat/non-combat casualty care in
outpatient, inpatient, ICU, and surgical environments; surgical first assist in trauma and sports medicine cases. Practiced
in providing comprehensive history and physical examinations, ordering and interpreting labs and radiographic studies,
and determining need for surgical intervention. Successfully review orthopedic consultations for general orthopedics,
hand surgery, and podiatry for 350,000 beneficiaries across the catchment area. Seasoned leader with expertise in surgical
scheduling and management of cast room and brace shop personnel and services.
Key areas of expertise:
Surgical First Assist Orthopedics Process Improvements
Medical Evaluation/Admission Trauma Care Call Center Algorithms
Labs Interpretation/Radiographic Studies Inpatient/Outpatient Streamlined Appointing System
Comprehensive History/Physical Examinations Sports Medicine Performance Management
Orthopedic Physician Assistant, 20xx to Present | ABC Hospital, Tupelo, MS
Lead a top team of five technicians and five physician assistants at Mississippi’s largest Regional Medical Center, with an
Echelon IV Trauma Center. Provide exceptional inpatient and outpatient care in two separate areas within the medical
center; evaluate and admit patients. Provide patient care in outpatient, inpatient, ICU, and surgical environments as a key
member of orthopedic service trauma care team and serve as surgical first assist in trauma and sports medicine cases. Utilize
extensive leadership experience to manage scheduling, cast room, and brace shop personnel and services.
Managed administrative functions and scheduling for six physicians assistants. Monitored personnel to ensure top
performance. Streamlined desk operations by dividing patient check in between the main clinic and cast rooms.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant, 20xx to 20xx | BCD Medical Center, Tupelo, MS
Supervised three technicians and provided orthopedic and sports medicine care in an acute, outpatient, and perioperative
environment. Served as first assist for sports medicine cases. Collected medical histories, performed physical
examinations, and ordered and interpreted diagnostic studies. Effectively formulated treatment plans, wrote
temporary/permanent profiles, prescribed medications, casts, orthotics, and braces, and served as first call for acute
injuries. Provided comprehensive training to cast technicians. Documented patient care using CHCS I and AHLTA.
Created patient education post-operative handout materials.
Maximized the patient appointing and radiograph study ordering systems to ensure receipt of studies prior to arrival
at the medical center; collaborated with the Director or Healthcare to streamline processes.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant, 20xx to 20xx | CDE Healthcare, Tupelo, MS
Participated in physician assistant training in orthopedics. Gained expertise in surgical first assist, extensor tendon repairs,
wound evaluation, treatment, basic fracture evaluation, reductions, follow-up care, and general orthopedic evaluations of
chronic problems. Served as first responder to Emergency Department and wards for orthopedic consultations.
Earned the Orthopedic Physician Assistant Certification after completing one year of comprehensive training.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, University of XYZ, 20xx, GPA: 3.6
Bachelor of Science, Behavior Science, XYZ University, 20xx, GPA: 3.8
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Family Medicine, University of XYZ, 20xx, GPA: 4.0
NCCPA, Orthopedic Physician Assistant, ABLS, ACLS, BLS
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