physician assistant resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Summary of Qualifications
  • Highly motivated and seasoned Physician Assistant (PA) with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree and 23-years of experience as a clinical physician assistant in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  • Proven clinical expertise in the surveillance and assessment of a variety of environmental exposures, military and otherwise.
  • Progressive leadership assignments allowing for autonomous control of the planning, organizing, and directing of VA Pittsburgh's Environmental Health Registry program.
  • Analyzed organizational processes and systems and implemented solutions to improve both Veteran access, as well as, performance metrics for both VA Pittsburgh and VISN 04 Registry programs.
  • Adept at identifying areas of improvement and adjusting policies and procedures accordingly. Examples include standardizing Registry templates and follow up letters, formulating scripting for outreach efforts, and advising and approving standard operating procedures for scheduling and consult management
  • Designed and implemented a robust and well-regarded Environmental Health Registry program.
  • Consistently demonstrate excellent rapport with Veterans and all levels of staff allowing for effective navigation of organizational hurdles to ensure the best outcomes possible.
  • Conducted numerous peer chart reviews as requested by supervisor to ensure quality assurance and compliance with policies and procedures.
  • As the facility lead environmental health clinician and coordinator, routinely interpret Directives and other regulatory guidance to develop and implement policies and procedures for a compliant and productive Environmental Health Registry program.
  • Awarded I Care Award by supervisor in recognition of service to our veterans and to our department.
  • Design and implementation of a specialty Environmental Health consult in CPRS to allow for collaborative care of the veterans across multiple service-lines at VA Pittsburgh.
  • Serving as VA Pittsburgh's subject matter expert for military-related environmental exposure concerns, both deployment and in garrison-related; Perceived as the "go to" person at VA Pittsburgh regarding military-related environmental exposures and long-term health impacts. Work collaboratively with multiple service lines, including primary care, hematology/oncology, Thoracic surgery, cardiology, ENT, social work, and TBI clinics.
  • Invited to present to my peers on multiple occasions regarding VA's Environmental Health Registries, as well as, military-related environmental exposures and long-term health impacts.
  • Appointed temporary assignment to VISN 04 to assist with Airborne Hazards Open Burn Pit Registry evaluations.
  • Consistently ranked top VISN performer and exceed both VISN04 and National metrics regarding completion ratios for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit registry examinations
  • planned and executed the implementation of telehealth services prior to the pandemic which allowed for minimal, if any, disruptions of Environmental Health Registry services during COVID-related shut down
  • After inheriting a less than 5% completion ratio of AHOBP exams, implemented plans and practices resulting in an over 50% completion ratio, 1st in VISN04.
  • Earned Military Environmental Medicine Certification, level 1 from the American College of Preventive Medicine
05/2022 to Current
Physician Assistant Coastal Medical East Providence, RI,
  • Provide support to VISN 4 Environmental Health program through a special appointment
  • Assist VISN 4 office with the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn PIt (AHOBP) exams.
  • Mentoring a physician assistant detailed to VISN 4 through on-boarding and training of how to conduct AHOBP exams and navigate the veterans integrated registries platform (VIRP)
  • Present at VISN huddles as subject matter expert for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn PIt examinations.
  • Assist VISN leadership with the development and implementation of a standardized VISN-wide environmental health registry program
  • Communicate and advise providers and support staff from VA facilities: Erie, Butler, Coatesville, Wilmington, Wilkes-Barre, Lebanon, and Philadelphia regarding outreach, reporting, and conducting AHOBP exams in compliance with Directive and national memorandum.
03/2016 to Current
Physician Assistant Coastal Medical Narragansett, RI,

Compensation and Pension Examiner 2016- 2019

  • Obtained and maintained Disability and Medical Assessment requirements for Certified Medical Examiners.
  • Completed all assigned examinations of all complexities, includidng various disability claims appeals, 1151's, as well as, General Medical, Gulf War, Integrated Disability Evaluation System, and Separation Health exams.
  • Provided expert medical opinions for complex disability cases and appeals based on reviewing the available medical records, as well as, evidence-based scientific and medical literature.
  • Served as resource to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and local facility staff regarding disability benefits processes
  • Served as Compensation and Pension Department's subject matter expert for claims relating to military-related environmental exposures. As such, provided medical opinions providing rationale, including by citing any pertinent information published by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Academy of Sciences, and other epidemiologic literature.
  • Provide expert medical assessments for various medical conditions
  • Performed duties associated with the Department's reusable medical equipment champion, including training of staff of proper cleaning protocols and maintaining Department's excel spreadsheet in SharePoint as directed by the Chief of Processing services.
  • Routinely peer-reviewed medical records as a reviewer for Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE)
  • Developed and Presented professional topics of interest at provider monthly meetings, such as an Overview of Gulf War Examinations and Applications of the Correia Criteria
  • Received ICARE award in 2018 submitted by chief of service line: "her selfless act of giving up personal time off to offer veterans access as department was short staffed and our access was impacted".
  • Per Proficiency 2019 for service line Chief "She has been incredibly pleasant, and supportive. Her positive attitude is very welcome to our team and our veterans. Her sense of team work and professionalism is superior."

Environmental Health Registry facility lead clinician 2017 to the present; Environmental Health Registry facility lead coordinator 2019 to the present.

  • Facility Lead Environmental Health (EH) Clinician and Environmental Health Coordinator
  • Clinical and Program management of VA Pittsburgh's Environmental Health Registry Program
  • As VA Pittsburgh's Environmental Health Registry Clinician, perform all required clinical responsibilities in compliance with all Congressionally-mandated VA Registry Directives, including Agent Orange, Gulf War, Qarmat Ali, Ionizing Radiation, Depleted Uranium, Toxic Embedded Fragments, and Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit medical evaluations. Also completes nonRegistry evaluations for Veterans with military-related exposure concerns such as liver flukes, PFAS/PFOS, contaminated drinking water Camp Lejeune and several hazardous exposures at Karshi-Khanabad.
  • Assisted Post Deployment Health Services with outreach project to ensure all eligible veterans in the Pittsburgh catchment area were offered hexavalent chromium surveillance as part of the exposures that occured at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Iraq.
  • Serves as local subject matter expert and peer resource for all military-related environmental exposure concerns, including in garrison and deployment-related exposures.
  • Presented on military-related environmental exposures at VA PIttsburgh's Spring Advanced Practice Education Symposium in May 2019.
  • Participates in advanced training for military-related exposures through Post Deployment Health Services Webinars and Modules and completed all requirements for VA's Military Exposure Certification, Level 1.
  • Continue to grow and expand VA Pittsburgh's Environmental Health Program through design and implementation of a specialty Environmnetal Health Consult, standardization of templates and letters, development of standard operating procudures, and implementation of Environmental Health telehealth registry services
  • Completed over 300 Airborne Hazards and Open Burn PIt registry evaluation for VA Pittsburgh and VISN04. Successful completion of 100's of Agent Orange and Gulf War Registry examinations. Successful completion of numerous Depleted Uranium, Toxic Embedded Fragments, and Ionizing Radiation Registry examinations.
  • Worked collaboratively with Post Deployment Health Services to complete the pilot HAIG survey.
  • Served on the Faculty and Planning Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Employee Education System and Post-Deployment Health Service FY 2019 and FY 2020 Environmental Health Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Improved Veteran access to Environmental Health services by initiating and developing Environmental Health Registry Telehealth Services in 2019 to include VA Video Connect which allowed for minimal, if any, disruption of the Environmental Health Registry Services to Veterans during the Covid19 pandemic.
  • Routinely worked additional days above and beyond standard tour to increase Veteran access to compensation and pension examinations from 2016 to 2019.
  • Completed training and account creation per memorandum for the Individual Longitudinal Exposure Record (ILER).
  • Serves as VA Pittsburgh's point of contact for the Individual Longitudinal Longitudinal Exposure Record and maintains an active account.
  • Serves as VA PIttsburgh point of contact for the Toxic Embedded Fragment Surveillance Center in VA Baltimore.
  • Developed and implemented a very well-received Consult in CPRS to improve veteran access to Environmental Health Registry Services and to assist primary care and specialty providers with their Veteran's questions and concerns regarding military exposures.
  • Receive and complete Consults from a variety of service such as, primary care, social work, Hematology/Oncology, Surgery, and Pulmonology.
  • Work collaboratively with Post Deployment Health Services (renamed HOME), the War Related Injury and Illness and Study Center (WRIISC), referring providers and Veterans to assist with interfacility WRIISC Consults and to ensure veteran has access and support to complete online Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.
  • Completed training as a mHealth Ambassador, linking veterans to VA mental health applications for self-care tools for anxiety, sleep disturbances, PTSD, etc.
  • Serves on VA PIttsburgh's Whole Health Steering Committee
  • Demonstrates exceptional time-management, organizational, and problem-solving skills as evidenced of continued growth of Environmental Health Registry services while significantly increasing responsibilities and work-load requirement since being assigned the VA Pittsburgh's Environmental Health Registry Coordinator duties in 2019 in addition to the long-standing Environmental Health Clinician responsibilities.
  • Attend meetings with stakeholders to promote Environmental Registry Program Services and answer questions, such as VA Pittsburgh Director's roundtable meeting with local Cogressional representatives and veteran service officers.
  • Participate in outreach programs to improve accessibility and participation of veteran's in Registry programs, such as Resource Fairs.
  • Continue to perform program development with creation of Registry-related letters and templates in CPRS.
  • Provide resources to Veterans for VA Benefits and VA enrollment and services
  • Implemented Standards of Practice for a successful and compliant Environmental Health Registry Program including outreach letters, scheduling scripts, and telehealth services.
  • Participate in PDICI Community of Practice Calls, VISN huddles, and national environmental exposures clinician and coordinator calls to ensure the most up-to-date and preferred standards of practice.
  • Provide risk communication to Veterans and their family members on environmental exposures during military service and associated health effects.
  • Respond to inquiries within level of expertise from medical facility staff
  • Help as needed with assisting medical staff if a Veteran needs referral to War Related Illness and Injury Study Center for a sophisticated clinical work and assessment.
  • Serve as "first line" resource for clinical information on military-related exposures such as Camp Lejuene, PFAS, liver flukes and concerns such as possible exposure at Fort McClellan or other current or former bases.
  • Perform medical literature reviews and analyze information critically and objectively along with utilzation of the, VA ExposureEd App, and applicable VA Directives and Best Practices to provide both colleagues and veterans with medical expertise regarding military exposures and possible long-term health impacts.
03/2000 to 03/2016
Physician Assistant Coastal Medical Warwick, RI,
  • Diagnosed and treated work-related injuries and illnesses for over 75 employers through out Somerset County
  • Performed OSHA surveillance for numerous employers through out Somerset County in compliance with Federal Regulations, including, but not limited to, exposures to hexavalent chromium, silica, asbestos, lead, and noise.
  • Provided body-fluid exposures evaluations for healthcare personnel, veterinarian staff, corrections officers, and first responders.
  • Administered Travel Medicine services, including counseling and evaluation of patients and travel itineraries and determining appropriate vaccinations and prophylaxis for such illnesses as malaria, rabies, and altitude illness in compliance with the most recent CDC recommendations. Routinely ordered and provided oversight for yellow fever vaccinations and completion of the International Certificate of vaccination or Prophylaxis (yellow card).
  • Interpreted spirometry test results and provided respiratory clearances for thousands of employees/volunteers through out Somerset County.
  • Conducted various infectious disease surveillance and prevention initiatives as Somerset Hospital's Employee Health provider.
  • Performed various physical examinations including pre-employment, fitness for duty, and commercial driver exams
  • Performed a variety of in-office procedures
  • Provided monthly staff in-services
  • Chaired interdepartmental "Lunch and Learn" provider program
  • Ensured compliance with State and Federal regulations as the Accident and Illness Prevention Provider for Somerset Hospital
  • Advocated for patients as liaison between case managers claims adjustors, employers, and medical specialists to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients
  • Utilized daily my communication, marketing, computer, interpersonal and organizational skills to develop and maintain employers' workers compensation panels to include Somerset Hospital personnel
  • Participated in various employer sponsored events such as parades, meetings, and employer open houses to support our community relationships
  • Provided multiple shadowing experiences for PA students
06/2000 to 12/2004
Physician Assistant Coastal Medical East Greenwich, RI,
  • Provided patient care under the supervision of attending physician
  • Evaluated and treated variety of chief complaints from newborn to 100+ years old including, but not limited to. anaphylaxis, chest pain, fractures, cerebrovascular accident, lacerations, traumas, febrile illness.
  • Performed procedures routinely such as suturing, joint injections, joint aspirations, incision and drainage, corneal foreign body removal, fluorescein eye staining with slit lamp inspection, and gynecological exams.
Education and Training
Expected in 07/2001 to to
Certificate, Honors : Occupational And Environmental Medicine
Duke University - Durham, NC
Expected in 09/1998 to to
Masters of Physician Assistant Studies : Physician Assistant
Chatham College - Pittsburgh, PA,
Expected in 08/1995 to to
Bachelor of Science: Exercise And Sports Science And Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA,

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  • Duke University
  • Chatham College
  • The Pennsylvania State University

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