Because of the need to cut health-care expenses, physician assistants are in hot demand. That's because while they don't demand the same salaries -- or need the same education levels -- as physicians and surgeons, they can still treat patients and even make diagnoses. (No, they're not the ones in doctors' offices checking your temperature; that's a medical assistant.)
The Intensivist Group, which provides outsourced critical care services to community hospitals, is currently seeking a PA for Mercy Suburban Hospital's intensive care unit in Norristown, Pa.
"We're looking for people with good interpersonal skills because they'll be taking care of sick people," said Jay Cowen, president of the Lake Zurich, Ill.-based company -- and flexible schedules are a must. "You need to be aware of the requirements of the job. Our doctors work 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. We've parted ways with candidates because of their inflexibility to work within our schedule."
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