Team Lead Physician Assistant - Family Medicine

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Tanana Chiefs Conference
Tok, AK
Feb 23, 2021
Feb 28, 2021
Physician Assistant

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Upper Tanana Health Center Team Lead Opportunity - PA-C

Alaska Outpatient Tribal and Community Health Center
  • Come serve in a busy mission driven supportive team setting
  • Situated between two mountain ranges, Tok is located about an hour North of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve's northern boundary
  • Access to Wild & Scenic Rivers, backcountry hiking & outdoor adventures
  • Very competitive compensation and benefits
  • Qualifying site for several loan forgiveness programs

Tanana Chiefs Conference is looking for Team Lead Physician Assistants that love wilderness, hiking, outdoor adventures and are team players with strong clinical skills and the ability to work with humility in a cross-cultural tribal health clinic. We are hiring for a board certified PA-C to live and work in Tok, Alaska. We will also consider Emergency Medicine providers that have Family Medicine experience. The successful candidate must possess passion for rural healthcare and exceptional communication & cross-cultural skills. After hours and week end call rotations are mandatory and providers must be comfortable with handling after-hours emergency medicine and trauma in a rural setting. As a rural clinic during regular weekday hours we see and treat a significant number of complex chronic care patients along with the typical mix of acute care conditions. As a sub-regional clinic we have the support of a larger tribal health network and a team of providers at Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks and Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

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Salary range is DOE, Signing bonus; up to $5K annual for CME and 80 hours (not deducted from PTO); 30 days PTO plus paid holidays. TCC has excellent benefits which include 7% profit sharing---TCC takes 7% of whatever you make annually (their money not from your paycheck) and places it in a profit sharing plan; health, vision and dental.

Who We Are:

The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is an Alaska Native non-profit corporation, charged with advancing Tribal self-determination and enhancing regional Native unity. TCC has an extensive rural health care system to support health and promote wellness to Indian Health Service beneficiaries-Alaska Natives & American Indians, as well as many non-beneficiaries, in 42 villages situated across the river systems of the Interior (Yukon, Koyukuk, Kuskokwim, Tanana and more). This 235,000 square mile region is the home of the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Where We Are:

The Upper Tanana Health Center South is located in the rural community of Tok, Alaska. Tok is situated at the strategic intersection of the Alaska Highway and the Tok Cut Off from which travelers driving into Alaska from Canada can either continue north towards Delta(1.75 hours) and Fairbanks(3.5 hours) in the Interior Region or head southwest to Anchorage (6 hours) See

We are screening for providers with a sense of adventure, a love for rural medicine and the respect and humility to serve in a team approach in a multi-cultural setting. The Upper Tanana Health Center is staffed with two Family Medicine physicians, RN, Medical Assistant and Health Aide. After hours and weekend call will be divided between 3 full time providers and we are looking to rotate additional staff from Fairbanks. Provider must be comfortable with responding to emergency medicine and trauma situations. The patient population draws mainly from the communities of Tok, Tetlin, Northway, Tanacross and Dot Lake-as well as summer tourists.

Tok is well situated for anyone wanting to live a rural Alaskan lifestyle while still staying on the road system for convenient travel. Candidate must be comfortable living in a rural isolated community with limited amenities. Fishing, hunting, aviation, backcountry adventures in the mountains or along the rivers-there is plenty to do if you love the outdoors. The foothills of the Delta Range Mountains are accessible just a short drive out of town & Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is south of Tok. Eagle, Whitehorse, Fairbanks, Anchorage and all points in between are ready to visit and explore.

Representative Duties: extends throughout the TCC service area to include sub-regional team members, associated village clinics, and the Fairbanks-based team members.

Provide continual evaluation of processes and procedures, and implement techniques to improve team operations, efficiency and coordination in service to both internal and external customers.

Work with Health Services Administration and the Clinical Staff Office to manage team schedules to ensure proper coverage of clinical operations.

Conduct regular team meetings to communicate updates and process changes, drive coordination and improvement as well as discuss and resolve issues.

Attend Team Lead meetings on a weekly basis to coordinate care across the organization.

Function is the first point of escalation for patient care concerns with locally-based team patients.

Facilitate initiatives to improve access to services and customer service.

Engage team in effective change management with new operations as required.

Provide strong leadership by building coalitions, engaging cross functional teams, and promote staff to work at their highest level and potential.

Fulfills all duties outlined in clinical job description under which he/she is hired (advanced practitioner or physician).

Regularly communicates with the medical staff under their supervision regarding: Quality Metrics, Clinical Quality goals, Patient Satisfaction Reports and Productivity reports. Works with clinic staff in improving all of the above measures and communicating organizational expectations

Assists with hiring of clinical staff, maintains professional evaluations of staff under their supervision.

Works closely with the Primary Care Medical Director, peer Team Leads and the local sub-regional support staff leads (Lead RN, Lead CMA) to advance quality outcomes for patients, Patient Centered Medical Home development, Quality Improvement projects and goals and professional development of medical staff.

Also works closely with the CHAP Program Director to ensure programs work collaboratively and inclusively.

Works closely with Primary Care Medical Director and CHAP program director to ensure HRSA requirements are achieved.

Works closely with Primary Care Medical Director and CHAP Program Director to continually meet accreditation standards of clinic and other clinics in the sub-region.

Other Responsibilities:

Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be a licensed medical provider (PA-C)
  • Must be able to meet criteria for appointment to the clinical staff.
  • Must hold a valid license to practice in State of Alaska
  • Three years minimum primary care experience, 5 years preferred. Additional experience in cross cultural health care required.
  • Must pass background check pursuant to federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.
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