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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Neurosurgery/Neurovascular Service

Advanced Practice Provider

Instructor – NP or PA

Position # 00776118

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Job Summary:

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU-SOM) has a full-time clinical faculty position available for an Advanced Practice Provider. The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) will be a clinical faculty member of the CU-SOM, entering at the level of Instructor. This position encompasses inpatient medical care services for patients suffering from a wide range of neurosurgical disease (ex. Cranial/spine trauma, brain tumors, spinal disorders, acute ischemic stroke, ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, extracranial carotid disease, etc). As a faculty member of the CU-SOM, opportunities for professional development may include education of nursing and medical staff, participation in quality and safety improvement projects, clinical research projects, and mentoring junior Advanced Practice Providers. Responsibilities of the APP position include primary patient care of inpatient and outpatient neurosurgical patients. The APP will work closely with other members of the Neurosurgery service including physicians and APPs. The service will include a wide range of both elective and emergent procedures with approximately half related to neurovascular disease. The ideal candidate will have a high degree of organization, but an equally strong flexibility and skill in dealing with rapidly changing clinical situations and daily schedules. Duties will require ICU level care that include the management of intracranial drains and acute neurosurgical scenarios such as elevated intracranial pressure.The physician team includes 2 neurosurgeons and 1 APP primarily located at Highlands Ranch hospital. General Neurosurgical call will vary among providers. Three additional neurovascular physicians are included in the call rotation. Each neurovascular attending is ‘on call’ for seven consecutive days at Highlands Ranch Hospital during the evening hours with one provider providing coverage Monday through Friday during daytime hours.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Daytime consultations and patient admission to the hospital – either direct admit from an outside hospital or from the ED, performing history and physical exam, patient assessment, ordering appropriate labs, diagnostic studies, and radiology tests, and follow up and formulation of treatment plan of the ordered lab, studies, and tests

  • Performing necessary emergent and non-emergent procedures in the ICU with hospital privilege after demonstrated competency and according to standardized protocols where applicable

  • Performing efficiently in urgent/emergent situations following established protocols, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons, and documenting events

  • Assisting with transfer orders, discharge to outside facilities and associated documentation

  • Establishing and maintaining communication with other health care providers and departments to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness and to promote consistency and continuity of care (e.g. handoffs, sign out and transfer summaries)

  • Demonstrating responsibility and accountability for own professional practice

  • Function as a clinical leader and educator in collaboration with physicians, nurses and others on the healthcare team

  • Demonstrating knowledge of legal issues, including patient confidentiality and risk management, in all aspects of patient care and unit functioning

  • Demonstrating a service philosophy in all interactions with patients, families, and other members of the health care team

  • Demonstrating proficiency in the use of computers and telecommunication modalities to document, track, and convey information

  • Attending weekly specialty conferences as permissible with clinical schedule

  • Attending conferences, board review courses, practical procedure boot camps and other professional development both in-state and out of state

  • Participating in quality and safety improvement projects as requested

  • Assist in neurosurgical/neurovascular clinic and development of a self-directed clinic for neurosurgical patient follow up

  • Participation in night/weekend call for inpatient service

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services at .

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice Nursing (Acute Care NP) or a graduate of an accredited program in Physician Assistant Studies

  • Current active license to practice in the state of Colorado as an Advanced Practice Nurse or Physician Assistant. Prescriptive authority is required.

  • Currently credentialed as an APN or PA by the appropriate national certifying body.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years of experience in inpatient or intensive care

  • Experience in surgical or interventional radiology subspecialty

Competencies / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally

  • Proven ability to care for high acuity, high complexity ICU patients

  • Desire to assist with neurosurgical and neurointerventional radiology procedures

  • Ability to work individually and as a team to support team-based medical care in an APP/Physician

* Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Aug 18, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Zach Folzenlogen

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00776118

Req ID: 19027

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.