Physician Assistant Section

Guidelines for Governance

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Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. They are authorized to practice via state licensure or credentialing by a federal employer. A PA in critical care works with a certified intensivist or a physician with equivalent qualifications and experience in ICU care. Within the scope of applicable state law, policies of the institution, and delegation from the supervising physician, the PA is allowed  to perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions without the physical presence of the supervising physician, who is always available by beeper or phone call. The mission of the PA in critical care medicine is to provide continuity of patient care. The PA acts as a liaison between the primary physicians, attendings, house staff, and nursing staff to ensure the necessary communication and the implementation of coordinated patient care.
The Physician Assistant Section aim to:
• Provide a common link between PAs who practice and are deeply committed to critical care medicine.
• Further education and foster the interdisciplinary practice of critical care medicine by PAs
• Advise the Society on matters pertaining to PAs and the practice of multiprofessional critical care medicine

 Section Officers

Danny Lizano, PA-C, MSHS, FCCM
Kendall Regional Medical Center
Miami, Florida, USA
Term: 2016 - 2018
Ashish Seth, MBA, PA-C, FCCM
St. Francis Hospital - The Heart Center
Roslyn, New York, USA
Term: 2016 - 2018
Peter S. Sandor, MS, RRT, PA-C, MHS, FCCM
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Term: 2016 - 2018
Past Chair:
Ryan M. O'Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM
St. Vincent's Hospital
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Term: 2016 – 2018
Members at-Large:
Matthew B. Band, PA-C
Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Term: 2017 – 2019
David L. Carpenter, PA-C, FCCM
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Term: 2016 – 2018
William Holecek III, BS, MS, PA-C
Stony Brook University Hospital State University
Stony Brook, New York, USA
Term: 2017 - 2019
James E. Lunn Jr., PA-C, RRT, MHS
Saint Francis Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Term: 2016 – 2018
Council Liaison:
Lauren R. Sorce, CCRN, MSN, FCCM
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Hello everyone, Hope everyone had a good holiday.   I was looking to get some information on different hospitals annual performance reviews related to critical care.  Currently my hospital does an evaluation on a lot of subjective material, however they a

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Hi,  I'm currently pioneering a new critical care APP position. Since this is a new position their privileges need to be updated. I was wondering if anyone has any priviledges for critical care that they would be willing to share? These are the points tha

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