Teaching Associate in Cardio-Oncology
University of Washington Division of Cardiology
United States

Cardio Oncology Teaching Associate

Position Overview

Organization: Medicine, Cardiology

Title: Cardio Oncology Teaching Associate

Position Details

Position Description

Faculty Appointment:  Teaching Associate/ARNP or PA without tenure position in the Division of Cardiology is a full-time, one-year, 12 month appointment, renewable annually (JCC: 0169).

Job Description:

Patient access is a UW Heart Institute priority. The number of patients seen by UW Cardiologists have grown dramatically over the last decade and there is a current need for access and follow-up for the UW/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Cardio-oncology program.  Cardio-oncology is an emerging field as cancer treatments improve and patients with cancer live longer and/or are cured, only to suffer downstream cardiovascular events from associated treatment side effects. The major focus areas include: (1) Risk factor reduction in high risk patients prior to cancer treatment, (2) Working with oncology colleagues to determine the safest therapy in patients with cardiovascular history, (3) Management of acute cardiac complications from cancer treatments, including acute heart failure, LV dysfunction, ischemia, and arrhythmias, (4) Long-term follow-up for survivorship as patients with prior cancer treatment are at increased lifelong risk for cardiovascular complications.

The Cardiology APP, serving in this new role, will independently see patients recently discharged from the UWMC campus that was notable for a cardio-oncology issue, and see follow-up established cardio-oncology patients with any number of chronic cardiac issues and concerns. This includes taking a medical history, interpreting cardiac test results, monitoring and prescribe medications, patient education and counseling promoting healthy lifestyle changes, and working closely with the SCCA oncology team. This APP will practice solely in the outpatient clinic. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.  Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Reports to:  Cardiology Service Director and Cardiology Lead Advanced Practice Provider


The Cardiology APP will have the following responsibilities:


1. Clinical Knowledge and Patient Care

Cardiology APPs are highly reliable, flexible team members and serve as content experts for the provision of outpatient cardiology therapies. They daily demonstrate attributes of high functioning team members such as, lack of excessive ego and concerns about status.  They share credit and emphasize team over self.  They are self-motivated and diligent, constantly striving for improvements in patient care processes.  They are respectful of their colleagues in both words and actions, working cooperatively with one another and their physician, nurse and medical assistant partners.

The APP will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of etiologies, risk factors, pathophysiology, presentation and epidemiology of common cardiovascular conditions.
  2. Understand and recognize common cardiovascular complications related to cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy.
  3. Recognize high risk patients prior to cancer treatment and regimens that increase risk for cardiovascular complications.
  4. Comprehend long-term cardiovascular risk from prior cancer treatments, including both childhood and adult cancer survivorship.
  5. Perform histories and physical assessments of patients that are timely, accurate, complete, concise, relevant and appropriate to the clinical problem.
  6. Order appropriate diagnostic studies and correctly interprets the results. 
  7. Utilize critical thinking to synthesize and analyze collected data.
  8. Develop, implement, evaluate and alter the plan of care as needed.
  9. Manage general cardiovascular conditions based on knowledge of the indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions and adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents and other relevant treatment modalities.
  10. Teach and counsel patient and their families.
  11. Maintain accurate, complete, concise and timely documentation in the EMR.
  12. Provide care that is patient and family centered, compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of cardiovascular health, prevention illness and treatment of disease.

The APP will provide the above care services in a manner that optimizes access to care and use of standard clinic templates. 

2. Communication and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The APP will:

    1. Incorporate the patient and family in care planning and treatment.
    2. Serves as an advocate for patient and families in navigating the health system.
    3. Communicate pertinent clinical information in a timely manner.
    4. Facilitate interprofessional collaboration.
    5. Promote and enhance communication with patients, staff, family members, and the interprofessional team.
    6. Provide accurate and timely verbal hand-offs and facilitating smooth transitions of care.
    7. Serve as a point person for communications among service team members.
    8. Communicate in a professional and respectful manner with all members of the health care team whether through verbal, email, or text communication.
    9. Provide accurate and timely order entry.
    10. Provide timely and accurate documentation.
    11. Practice and promote the practice of communication using TeamSTEPPS elements (including daily huddling with MA and RNs).

3. Professional

The APP will:

    1. Participate in and support the Division’s education, research and quality initiatives.
    1. Provide education and mentorship to fellow team members, staff, fellows, and nurses.
    2. Attend weekly Cardiology Grand Rounds and quarterly faculty meetings.
    3. Be well versed in UWMC CPOE/EPIC.
    4. Follow UWMC Professional Behavior Policy and Procedures.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Current and valid licensure as an ARNP or PA-C in Washington State
  2. Graduate Degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program or graduate of an accredited PA program, or foreign equivalent.
  3. Nationally certified ARNP/PA with DEA
  4. Proven excellence working in an interdisciplinary collaborative team environment
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and clinical expertise in the care of patients with chronic and acute cardiovascular illnesses.


Desirable Qualifications

  1. Training and experience in cardiology, oncology, or cardio-oncology preferred
  2. ACLS Certification



Please provide CV and cover letter

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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