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Psychiatric Physician Assistant

Skyway Behavioral Health
Skokie, IL
  • Posted: 24 days ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Company: Skyway Behavioral Health  

Title: Psychiatric Physician Assistant

FLSA Status: Exempt    

Location: Skokie, IL  


Skyway Behavioral Health is an innovative behavioral health center that goes beyond the treatment of psychiatric symptoms to address underlying biological, behavioral, and psychosocial causes of psychiatric disorders.  Our belief is that maladaptive coping strategies are adopted by patients for survival.  While adaptive at one time or in specific ways, these coping strategies are now preventing patients from living the life they want to live.  Our treatments teach patients new skills that enable them to serve as their own behavioral therapists- thereby helping them to maintain recovery and generalize skills to their home environments.     

At Skyway, we provide a fully immersive, intensive, whole-person experience that covers everything from neuroscience to nutrition.  We believe that the path to recovery from traumatic stress requires a focus that encompasses not just symptom management but also the treatment of underlying individual, systemic, developmental, and familial traumas. We use leading-edge, specialized, evidence-based treatment modalities to help our patients address the trauma and pain behind their behaviors and diagnoses – thereby empowering them to make lasting changes in their lives.    

Our team has extensive clinical and leadership experience in the areas of traumatic stress, eating disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders/pathology.  At Skyway, we are committed to building a culture and team that cares for one another such that we may care for our families, communities, and clients.  At Skyway, we believe that recovery is not only possible but also attainable for all patients.    


Role Description  

Under the care of the Medical Director, the Psychiatric Physician Assistant provides treatment for patients with psychiatric illnesses along the lifespan in an outpatient setting. Treatment includes assessing, planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating the patient care among a multi-disciplinary team.


Psychiatric Physician Assistant is responsible for providing treatment for patients at Skyway Behavioral Health in the partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program. Treatment includes assessing, planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating the patient care among a multi-disciplinary team. He/she/they are responsible for ensuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of the SBH treatment model, fully participate in admission and clinical meetings including DBT team meetings and team rounds and clinical staffing. Psychiatric Physician Assistant will carry a clinical caseload and participate in all aspects of clinical care for their patients including initial psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric follow up appointments, team rounds, and some peer-to-peer insurance reviews when needed.  Skyway’s emphasis is on taking care of our staff so that they can take better care of our patients and so that we maintain a cohesive, collaborative, “work family” with low turnover.  Skyway aims to offer an individualized, multidisciplinary treatment team approach wherein the staff psychiatrist will work with providers within many disciplines including but not limited to therapy, nursing, dietary, utilization review, and other administrative professionals.   


Essential Functions/Core Responsibilities    

  • Conducts psychiatric evaluations and participates in the clinical care and treatment planning process for SBH patients including admissions and clinical team meetings 

  • Provides confirmation of psychiatric diagnosis and prescribes medical and psychiatric treatment; supervises and directs the psychiatric aspects of a patient’s treatment   

  • Participates in the implementation of SBH’s quality assurance plan; assuring that psychiatric care meets quality assurance standards   

  • Occasionally provides night, weekend, and holiday medical triage and treatment authorizations via telephone; prescribe medications; provides medical supervision to mid-level practitioners   

  • Acts as a member of a multi-disciplinary patient care team   

  • Confers with clinical staff and patients and their families regarding diagnosis and treatment; makes referrals to specialists as appropriate   

  • Provides clinical assessments and crisis intervention for psychiatric emergencies    

  • Assures that patient medical records are accurate, meet legal and medical requirements, and are completed in a timely manner   

  • Maintains relationships with community physicians and other health care professionals who are important referral sources for SBH   

  • Establishes and maintains effective communications and working relationships with outside physicians and care providers and all internal colleagues.   

  • Collaborates with the leadership team in creating and sustaining a culture of compassion and healing.    

  • Promotes the Skyway culture by demonstrating genuine concern and compassion for all staff such that they may do the same for one another and our communities, patients, and customers.   

  • Supports the organization's mission, vision, values, and strategic initiatives. Develops, implements, and improves processes to ensure that established policies, goals, and objectives are achieved.    

  • Maintains good standing in regards to license, board status and credentialing     


What are we looking for?      

  • Bachelor’s Degree; completion of a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

  • Three to five years’ clinical experience in psychiatry

  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication abilities 

  • Outstanding presentation skills for marketing and training opportunities 

  • Proficient with computers, web-based programs, and an electronic medical record system  

  • Ability to work independently as needed yet recognize the need for support and demonstrate the willingness to ask for help.     

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, respond with confidence, and resolve during challenging or chaotic situations    

  • Excellent interpersonal skills    

  • Someone who embodies Skyway values:    

  • We embrace the whole person.    

  • We commit to innovative research-backed programs.    

  • We are better together.    

  • We celebrate all expressions of diversity.    

  • We believe in service and supporting our communities.  


Skyway Behavioral Health is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.    

 We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.    

 Certificates, Licenses, Registrations    

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Completion of a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

  • Passing Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)

  • Must be free of any investigations or sanctions by local and/or federal regulatory agencies   


Physical Demands  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to walk and climb or balance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 


  • Medical benefits- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 

  • Dental benefits-Guardian 

  • Vision benefits-Guardian 

  • Short Term Disability-Guardian 

  • 401K Safe Harbor Match- TransAmerica  

  • PTO 

  • Holiday pay 

  • Paid sick time 

  • Regular clinical supervision 

  • Collaborative professional growth development 

Work Environment 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work hours may vary in this leadership role and may require responding to phone calls from direct reports during off hours. 

Skyway Behavioral Health


Skokie, IL



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