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Physician Extender (NCI)

Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. • Bethesda, MD

Posted 12 days ago

Job Snapshot

Experience - At least 2 year(s)
Health Care

Job Description


Within the Leidos Biomedical Research Inc.’s Clinical Research Directorate, the Clinical Monitoring Research Program (CMRP) provides high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Since its inception in 2001, CMRP’s ability to provide rapid responses, high-quality solutions, and to recruit and retain experts with a variety of backgrounds to meet the growing research portfolios of NCI, NIAID, CC, NHLBI, NIAMS, NCATS, NINDS, and NIMH has led to the considerable expansion of the program and its repertoire of support services. CMRP’s support services are strategically aligned with the program’s mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CMRP services include comprehensive clinical trials, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases.  CMRP’s collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program’s mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.



The Clinical Monitoring Research Program provides direct support to the Division of Clinical Research (DCR), Intramural Clinical Management and Operations Branch (ICMOB) / Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases (LCID) for the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) located at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.


The Physician Extender:

  • Works with a multidisciplinary clinical team providing and coordinating comprehensive health care to patients in a research environment
  • Oversees the Infectious Diseases (ID) Consult rotators and the outpatient coordination of care
  • Provides formal education to others in the Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant field of expertise including lecturing at area graduate programs
  • Works with patients requiring assistance with pain and palliative care
  • Participates in clinical practice peer reviews and developing multidisciplinary quality improvement programs and projects
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates multidisciplinary quality improvement programs and projects
  • Orders and interprets appropriate laboratory and diagnostic studies
  • Provides appropriate patient and family counseling and education with consideration of the patients learning needs, learning readiness and impediments to the process
  • Serves as a consultant and role model for professional practice, collaboration, and communication
  • Leads patient care rounds and conferences

Job Requirements


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • A Physician Assistant applicant must be a graduate from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Must have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination. Must be Maryland State Board eligible
  • A Nurse Practitioner applicant must possess a degree/diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Must have active, current registration as professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Must have appropriate certification issued by the appropriate certifying body the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Practitioner. Must be Maryland State Board eligible
  • All applicants: A Maryland license will need to be obtained prior to start of employment
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence
  •  A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible nurse practitioner experience or relevant physician assistant experience in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting, focused on oncology and preferably transplant
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardio Life Support (ACLS) and/or Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively as a team member and maintain a collaborative relationship with the Medical Director and various levels of medical staff
  • Ability to assess acute and non-acute medical problems
  • Professional mastery of clinical nursing knowledge of patient assessment and medical care, as well as knowledge of pharmacology
  • Ability to develop patient rapport and provide emotional support in helping patients cope with stress associated with infectious disease illnesses
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards, policies/procedures and treatment by integration of that knowledge into the delivery of care
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Clinical research experience
  • Prior nursing experience with procedures (skin biopsy and suture, bone marrow biopsy) 
  • Prior experience caring for pediatric and adult patients with immunological and hematological/oncological diseases 
  • Knowledge of relationships between diseases, health assessment, counseling, diagnostic testing procedures, and broad base clinical areas such as pathophysiology, psychosocial theory, pharmacology, and primary medical management practices
Job ID: 638108
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