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Job Title: Physician Assistant
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: West Haven, CT
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Counseling, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Physician Assistant

Duties include, but are not limited to:

. Assisting the Supervising Physician (or agent) in evaluation and management of clinic and telehealth patients to include:
. Performing initial histories and physical examinations on new inpatients and outpatients
. Providing ongoing outpatient care for assigned patients
. Screening outpatients to determine need for further health care and/or admission
. Ordering diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays, electrocardiograms, CT, MRI scans, and any other studies necessary for the care of patients
. Reviewing diagnostic test results and implementing appropriate treatment
. Entering inpatient admission orders including post-operative orders
. Providing education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatments and drug
. Carrying out health promotion and disease prevention activities
. Initiating and expediting requests for consultations and scheduling special tests and studies.
. Assisting the Supervising Physician (or agent) in evaluation and management of operative patients to include:
. Assisting in the operating room
. Assisting in overall post-operative care and evaluation(including the ICU)
. Writing discharge orders, instructions, and summaries
. Making rounds to observe and record patient's medical progress
. Updating and summarizing medical records
. Notifying the responsible physician of significant changes in patient condition
. Performing other duties as assigned.


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Hours may vary
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • (1) Graduate of a PA training program or of a Surgical Assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations

    AND

    (2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another Health Sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

    Certification:

    (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

    OR

    (2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis for a period not to exceed two years

    Grade Requirements: In addition to the basic requirements, there are specific qualifications (education, experience and competencies) for each grade.


    Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:

    (1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

    (2) Clinical Competencies

    (a) Clinical Proficiency

    1. Provides effective care to patients characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating patient care for assigned patients. This includes possessing the skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans, and modify treatment plans when appropriate.

    2. Works effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations where referral is appropriate.

    3. References quality improvement information and organizes patient care needs to assure safe, efficient and cost-effective care.

    4. Initiates effective actions in emergencies

    Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:

    (1) Experience / Education

    (a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or

    (b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or

    (c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    (2) Clinical Competencies

    (a) Clinical Proficiency

    1. Effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade.

    2. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade.

    3. Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade.

    4. Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care.

    Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment

    (1) Experience / Education

    (a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or

    (b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or

    (c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or

    (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

    (2) Clinical Competencies

    (a) Clinical Proficiency

    1. Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems.

    2. Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade.

    3. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade.

    4. First or second assists in surgical procedures.

    VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.

Preferred Experience: One year of surgery experience


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 25 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 25 pounds and over; Pushing (1 hour); Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (2 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4: Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume
2. VA Form 10-28503. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, please do not include an award SF-50. (Federal Employees)
3. Other (see checklist below)

VA Form 10-2850 can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

Cover Letter
DD 214
OF-306
Other
Other Veteran Documents
SF-15

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • (1) Graduate of a PA training program or of a Surgical Assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations

    AND

    (2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another Health Sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

    Certification:

    (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

    OR

    (2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis for a period not to exceed two years

    Grade Requirements: In addition to the basic requirements, there are specific qualifications (education, experience and competencies) for each grade.


    Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:

    (1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

    (2) Clinical Competencies

    (a) Clinical Proficiency

    1. Provides effective care to patients characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating patient care for assigned patients. This includes possessing the skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans, and modify treatment plans when appropriate.

    2. Works effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations where referral is appropriate.

    3. References quality improvement information and organizes patient care needs to assure safe, efficient and cost-effective care.

    4. Initiates effective actions in emergencies

    Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:

    (1) Experience / Education

    (a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or

    (b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or

    (c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    (2) Clinical Competencies

    (a) Clinical Proficiency

    1. Effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade.

    2. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade.

    3. Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade.

    4. Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care.

    Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment

    (1) Experience / Education

    (a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or

    (b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or

    (c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or

    (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

    (2) Clinical Competencies

    (a) Clinical Proficiency

    1. Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems.

    2. Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade.

    3. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade.

    4. First or second assists in surgical procedures.

    VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.

Preferred Experience: One year of surgery experience


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 25 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 25 pounds and over; Pushing (1 hour); Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (2 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4: Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.
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