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Job Title: Physician Assistant - Hospitalist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Augusta, ME
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Social Services, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Counseling, Executive Management, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Physician Assistant - Hospitalist

Duties include, but are not limited to:
* Obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations.
* Providing and coordinating medical care for assigned patients in any care setting, including establishing diagnoses, formulating and implementing care plans, and providing follow-up care.
* Evaluating outpatients to determine the need for further health care.
* Ordering diagnostic studies and other special tests, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, etc.
* Ordering or obtaining laboratory specimens.
* Ordering VA specialty service consults and initiating requests for non-VA medical care and consults in accordance with VHA and local
facility policy and procedures.
* Writing orders for or prescribing medications (see paragraph c. of this Appendix). VHA DIRECTIVE 1063 December 24, 2013 APPENDIX A A-2.
* Admitting and discharging patients in consultation with, and on behalf of, the collaborating physician, obtaining admission history and
performing physical examinations, conducting patient rounds, documenting progress notes and summaries in the patient record, and
writing patient orders on assigned patients.
* Providing education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed
treatments and drugs.
* Weekly meetings with social work, nurse manager, and involved nursing staff as well as ancillary staff as needed, to discuss discharge
planning for each resident.


Work Schedule: Hours are variable during the WHEN (weekends, holidays, evenings, nights) period but likely will be late afternoon (3:00 to 6:00 p.m.) until early a.m. (4:00 to 7:00 a.m.). Day tours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change at the discretion of the Chief, Hospitalist Section and the Chief, Medical Service.
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.
  • English Language Proficiency: PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d)
  • Education: 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 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: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
    NOTE: Recent PA graduates may be employed by the VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405) for a period NOT TO EXCEED two (2) years.

Grade Determinations

Full Grade: None beyond the basic requirements.
Intermediate Grade: 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 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.
Senior Grade: 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA postgraduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 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 a Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Chief Grade: Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and, the minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.

References: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, dated: September 05, 2014.

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

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling - intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing 8 hours; occasional kneeling; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); and mental/emotional stability.

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

  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. REQUIRED!

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
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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.
  • English Language Proficiency: PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d)
  • Education: 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 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: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
    NOTE: Recent PA graduates may be employed by the VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405) for a period NOT TO EXCEED two (2) years.

Grade Determinations

Full Grade: None beyond the basic requirements.
Intermediate Grade: 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 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.
Senior Grade: 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA postgraduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 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 a Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Chief Grade: Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and, the minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.

References: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, dated: September 05, 2014.

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

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling - intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing 8 hours; occasional kneeling; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); and mental/emotional stability.
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