Healthcare, Other, Human Resources, Information Technology, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Notifications: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position. Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. 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. 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; ANDA 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.Currently certified by the NCCPA. Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5. Preferred Experience: Cardiology experience with performance that demonstrates the use of sound clinical judgment in decision making. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience Grade Determinations: Experience as a PA will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Physician Assistant Personnel.The criteria are as follows:Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;Professional Development: performance, education/career development;Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.References:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Physical Requirements: 1. Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently) 2. Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently 3. Repeated bending 4. Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently) 5. Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently) 6. Stooping (intermittently) 7. Squatting (intermittently) 8. Kneeling (occasionally) 9. Use of both arms10. Use of both hands 11. Use of fingers 12. Overhead work; both arms (intermittently) 13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day) 14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day) 15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day) 16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other 17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches 18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors 19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds 20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.