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Job Title: Physician Assistant- Hospitalist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Baltimore, MD
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Physician Assistant- Hospitalist

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) is recruiting one full time Physician Assistant (PA) to staff a Short Stay Medical Hospitalist Team, which currently managed by four Hospitalist PAs. This team is supported by one Hospitalist Attending Physician and one physician assistant during the day, and one physician assistant at night. The Physician Assistant Team is a daily admitting team which accepts patients from the Emergency Department, direct admissions from VAMHCS primary care clinics and occasionally from medical sub-specialty clinics. The team has admission criteria and provides care for veterans whose anticipated length of inpatient stay is short, 1-3 days or who are admitted under observation status. The duties of the Physician Assistant will also include occasional support of the Medicine Consultation Service, which is managed by the Hospitalist Service. While on the consult service, duties will include the medical assessment of patients referred from the Surgical and Psychiatry Services while providing recommendations to the patient's primary Team. The VAMHCS has full radiology support, including Interventional Radiology, sub-specialty medicine and surgical consultants, Social Work and Case Managers and Physical and Occupational Therapists. Other duties as assigned.

Telework Eligibility: Not Eligible
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week; Nights, Weekends, and Holidays will be required
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.
  • Education: The candidate must meet the following:
    (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: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
  • Physical Standards: Must have the mental and physical ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and pass the requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies
  • English Language Proficiency: Physician Assistants appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English

Grade Determinations:

Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research.

(1) Experience / Education

(a) 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,

(b) 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.

(2) Management/Administrative

(a) Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility for managing or coordinating a healthcare program including follow-up actions to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies required by internal and external review organizations and accrediting bodies, and;

(b) Successfully integrates the activities of the employee's assignment with other patient care programs at the facility or with similar programs on a broader geographic basis, and;
(c) Develops policies and procedures and participates in executive level decision making deliberations, and;

(d) Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of services, and;

(e) Performs a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.

(3) Clinical Competencies

(a) Clinical Proficiency

1. Evaluates facility patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes, and;

2. Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies, and;

3. Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel, and;

4. Exhibits exceptional clinical skills and consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients.

(b) Professional Development

1. Develops and implements education and training programs involving a variety of specialties in widely diversified activities, and;

2. Provides personnel with the vital link between education and practice.

3. Coordinates clinical training of healthcare students including facilitation of clinical rotations, recruitment preceptors and evaluation of student, and;

4. Maintains close relationships with affiliated schools and healthcare training programs and coordinates clinical rotations with curriculum needs, and;

5. Serves on education and training committees, advisory groups and special task forces concerned with managing education and career development activities.

(c) Ethics

1. Provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff at the medical facility and the local health care community.

2. Participates in the education of facility staff in ethical concepts and encourages staff participation in ethics educational programs.

(d) Interpersonal Skills

1. Demonstrates leadership in developing productive working relationships with groups in other programs, services, academic settings, and community agencies.

2. Effectively collaborates and interacts with other regional medical facilities to enhance seamless coordination of inter-facility patient care.

(e) Research

1. Conducts approved, merit-reviewed research projects; performs independent research; serves as a contributing member of a research team or serves as a member of a research committee; formulates research proposals and protocol submissions for merit review; and develops publishable material for appropriate professional journals or speaks to peer groups, and;

2. Effectively researches problems of major scope; directs independent research of considerable interest and value, where the research contribution is highly productive and of such quality and originality as to have marked the PA as a significant contributor to advances in patient care and services.


References: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, Dated September 5, 2014

None

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

  • Resume


CV or Resume to include: contact information; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week if part-time, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned; other information such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of experience. (Required) ****Failure to include all the above information in your CV or Resume may result in an ineligible rating.

Occupational Questionnaire

Proof of current Certification, Licensure or Registration


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.

  • Resume


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

If currently employed in the VA system or another Government agency, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action

Unofficial transcripts(s)-official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired; if applicable, supporting documentation from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.

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.
  • Education: The candidate must meet the following:
    (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: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
  • Physical Standards: Must have the mental and physical ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and pass the requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies
  • English Language Proficiency: Physician Assistants appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English

Grade Determinations:

Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research.

(1) Experience / Education

(a) 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,

(b) 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.

(2) Management/Administrative

(a) Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility for managing or coordinating a healthcare program including follow-up actions to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies required by internal and external review organizations and accrediting bodies, and;

(b) Successfully integrates the activities of the employee's assignment with other patient care programs at the facility or with similar programs on a broader geographic basis, and;
(c) Develops policies and procedures and participates in executive level decision making deliberations, and;

(d) Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of services, and;

(e) Performs a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.

(3) Clinical Competencies

(a) Clinical Proficiency

1. Evaluates facility patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes, and;

2. Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies, and;

3. Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel, and;

4. Exhibits exceptional clinical skills and consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients.

(b) Professional Development

1. Develops and implements education and training programs involving a variety of specialties in widely diversified activities, and;

2. Provides personnel with the vital link between education and practice.

3. Coordinates clinical training of healthcare students including facilitation of clinical rotations, recruitment preceptors and evaluation of student, and;

4. Maintains close relationships with affiliated schools and healthcare training programs and coordinates clinical rotations with curriculum needs, and;

5. Serves on education and training committees, advisory groups and special task forces concerned with managing education and career development activities.

(c) Ethics

1. Provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff at the medical facility and the local health care community.

2. Participates in the education of facility staff in ethical concepts and encourages staff participation in ethics educational programs.

(d) Interpersonal Skills

1. Demonstrates leadership in developing productive working relationships with groups in other programs, services, academic settings, and community agencies.

2. Effectively collaborates and interacts with other regional medical facilities to enhance seamless coordination of inter-facility patient care.

(e) Research

1. Conducts approved, merit-reviewed research projects; performs independent research; serves as a contributing member of a research team or serves as a member of a research committee; formulates research proposals and protocol submissions for merit review; and develops publishable material for appropriate professional journals or speaks to peer groups, and;

2. Effectively researches problems of major scope; directs independent research of considerable interest and value, where the research contribution is highly productive and of such quality and originality as to have marked the PA as a significant contributor to advances in patient care and services.


References: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, Dated September 5, 2014

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