The physician Assistant (hereafter, PA) will be an Advanced Practice Professional (Mid-Level), whose primary areas of responsibility will involve performing medical health assessments, order medical diagnostic studies, establish medical diagnoses by applying a method of differential diagnosis; evaluate therapeutic results of medical interventions; and identify complications of a variety of medical interventions.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A PA on the Hospitalist Section perform assigned duties through collaboration with staff hospitalists, and are fully integrated into day to day operations. The primary focus of this position:
* Participate in the clinical management of Veterans who are admitted to an acute level of care on a general medical/surgical floor.
* Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, assessing and monitoring Veterans admitted to this unit.
* Facilitate the flow of cases across the duration of care, from admission history and physical to discharge planning, to a successful, safe discharge including meeting all appropriate treatment plan and performance goals.
* Education of the Veteran and family of the discharge instructions an important element of the PA's responsibilities.
* Facilitate and promote communication between the hospitalist and the medical/surgicalspecialists who are consulting on the Veteran's care.
Our Hospitalist Section admits from the emergency department, the clinics and health care centers, accepts transfers in from other VA Medical Centers as well as from non-VA tertiary care facilities for completion of care and discharge planning. We have a service agreement with in-patient Mental Health across a variety of levels of severity of illness.
* PA's will admit, care for, and discharge these individuals back to Mental Health once stable.
* PA's will participate in consultative care when appropriate for the severity of illness.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:
A. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
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.
1. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
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.
D. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant 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.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires some walking, standing, bending, lifting and carrying light items such as paper, books, and charts. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *OF-306 *Other(VA Form 10-2850C Application for Associated Health Occupations) *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *SF-50 VA Form 10-2850C - Application for Associated Health Occupations
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1985082.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.