Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with flexibility to meet patient and program needs.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant / 000000
***RELOCATION INCENTIVE OR RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED***
The primary role of the Physician Assistant will beto provide direct care of primary care patients in a community based outpatient clinic (CBOC) setting. The Physician Assistant will work collaboratively with the patient aligned care teams (PACT), which includes physicians (MDs), registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and clerks, as well as other health team members (e.g., specialists, social workers, pharmacists), in the management of these patients. This position is located in ourSonora CBOC andmay require limited travel toModesto andStockton CBOC(s) to meet patient care and program needs.
The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
*Prescribes medications, within the scope of licensure and scope of practice.
*Provides emergency treatment when a physician is not immediately availability.
*Writes orders specified in scope of practice and in accordance with skill and proficiency.
*Performs telehealth duties, as needed for patients.
*Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
*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) is required for employment in VHA. 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.
*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).
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard, dated September 5, 2014.
In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
Experience / Education: None beyond the basic requirements.
Clinical Competencies: Must demonstrate clinical proficiencies such as 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, and works effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations where referral is appropriate.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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:
Experience / Education: One (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.
Clinical Competencies: Must demonstrate clinical proficiency such as performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade, effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade, and practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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.
Experience / Education: Three (3) years of professional practice as a PA; or 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 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.
Clinical Competencies: Must demonstrate clinical proficiency such as manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems, first or second assists in surgical procedures, acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff, and makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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.
Experience / Education: Five (5) years of professional practice as a PA; and 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.
Clinical Competencies: Must demonstrate clinical proficiency such as evaluates facility patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care, exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies, facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel, exhibits exceptional clinical skills and consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, and multi-symptomatic patients.
NOTE: 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: This position requires: light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers and both hands required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required.
Drug Testing: All 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 the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test result. VA employees in drug testing designated position are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document(s): *Resume/CV (Required for ALL Applicants)
Applicants are not required, but highly encouraged to submit the following document:
*Non-Award SF-50 (VA, other Federal Employees, and Reinstatement eligible
*OF-306 Declaration For Federal Employment https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf(Required if selected)
*VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf (Required if selected)
*Copy of Transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if selected)
Please use this checklist to make sure 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 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 1944477.
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.