Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Primary Care) in Salem, Oregon
The Physician Assistant (PA) within the Primary Care Division is a trained professional supporting the primary care mission of the Service. The PA works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician with delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Staff. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
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The PA functions with delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Staff. The primary duty of the PA is to manage the responsibility of providing primary care services to a defined panel of patients. The primary focus of practice is the independent clinical evaluation and treatment of Veterans. Comprehensive primary care will be provided to male and female Veterans. The PA functions as a member of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), collaborating with clinical and administrative support to provide timely, quality, coordinated care for Veterans. The incumbent is responsible to contribute to the achievement of quality of care standards, efficiency, process improvement and patient satisfaction within the Primary Care Division, in particular to the incumbent's assigned panel of Primary Care patients. The incumbent is expected to practice in accordance with professional standards, core values, and with a commitment to service excellence.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; varying tours Financial Discloser Report: Not required
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0603 Physician Assistant
- Assistants, Physician
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
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). * Certification: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. * 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. * Licensure and Registration. Physician Assistants must possess a current, full Oregon (OR) license to practice medicine and must have a collaborating VA Portland HCS Physician assigned to their license and have a current practice agreement filed with the OR Medical Board (OMB). All Physician Assistants must maintain full and current certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Grade Determinations: Senior Grade. 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 (1) Experience / Education * (a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or * (b) 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 * (c) 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 * (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. (2) Management/Administrative. One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated: * (a) Evaluates service level 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. * (b) Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned. * (c) Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment. * (d) Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned. * (e) Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements. (3) Clinical Competencies * (a) Clinical Proficiency * 1. Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems. * 2. Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade. * 3. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade. * 4. First or second assists in surgical procedures. * (b) Professional Development * 1. Acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff. * 2. Serves as a clinical preceptor for students or organizes and participates in facility clinical educational programs. * 3. Makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility. * (c) Ethics. Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment. * (d) Interpersonal Skills * 1. Communicates and collaborates effectively with other facility staff and outside institutions when applicable to the area of assignment. * 2. Effectively promotes the physician assistant profession to health care staff, patients and other stakeholders at the local level. * 3. Makes significant contributions which serve to enhance the distinctive role of PAs within the local institution and the health care system. * (e) Research * 1. Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or; * 2. Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/78, PART II, APPENDIX G8
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for is GS-12
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary, however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts, or driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE:**Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- VA FORM 10-2850c
VA Form 10-2850c can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklistto 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
- Other Veterans Document
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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/28/2018 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
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Agency contact information
VA Portland Health Care System 3710 Southwest US Veterans Hospital Road Portland, OR 97239 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510943400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 09/28/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 12
Salary: $77,929 to $101,308 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time