Applicant's note: This announcement is being used to fill various specialties. You must choose which specialties you want to be considered for. You may select Orthopedics, General Surgery/Colo-Rectal, Otolaryngology/ENT, or more than one specialty. But, you must select at least one when you apply. You will be considered for the specialties you select when you apply. Applicants may also be considered for any additional specialty vacancies that become available in the next 90 days.
Surgery Service at Orlando VA Medical Center is seeking experienced and dynamic mid-level Physician Assistants (PAs) for various sections with its service line: Orthopedic, General Surgery/Colo-Rectal and Otolaryngology/ENT. The ideal applicants are ones who want to contribute to the achievement of quality care standards, as well as the growth and development of a new VA academic hospital program. Must be an excellent communicator and team player who is adaptable to the needs of a rapidly growing medical center. Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assists in surgery; and provide advanced level care for Veteran patients, sometimes under the review and/or co-signature of a physician.? Evaluates patients in the clinics, Emergency Department, in patient wards, etc. for pre and post operative care.
Assesses and diagnoses patients' conditions through history taking, record reviews, physical examinations, treatment plans, etc.
Writes orders for diagnostic testing including laboratory, X-rays, imaging studies/EKGs, ventilator management, blood and urine tests and any other special testing and studies whenever indicated.
Prescribes medications, and provide education and counseling to Veterans and their families regarding medical condition, prescribed treatments and drugs, diagnostic options, review of treatment plans, discussions of patient goals, etc. for patients to attain optimum physical, physiological, sociological and psychological balance within the limitations imposed by their illnesses.
Establishes professional working relationship with clinical service providers within the medical center, Outpatient Clinics (OPCs), and the Community Base Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), provide telephone consultation, screen inpatient/outpatient consults for appropriate and timely care prior to scheduling and communicate with inpatient multidisciplinary team members, such as pharmacy, dietary, IT, lab, other specialists/providers.? Works independently and demonstrate expertise in judgment, as allowed by VA policies, with delegated prescriptive authority for appropriate classes of medications.
Provides patient care in accordance with professional standards, core values and commitment to service excellence.
May attend meetings, conferences, etc. as a representative of Surgery Service.
Other duties and responsibilities for specific specialty areas include, but are not limited to:
Evaluates patients and performs history & physical exams.
Assists surgeons in the operating room.
Assists with call coverage (1st line).
Reviews Orthopedic Consultations and initiates consultations to other services.
Provides education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatments and medications.
Having experience in the management of general medical orthopedic conditions.
Seeing new and follow-up patients under the authority of the attending clinic ENT, perform H&P exams as necessary for pre-operative evaluation, will order/interpret diagnostic tests, perform clinic procedures (e.g. upper endoscopy, skin biopsy), develop treatment plans, schedule follow-up and assist with surgery scheduling, triage unscheduled walk-ins, and share in ENT call.
Performs minor procedures (e.g. skin biopsy, drainage of peritonsillar abscess) in a clinical setting, inpatient setting and in Urgent Care areas. To obtain operating room privileges which will allow for surgical assistance in the operating room when called upon by the ENT surgeon.
Conducts patient education/counseling (e.g. disease process, recommended therapy/procedure, adverse effects of therapy, expected outcomes, pre-op instruction, and wound care); and conducts patient consultation in the absence of an ENT surgeon. Oversite to all attending ENTs clinic, surgery and on-call schedules.
The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando, including the new Lake Nona campus.
The selectee may also be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis, based on patient care needs.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in similar positions within corporate Orlando. This includes the same grade level and occupational series, but may be used for a different service or location.Basic Requirements:
Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States.
Education: (1) Must have graduated from 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) Must have 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. This requirement does not apply to PAs who were on VA rolls as a PA prior to September 5, 2014.
Certification. As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to non-certified PAs who have never been certified and were on VA rolls as a PA prior to March 12, 1993.
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).
Physical Requirements. Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. Incumbent must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below.
Preferred Experience, Training and Qualifications:
Professional practice characterized by progressively more responsible leadership assignment in clinical, administrative, educational and/or research areas.
Has the desire to train and mentor medical students and residents.
Highly preferred graduate from a program that's directly related to the desired specialty area(s).
Two or more years of clinical experience in the desired specialty is highly desired.
Preferred education: Master of Science Physician Assistant
A certified PA with a surgical background is preferred, but not required.
Excellence in patient care is required.
Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation. All applicants to this announcement must meet the requirements in subparagraphs a through e above.
NOTE: The grading requirements (intermediate grade through chief grade) for this position can be found in the reference below.
Reference: Please refer to VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 - Physician Assistant Qualification Standards for specific grade requirements.Physical Requirements: The incumbent of the position performs direct patient care and must meet the below physical requirements to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Repetitive lifting and carrying 45 lbs. or over; straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulders, use of fingers and both hands; functional fingers for keyboard use; pushing/pulling medical equipment and patients in wheel chairs; walking up to ?,Ë mile; squatting; standing for 1-2 hours; kneeling and bending forward repetitively; bending below knees repetitively; near vision (correctable); far vision (correctable); ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (hearing aid is permitted); and emotional stability.
Environmental Factors: Inside work, constant noise, dust, fumes, smoke or gases, working closely with others, protracted or irregular hours of work, exposure to infectious diseases.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume/CV: For each job/position listed on resume, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.
Copy of your college transcripts- You may submit unofficial transcripts of bachelor's degree (or higher education) to apply. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position.
Copy of your current, active certificate from the NCCPA
The following additional supporting documents should be submitted, if applicable to you:
SF-50: If you are a current VA/Federal employee, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (that is not an award SF-50).
To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy).
Disabled Veterans & those claiming 10-Point Preference must submit: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form. Please read page 2 of the form for acceptable supporting documents. (Available at: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
Those claiming any other type of Veterans Preference must submit: Additional proof of the Veterans Preference eligibility
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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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 .