The Fargo VA Health Care System is hiring a full-time Physician Assistant to provide care to veterans under the Primary and Specialty Medicine Service Line. Incumbent will perform duties as a Primary Care "Gap" Provider in the outpatient setting. Care will be provided primarily via Telemedicine to patients in the Community Based Outpatient Clinics and/or Fargo as dictated by the staffing needs of the Service Line. Controlled substance prescribing will involve oversight from the collaborating or supervising physician as per state licensing regulations.
* Work Schedule: Clinical Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
* Functional Statement Title/#: Primary Care Physician Assistant
Duties of the Provider:
*Each full time provider is required to work a minimum of 80 hours per pay period (every two weeks) unless on leave status.
*Providers, when assigned to outpatient duties, will be responsible for management of scheduled and unscheduled patients in the outpatient clinics. Each provider's panel size is specific to their practice and setting.
*Providers are expected to act as "surrogates" for the patients of their colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.
*During the course of employment, participation in activities/committees/boards/projects pertinent to the provider's background may be necessary as dictated by strategic or other initiatives and tasks.
*All providers will follow departmental and VHA policies for leave and attendance and will work within Title 38 appointment guidelines. Leave should be requested with as much advanced notice as possible to minimize disruption to patient care services and will be approved based on departmental policies. All unscheduled absences must be properly communicated.
*Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in accordance with departmental policy. All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion. Clinical reminders should be addressed as medically appropriate. Quality of care should meet or exceed professional standards at all times.
*All Medical Staff are expected to comply with CPRS Computer Security and Privacy Act Statements. All providers must complete all annual required training as determined by VHA or Medical Center Policy. All providers are to adhere to OPM (Office of Personnel Management), VHA, Medical Staff By-Laws, and VHA/Medical Center policies and regulations.
Service: Works effectively within a team environment contributing to the effectiveness of the team to deliver safe, cost effective, quality, timely, and patient focused care.
Prior experience with Telemedicinecare is preferred.
* U.S. citizenship. 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 Revie Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA 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) are eligible for appointment not to exceed two years in order to obtain certification. 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) are eligible for appointment not to exceed two years in order to obtain certification.
* Physical. Applicants must complete a pre-employment physical and meet physical standards of the position.
*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).
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.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in paragraph 2 above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. For each grade, applicant's level of clinical proficiency, professional development, ethics, interpersonal skills,research, and management/administrative will be taken into consideration - as well as the following:
Full Grade (GS-9):None beyond the basic requirements noted above.
Intermediate Grade (GS-11): 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.
Senior Grade (GS-12):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.
Chief Grade (GS-13):Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas above after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and, 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.
References:VA Handbook5005, Appendix G8. Physician Assistant Qualification Standard datedSeptember 5, 2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing 8 hours; occasional kneeling; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); and mental/emotional stability.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other Veterans Document
1. CV or Resume (required)
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/forms/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (required).
3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf ) (required)
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 for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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 1915263.
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.