Incumbent will be working in Ophthalmology Section supporting the pre-operative work-up of patients in need of ophthalmic surgery in addition to assisting in the management of patients in the ophthalmology clinic and those requiring minor procedures. She/he assesses the physical, emotional and developmental status of patients and makes positive interventions to maintain, restore or improve health. The PA responsibilities include the evaluation and treatment of the adult and elderly patient. The assessment and treatment of this patient population take into consideration the patient's needs as they relate to physical limitation, unique physiology, and age related illnesses. The incumbent develops, monitors and alters a comprehensive health care treatment program by formulating a comprehensive data base including physical and psychosocial health history, physical examination, ophthalmic examination, special testing required for the ophthalmic evaluation in addition to pre-operative assessment/optimization of patients for surgery, and evaluation of laboratory diagnostic testing, discriminating between normal and abnormal findings in planning treatment intervention therapies and collaborating with the supervisory/attending physician regarding abnormal findings. The incumbent initiates and adjusts selected medications, facilitates the ordering of diagnostic tests, i.e., lab work, x-rays, EKGs, consults, and similar studies; documenting in the medical record all procedures performed. The incumbent participates in interdisciplinary team conferences to assure the quality patient care management. The incumbent will be responsible for answering patient inquiries by phone regarding their conditions/care, and communicating directly with the attending ophthalmology staff to ensure patients receive the best of care.
WORK SCHEDULE:Full-time, Mon - Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm COMPRESSED SCHEDULE NOT AUTHORIZED
FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT #:903460
- This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
- This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
- Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
- Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
- Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
- This position is also posted as a Nurse Practitioner and will be filled with either a Physician Assistant OR Nurse Practitioner
- This position is covered by a special rate.
- This position is in the Excepted Service.
- The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy
- Drug Testing Position: 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 VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
- Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
(1) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
(2) English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
(3) Education. The candidate must meet the following:
(a) 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
(b) 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.
(c) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
(d) 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.
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.
1.Lifting up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
2.Carrying up to 45 lbs. (intermittently
4.Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(intermittently)
5.Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (intermittently)
9.Use of both arms
10.Use of both hands
11.Use of fingers
12.Overhead work; both arms (intermittently)
13.Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs./day)
14.Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs./day)
15.Sitting (up to 2 hrs./day)
16.Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
17.Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
18.Ability to distinguish shades of colors
19.Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds
20.Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other Veterans Document
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.
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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 1957459.
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.