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Job Title:Physician Assistant (General Surgery)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528-13-AQ859688-RH

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$48,878.00 to $88,400.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 15, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0603-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Buffalo, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 859688

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.


As a VA Physician Assistant, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physician assistants) 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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DUTIES:  Physician Assistants in this role are accountable for providing specialty health care in the General Surgery and/or follow-up care for this specific group of patients with emphasis on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and promotion of optimal wellness.  Patient information is obtained through the performance of a health status assessment that may include history and physical exam, and diagnostic studies.  Using this information, a treatment plan is formulated, implemented, evaluated and communicated to other providers.  Care is provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Physician Assistants also assist during surgical procedures in the Operating Room.  Physician Assistants work collaboratively with other members of the health care team and will be under the direct supervision of a General Surgeon. Physician Assistants identify, analyze and resolve problems whose resolution results in the improvement of care to patients.

 

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.

                                                                           


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States

 

Education:   Bachelor’s degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor’s degree in a health care occupation or health-related science or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.

 

Certification:  Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Experience: 

Grade 8 (Associate grade):  None beyond the basic requirement.

Grade 9 (Full grade): Approximately 2 years of successful practice as a PA or a bachelor’s degree and approximately 1 year of practice or a master’s degree.

Grade 11 (Intermediate grade): Approximately 4 years of successful practice as a PA or a bachelor’s degree and approximately 3 years of practice or a master’s degree and approximately 2 years of practice.

Grade 12 (Senior grade): Approximately 6 years of successful practice as a PA or a bachelor’s degree and approximately 5 years of practice or a master’s degree and approximately 4 years of practice.

  

English Language Proficiency:  Physician Assistants appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-8 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc 

 

 

Physical Requirements: Physician Assistant Functional requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15–44 lbs); Straight Pulling (Intermittent); Pushing (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (1or more hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Climbing, legs only (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision/correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement (far vision correctable 20/50 in one eye 20/100 in other); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); ability to hear whispered voice w/ or w/o hearing aid; Emotional and mental stability.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/about-va/index.asp.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.    Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: TTAG:VacancyID.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 05, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1.    CV or Resume.

2.    VA Form 10-2850c - Application for for Associated Health Occupations (Available  at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

3.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214  or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

4.    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rose M. Harrison
Phone: (716)862-6005
Fax: (716)862-3281
Email: ROSEMARIE.HARRISON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Western New York HCS Buffalo
Healthcare System
Buffalo, NY
14215 Fax: (716)862-3281

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

528-13-AQ859688-RH

Control Number:

339834600