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Job Title:Physician Assistant (Medical Service, Hospitalist Section)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-558-13-DU873685-LCK

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

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$64,374.00 to $109,611.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 873685

Since 1953, VAMC Durham has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina. In addition to our main facility in Durham, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —


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 physicians 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.


EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM: Selectee for this position will be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, if funds are available. This is not an entitlement. You must apply and be approved for the program.


As a condition of employment with the Durham VAMC, the selectee will have to obtain/maintain  a  license with the State Of North Carolina as a Physician Assistant (PA) in the specialty which they are being appointed to.   


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


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


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Tour of Duty:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


The Durham VA Medical Center is recruiting a Physician’s Assistant for the in-patient Hospitalist Team.  This PA will be fully qualified and certified to function in both a clinical and administrative role and in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  This individual is delegated the authority and responsibility to assume clinical, consultative, educational, research, and administrative duties and assignments related to the care of in-hospital patients.  The PA Hospitalist is directly responsible to the supervising physician.  The following description covers the most significant duties performed but does not exclude other assigned responsibilities.
• The primary focus of practice is the clinical management of in- patients assigned to the hospitalist patient care team. 
• Participates as a key member of the patient care team to formulate treatment plans and monitor patient progress
• Utilizes and promotes approved standards of care, procedures, methods, techniques, safety precautions, and protocols in their application to in-patients.
• Collaborates with other medical center health care resources to insure continuity of care.
• Keeps abreast of the latest trends, skills, procedures, equipment and protocols relevant to the care of in-patients
• Facilitates the care of patients as well as their entry and exit from various health care systems by establishing and maintaining liaison with a variety of medical specialists and associated staff.
• Coordinates discharge planning
• Promotes and participates in the delivery of patient and family health care education.
• Attends conferences and committee meetings as assigned by the supervising physician.
• Participates, directs, and provides opportunities for staff development through in-service education.
• Facilitates responses/actions to patient inquires regarding care and treatment received.
• Assures self-development responsibilities and maintains current knowledge of trends in the management of in-patients.
• Participates in clinical research programs when appropriate.
Required Qualifications
• U.S. Citizenship, Birth or Naturalized (appropriate documentation required)
• Must have a bachelor’s degree from a Physician Assistant Training Program which is certified  by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a bachelor’s degree in a health care occupation or a health related science OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsmen, 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. 
• Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
• Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d), 7407(d).


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a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:
(1) A 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
(2) 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 a health-related science; or
(3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of 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.
c. 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 on VA rolls as of that date.
d. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. 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), and 7407(d).


Preferred Qualifications


• Two years of Internal Medicine experience required, and/or experience providing medical care to patients with multiple co-morbid chronic conditions.
• Experience working with an interdisciplinary team.



Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD 


Physical Requirements:   This position requires light lifting, under 15 pounds.  Use of fingers, both hands required.  Moderate walking and standing.  Near visin correctable at 13 to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4.  Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 inthe other.  Both eyes are required.  Good near and distant vision corrected or uncorrected.  Ability to distinguish basic colors.  Hearing without aid.  Conversation voice.  Emotional and mental stability.  Must possess mental and emotional 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: 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


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.


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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

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


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


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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 10-2850 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 ( ) 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 ( 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:

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 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 26, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.    CV or Resume.

2.    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at ) (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

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


Claudette Forrest
Phone: (919)286-6858
Agency Information:
Thank You, NC


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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