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Job Title:  Physician Assistant
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-672-13-NX883404-JH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 29, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Juan, PR View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 883404       You may be appointed at GS Grade 11, 12, 13, or 14, depending on your qualifications.  A Professional Standards Board will determine the grade.  THIS IS A RE-ANNOUNCEMENT.


Want to live in an Enchanted Island?  Come work for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System where we provide services to veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  These islands enjoy year round summer, and you can experience Caribbean culture, history and diverse activities.  As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico offers the conveniences of the mainland and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands is only 30 minutes away.  Join us to experience the wonders of working and living in paradise.

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.


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional 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.


VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  


  • No


  • 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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1.      Performs initial histories and physical examinations on outpatients referred to the Dermatology Clinic.

2.      Provides and coordinates comprehensive care for assigned patients in Dermatology care setting.

3.      Performs periodic physical examinations on patients consulted to the Dermatology Clinic.

4.      Assists the supervising physician during major procedures.

5.      Initiate request for consultation in collaboration with Dermatology physician.

6.      Perform shave biopsies, punch biopsies and electrodessication and curettage of selected benign and malignant lesions.

7.      Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, and  imaging studies pertinent to the care of Dermatology patients.

8.      Carries out health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making.

9.      Draws blood or obtains specimens for laboratory testing as needed.

10.   Writes orders and prescriptions, as necessary, for the care of the patient in accordance with Federal law.

11.   Makes impatient rounds to observe and record patient’s medical progress of patients consulted to Dermatology, updates and summarizes medical records, orders prescriptions when appropriate (as permitted in Scope of Practice), and notifies the responsible physician of significant changes in the patient’s condition. 

12.   Documents progress notes in the patient’s medical record.

13.   Obtains consent and documents procedures performed for which the PA is responsible.

14.   Provides education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs.

15.   Provides virtual care through diverse modalities such as store and forward or Telemedicine.




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Basic Requirements as stipulated in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G8 dated 4/15/2002:

Citizenship:  Must be a citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Education or Training:  Graduate of 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 Graduate 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 Graduate from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progresively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician.

Certification:  Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) or be a current VA eemployee on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993.

English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).



Selective Placement Factor:  Must be proficient in speaking and understanding the Spanish language.


Preferred Qualification:  Dermatology experience.






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


Physical Requirements:  Light lifting (under 15 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with biohazardous materials.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


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 .


Recruitment/relocation incentive not authorized.  Moving expenses are not authorized.



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

If the appointment status is temporary, the following conditions apply: The appointment may be terminated at any time, may be extended up to the maximum time allowable by current law/regulation without further competition, or the appointment does not confer permanent status or eligibility.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment)

·         Applicants must meet any physical, language, license, certification, or degree requirements.

·         Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

·         New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation.  

·         If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification.

·         Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database. 

·         If applicable, incumbent may be subject to a manager/supervisor probationary period.  

·         New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability. 

·         Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.  This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.


Drug Free Workplace: This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.  After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs.  Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.  Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.




NOTE: Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process.  For information about PBI, you may access

NOTE:  “Candidate will work afterhours, weekends, Holidays and irregular work hours.  Candidate must be willing to be detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services, if necessary.”

NOTE:  If announcement indicates a "cut off date", applications received after that date will be considered in the order they are received.



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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 ( ) 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: T883404.  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 Wednesday, May 29, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume. (Required)
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Copy of the NCCPA certification. (Required)
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


If you do not provide all applicable documents, your application will not be accepted.



John Hernandez-Pagan
Phone: (787)641-7582x13166
Agency Information:
VHA Caribbean Islands HCS
Human Resources Management Service
10 Casia Street
San Juan, PR


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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