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Job Title:Physician Assistant (Orthopedics)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:71-13 RLN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$83,472.00 to $108,512.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Friday, June 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0603-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 870173870173


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.

 

This position is located at the Surgical Service, Alaska VA Healthcare System, Anchorage, Alaska.

Job Summary:  General Orthopedic clinical evaluation and treatment; surgical assistant to the Orthopedic Surgeon.  The Anchorage VA is a stand-alone Outpatient Clinic with no inpatient services but does provide Outpatient surgical services including OR procedures.  673rd Medical Group is a Joint-Venture Facility and necessary inpatient and Operating Room services may be provided there.  No weekend duty is involved.  There is no on-call activity with this position.  Community Based Outpatient Clinic Travel will be required

 

Alaska - Where else can you enjoy amazing wildlife, breathtaking glaciers, and midnight summer baseball? Alaska offers vistas and natural wonder to fill a lifetime with comfortable summer temperatures and midnight sun.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are", our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

 

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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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Functions as a dependent care provider who is highly skilled in the management and the diseases of the musculoskeletal system.  The Anchorage Orthopedic Service functions as an outpatient orthopedic clinic providing routine orthopedic clinic care and outpatient surgical services in the operating room.  Inpatient and outpatient procedures are also provided at the 673rd Medical Group.  Splinting, casting experience and knowledge of Orthopedic braces required.

 

The Orthopedic PA practices and implements current safety policies and procedures and implements opportunities to improve environmental and operational safety per JCAHO guidelines. 

 

Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.)

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 for 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.  A pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment.

 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:

Experience as a Physician Assistant is desirable. Surgical and Orthopedic experience is also desired.

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is preferred. All Surgical Service providers are required to show proof of current American Heart Association BLS training at the time of credentialing and privileging.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:  In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.

a. Associate Grade.  None beyond basic requirements.

b. Full Grade. Completion of one of the following requirements:

(1)Successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the abilities in subparagraphs (a) and (b) below.  Generally, individuals meeting the education requirements in the "certification" section above can demonstrate these skills after approximately 2 years of practice as a PA.  The complexity of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures which the candidate is capable of performing, as a result of experience as a PA, have expanded significantly beyond those required of employees meeting the minimum requirements for entry into the occupation.

(a)Ability to work effectively with patients, families or significant others, with professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services; and

(b)Ability to provide effective care to patients; i.e. assesses, plans, implements, documents, evaluates patient care; manages care for assigned patients; initiates effective actions in emergencies; or

(2)A Bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA and practice as a PA which demonstrates abilities such as those described in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, individuals attaining the education level specified in this subparagraph can demonstrate the abilities described in subparagraphs (a) and (b) above after approximately 1 year of practice as a PA; or

(3) Master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a baccalaureate degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA; or

(4) Master's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA.

c. Intermediate Grade.  Completion of requirements in one of the following paragraphs:

(1) PA practice characterized by leadership in improving patient care; demonstrated ability to work effectively with others; and proficiency in one of the following four groups of behaviors (subparagraphs (a), (b), (c), or (d) below).  The PA is able to perform more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures than PAs at Full grade and seeks guidance from the supervising physician less frequently than PAs at lower grade levels and more readily identifies complex patient care situations where referral to the supervising physician is required.  Generally, individuals meeting the education requirements in the "Basic Requirements" above can successfully demonstrate one of these groups of behaviors after approximately 4 years of practice.

(a)Clinical Skills.  Uses sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting and evaluating patient care; applies current concepts and findings from research and/or studies to practice; shares clinical expertise with professional and supportive personnel; accurately documents and reports care; identifies, analyzes and resolves patient care problems whose resolution results in the significant improvement of care to patients; demonstrates such expertise in patient care so as to be recognized by others.

(b) Managerial Skills.  Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of patient care; applies current concepts and findings from research and/or studies to practice; uses sound judgment in making decisions; is timely and accurate in corresponding and reporting; analyzes and resolves problems that impeded the delivery of patient care and services.

(c) Instructional Skills.  Assesses, plans, implements, documents and evaluates educational activities; applies current concepts and findings from research and/or studies to practice; uses effective and creative teaching methods; encourages active participation of learners in meeting their own needs.

(d) Research Skills.  Under supervisory guidance of the managing physician, accepts professional responsibility for a scientific investigation expected to result in a publishable addition to scientific knowledge; resolves problems ordinarily entailed in the accomplishment of a project; interprets findings; prepares reports and papers; or

(2) A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA and practice as a PA which demonstrates behaviors such as those described in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 3 years of practice as a PA; or

(3) Master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a baccalaureate degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA; and practice as a PA which demonstrates behaviors such as those described in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, an individual with the education described in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 2 years of practice as a PA; or

(4) Master's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA; and practice as a PA which demonstrates behaviors such as those described in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, an individual with the education described in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 2 years of practice as a PA; or

(5) Doctoral degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a baccalaureate or masters degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA.

d Senior Grade.  Completion of the requirements in one of the following paragraphs:

(1) Practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors described below. Generally, individuals with the education in the "Basic Requirements" section can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 6 years of practice as a PA.

(a) Working effectively with others on a consistent basis and establishing relationships with professional and/or other health care related groups in the community, and

(b) Significant and sustained contributions to the PA profession which may include publication or publishable works, membership on task forces, intramural or extramural committees, consulting, development of educational media, scientific inquiry, or use of creative approaches to enhance quality of patient care and productivity of providers, and

(c) Practice as a PA characterized by leadership and accomplishments in developing and implementing programs to improve the delivery of patient care, and by proficiency in one of the following areas:

1. Clinical Practice.  Systematically evaluates current clinical practice; initiates change in clinical practice based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; demonstrates such expertise in patient care that advice is sought by others.  PA's involved in surgical procedures perform as first or second assistant to the surgeon in charge.  Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patient care programs;'

2. Administration. Initiates changes in the system for delivering patient care based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; uses sound judgment in making decisions; manages staff; develops staff for patient care leadership assignments.

3. Education.  Assesses, plans, implements, coordinates and evaluates educational programs and activities; initiates change in education programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; teaches effectively and creatively; provides guidance to others involved in the delivery of the education program.

4.Research. Demonstrates thorough grounding in research methodology; designs and conducts scientific inquiry; promotes and assists others in the application of findings from research and/or studies; guides and directs others in research activity; contributes through conducting scientifically meritorious inquiry and publishable findings; or

(2) A Bachelor's degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 5 years of practice as a PA; or

(3) Master's degree in a  health care occupation or a health-related science and a bachelor's degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these after approximately 4 years of practice as a PA; or

(4) Master's degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the education described in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 4 years of practice as a PA.

(5) Doctoral degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a bachelor's or masters degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above.  Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 2 years of practice as a PA.

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

References :  VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office)


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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate carrying (15 - 44 lbs); Straight pulling (up to 1 hour); Pulling hand over hand (up to 1 hour); Pushing (up to 1 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

 

 

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


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.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 21, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (You must include VA Form 10-2850-c Application for Associated Health Occupations)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·Resume
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript



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

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.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 870173.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 21, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rose L. Notti
Phone: (907)257-4750
Email: ROSE.NOTTI@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Alaska HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
HRMS
1201 N Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK
99504

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:

71-13 RLN

Control Number:

344099600