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Job Title:Physician Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13BK-219

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$46,493.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Monday, January 27, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 897448 

OUR MISSION: 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.

This vacancy will be used to fill (1) Full-time (40 hours per week), permanent appointment position at the Albany VA Medical Center, Department of Surgery.  Tour of duty is various, 12 hour shifts (6PM-6AM) week nights and day or night 12 hour shifts (6AM-6PM or 6PM-6AM) including weekends and holidays. 


Applicants who applied to 528D-13MMS-006 need not re-apply.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research.  We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you.  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

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.  The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.


Grade determination will be based on the incumbent meeting the basic requirements and additional criteria for each grade according to the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.  The grade/rate breakdown is as follows:

GS-08 (Associate Grade) $46,493-$57,221

GS-09 (Full Grade) $52,643-$65,108

GS-11 (Intermediate Grade) $57,408-$74,628

GS-12 (Senior Grade) $68,809-$89,450

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).  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.

Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.

Position may be filled prior to the closing date.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy.  Applications will be reviewed every two weeks.  If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Certification by the NCCPA
  • Qualifying education
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • U.S. Citizenship required


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The Physician Assistant in the Department of Surgery is a member of an interdisciplinary team providing medical services to surgical patients on the wards and in the Intensive Care Unit.  The PA works under the direction and supervision of a licensed surgeon with delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Staff.  Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.

The duties of the PA in the Surgical Department are, but not limited to:

Admitting patients from the Emergency Department and from other locations as well as handling direct admissions.

Provides admitting histories, physical examination, orders, daily (or more frequent) progress notes, discharge or transfer summaries, and communications to consulting providers.

Initial evaluation of some surgical consultations in the ED with direct communication with attending level surgical staff.

Assesses patients, orders and interprets diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, initiates consults and referrals, and supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary and State Regulations.

Providing care for hospitalized patients in Surgical Services

Formulates and initiates health care teaching for hospitalized patients and their families.

Discharging patients from acute care to other levels of care within the Medical Center or to home.

Collaboration with Primary Care and Home Care providers at discharge.

Transferring patients to other units within the hospital.


The candidate must be available to work 12 hour shifts (6PM-6AM) week nights and day or night 12 hour shifts (6AM-6PM or 6PM-6AM) including weekends and holidays. 







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Meets VA standards (VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G8) for employment including:

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.      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).

The Physician Assistant is a member of the Medical Staff, under supervision of a specified physician, with delineated clinical privileges.  Candidate must be skilled in basic invasive procedures appropriate for hospital practice and certified by their appropriate professional board.


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard

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.




Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending.  The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable to perform the duties of the position. 

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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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

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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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 Monday, January 27, 2014 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,, 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.


Resume (required)

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 897448.
  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 Monday, January 27, 2014 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  
  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.


Bobbie Kirsch
Phone: (518)626-7091
Fax: (518)626-6777
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Stratton VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY
Fax: (518)626-6777


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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