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Job Title:Physician Assistant Orthopedic Surgery

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-652-13-CDE-908367

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$58,569.00 to $91,260.00 / Per Year


Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 908367

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.

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. 

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.

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


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


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The Physician Assistant (Orthopedic Surgery) is assigned to Surgical Service at the VAMC in Richmond, Virginia.

The Physician Assistant will be responsible for the primary medical and surgical needs of inpatients in the Orthopedic service. Duties will include but not limited to, the evaluation of current medical and surgical problems, administrative assistance, quality assurance and educational support.

Routine Clinical Duties include:

·         Admission History and physicals, admission orders, aftercare plans and discharge summaries

·         Provide Medical education/counseling of patients and their families.

·         Assist the surgeon in the operating room, including prepping and draping and first or second assist in surgery.

·         Promote patient care programs for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and periodically update them based upon current and new concepts, research as well as findings of the attending physician.

·         Integrates the activities of the Orthopedic Surgery service with other patient care programs at the facility.

·         Provide medical and surgical care for both inpatients and outpatients in the Orthopedic section. Assist in managing patients that often have complex medical and musculoskeketal problems.

·         Assist with adult Orthopedic surgery including truama, arthroscopic, total joints hand and upper extremity and foot/ankle surgeries.

·         Performs fractures and dislocations care, reductions and cast applications for Orthopedic patients.

·         Performs various traction techniques for Orthopedic patients.

·         Individual will function as an assistant for Orthopedic Surgery outpatient clinics.



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Education/Training -

A bachelor's degree from a Physician Assistant training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA);


Graduation from a Physician Assistant 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,

Graduation from a Physician Assistant 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.

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 Physician Assistants on VA rolls as of that date.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


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 Requirements:

The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

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 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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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 Tuesday, July 09, 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,, 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.


Failure to submit all required documents listed below before the closing date of this announcement will result in an ineligible rating.

  • Current Resume or CV Required
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) Required
  • Declaration of Federal Employment OF 306 – ( (all applicants except current Richmond VAMC employees) Required
  • Copies of two (2) most recent annual proficiency reports or performance evaluations.
  • Current Federal employees (except current Richmond VAMC employees) must submit a copy of their latest/last Notification of Personnel Action SF-50B.
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire Required
  • Veterans eligibility documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letters, as appropriate.
  • Copies of official college transcript(s). Required
  • Copies of all licenses and specialty board certifications.Required


Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 908367.
  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 Tuesday, July 09, 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  
  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.


Cindy Eckerd
Phone: (804)675-5095
Agency Information:
VHA Richmond VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs MC
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
HR Management Service - 05
Richmond, VA


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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