BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the following basic requirements:
Graduation from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education;
Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In order to qualify for this position, your résumé must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your résumé is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.
Your résumé must demonstrate a minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program. Work experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position. Work experience must demonstrate the following:
- Experience with ophthalmic pathophysiology, ophthalmic surgical indications, risks and benefits and ophthalmic post-operative complications.
- Experience with indications and contraindications to perform basic and advanced ophthalmic examinations.
- Experience performing minor surgical procedures such as laceration closure, incision and drainage, and suture removal as directed by staff ophthalmologists.
- Experience using a personal computer, to include Internet and automated systems, such as Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) and Composite Healthcare System I (CHCS I), for data retrieval, clinical documentation and research.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position has a selective placement factor needed in order to qualify. The actual Selective Placement Factor is: current license as a Physician Assistant in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States; AND current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Failure to possess both WILL result in an ineligible rating. Possession of the factor must be verifiable via your resume or supplemental information that is requested in the description listed in Question 1.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:
POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: This position has a Positive Education Requirement. In order to verify that you meet the positive education qualifications for this position, you should submit a complete copy of your transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (Course title, semester/quarter hours and grade). Failure to submit this information may result in an ineligible rating. You may submit your transcripts or list of college courses through the "Application Manager" or by fax. This is the only method in which transcripts can be submitted. Failure to provide this information may result in an ineligible rating. (Faxing instructions may be found under the "How to Apply" section.)
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.
Are you using your education to qualify? For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned). See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Credentialing is required in accordance with BUMEDINST 6320.66
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required.
Current license as a Physician Assistant in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States is required.
Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.
Selectee must successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination.
Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
Work is active and requires standing, sitting, walking, bending, climbing, kneeling and squatting on a recurring basis, as well as lifting of objects over 30 pounds such as transferring and lifting patients from wheelchairs.
Work environment is that of an inpatient unit or ambulatory clinic. The position may entail frequent trips to any and all other areas of the hospital. The incumbent may be exposed to contagious disease, radiation, infection and contact with anxious/emotionally disturbed patients or family members. Work may require the use of special protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, mask, etc.
A security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.
Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment. Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:
Best Qualified - Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position.
Highly Qualified - Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.
Qualified - Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.
If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.