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Job Title:  Physician Assistant (Dermatology)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VS-13-ML-937350

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$72,540.00 to $112,136.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OR View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 937350

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.  

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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

The Physician Assistant in Dermatology is a member of an interdisciplinary team providing medical/surgical services to patients in need of Dermatological care.  The PA works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician 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.


  • 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


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FUNCTIONS:  The following duties are coarried out under the supervision of the physician of record or a designee agent of the supervising physician.



  1. Incumbent will serve as an agent for supervising physicians.  Orders written by him/her are to be considered as coming from the supervising physician(s).
  2. The incumbent will be responsible for initial screening of patients in outpatient clinics.  A screening may include history, physical exams, ordering laboratory tests and x-rays, electrocardiograms, and other routine diagnostic test.  May institute appropriate treatment for minor orthopedic problems.
  3. Prescriptive privileges will follow the guidelines.  The prescribing of drugs for inpatients is restricted to routine medications and DEA Class II, III and IV controlled substances.  The incumbent will be authorized to prescribe all routine medications as listed in the VA Pharmacy Formulary with the exception of chemothrerapeutic agents, antiocoagulants and special medications restricted to approval by another section or department.
  4. The incumbent will initiate evaluations and therapy for patiens as outlined in their physician assistant practice description on file in the Operative Care Division offices and may write prescriptions for medication as commensurate with their VA prescriptive privileges.
  5. Participates in the screening of in-hospital consultation received, may be written or verbal.
  6. Performs simple laceration suturing; venipuncture; arterio-puncture; skin escision; cryotherapy; suture removal; administration of intramuscular, subcutaneous and intradermal injections; administers local nerve blocks; performs procedures such as administration of local anesthetics and corticosteroids; and cleansing and debridement of wounds as needed.
  7. Management and care of the Dermatology instruments in Dermatology clinics.
  8. excision of skin lesions within the scope of practice of the incumbent.
  9. Conduct Dermatology patient and family teaching/education to provide continuity of care.
  10. The incumbent shall be available for assisting with procedures as needed.



  1. Screening of consultations and scheduling patients into the appropriate clinic.
  2. Assist in responding to patient inquiries receive by the VAMC Telephone Care Program and with clinical issues brought forth by an orthopedic team member or other personnel within or outside of the VAMC.
  3. Direct scheduling of appropriate x-rays and diagnostic tests in advance of clinic dates.



The following duties may be performed by the incumbent only after direct consultation and the approval of the responsible physician:

  1. Wound aspiration.
  2. Wound incision and drainage.
  3. wound irrigation
  4. Suture of minor wounds and incisions
  5. Administer IM medications.



The following emergency duties are to be carried out for patients in life threatening situations when a physician is not immediately available.  The PA is to initiate these activities, but make every effort to summon a physician as soon as possible:

  1. Cardiopulmonary resusctitation (CPR) including electrodefibrillation
  2. Treatment of acute respiratory failure
  3. Treatment of life threatening traumatic injuries
  4. Endotracheal intubation


Work Schedule: The incumbent will be responsible for working a 40 hour per week tour of duty as approved.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at the Portland VA Medical Center and speak with David Frank, the EDRP Coordinator, at (503)220-8262 extension 57323 for additional information.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are
 authorized for this position.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   
  • 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.

  • English Language Proficiency


Preferred Experience: Health care experience must total at least 5 years.


Associate Grade:  None beyond the basic requirements.

Full Grade: Demonstrated skills after approximately 2yrs of practice as a PA; or Master's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the ARC-PA; or 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

INTERMEDIATE GRADE: 4 yrs of practice in one of the following groups of behaviors; Clinical Skills; or Mangerial Skills; or Instructional Skills; or Research Skills.

SENIOR GRADE: 6 yrs of practice in one of the following groups of behaviors; Clinical Practice; or Administration; or Education; or Research.

CHIEF GRADE: 8 yrs of practice as a PA; practice must have consistently demonstrated all of the following behaviors; Clinical Practice; or Administrative Assignments; or Educational Assignments; or Research Assignments.


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8

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: Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted); depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; far vision correctable in one to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; emotional and mental stability.

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 Member-4 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

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.


-This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
-This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
-Applicants without prior federal service will be appointed at step one of the grade.
- Public transit subsidy benefits are available and carpooling assistance is provided; however, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.
- This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
- The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


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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 Friday, November 01, 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.


The following documents are required:

  1. Résumé (required)
  2. Signed 10-2850c, "Application for Associated Health Occupations (Revision Jul 2006) ( (required)
  3. Responses to the questionnaire (required)
  4. Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify.
  5. Signed OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" (Revision Oct 2011) (
  6. If a VA Employee, please submit most recent non-award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF
  7. Any other documents required by the checklist.
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 937350.
  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, November 01, 2013Friday, November 01, 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.


Michael Lokrantz
Phone: (503)273-5236
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Portland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
Portland, OR
97239 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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