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Job Title:Physician Assistant (Radiology Service)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-LDI-944033

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$42,401.00 to $110,459.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Friday, September 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0603-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 944033

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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

 

As a VA  Physican's 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.

 

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

 

Relocation expenses are not authorized 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPEN FOR ONE (1) MONTH, APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED EVERY WEEK.

 

APPLICANT'S EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE WILL BY REVIEWED BY A PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Certication by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:

The Physician Assistant will be administratively assigned to the Interventional Radiology section (with Imaging Service Product Line) and will report directly to the Chief, Radiology Service.  Incumbent will evaluates and treat patients in the inpatient, outpatient and ER setting, obtains complete histories and performs pertinent physical exams with assessment of normal and abnormal findings on new patients.  Orders and furnishes medications, performs designated minor Interventional Radiology procedures and initiates arrangements for hospital admissions and discharges and completes appropriate paperwork.  Manages patient care in the inpatient setting, in collaboration with the supervising physician and assists with discharge planning, appropriate paperwork and discharge medication.  Assist the supervising physician in procedures when needed as a clinical applications technician or assistant.  Incumbent prioritizes and manages all aspects of IR scheduling, consents, and ensures all pre-operative medical clearance is complete.  Performs other duties as assigned.  Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is required for this position. 

 

 

Tour of Duty:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with on call responsibilities as needed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet the Basic qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, dated 4/15/02.

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 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.  Physical Standards.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 EEnglish 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).

 FRestriction.  Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation.  All physician assistants must meet the requirements in subparagraphs a through e above.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

  1. Lifting up to 45lbs (intermittently)
  2. Carrying up to 45lbs (intermittently)
  3. Repeated bending
  4. Straight Pulling up to 45lbs (intermittently)
  5. Straight Pushing up to 45lbs (intermittently)
  6. Stooping (intermittently)
  7. Squatting (intermittently)
  8. Kneeling (occasionally)
  9. Use of both arms
  10. Use of both hands
  11. Use of fingers
  12. Overhead work; both arms(intermittently)
  13. Prolonged walking (up to 4 hrs/day)
  14. Prolonged standing (up to 4 hrs/day)
  15. Sitting (up to 2 hrs/day)



 


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 paragraph 2c of section A 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 section A of this appendix 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 impede 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 section A of this appendix 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.  PAs 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; or

 (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.

 e.  Chief Grade

 (1)  General.  Chief grade is restricted to selected leadership positions.  The individual’s qualifications as well as the scope and complexity of the assignment are considered.

 (2)  Education.  The preferred minimum education for this grade is a master’s degree from a PA training program certified by the ARC-PA or a master’s degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a baccalaureate degree from a PA training program certified by the ARC-PA.  However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the master’s degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken difficult or complex clinical, administrative, research and/or educational assignments which have required an unusual degree of leadership and competence.

 (3)  Experience.  Professional practice characterized by progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical, administrative, educational and/or research areas.  An individual can demonstrate these abilities after approximately 8 years of practice as a PA.  Practice must have consistently demonstrated all of the following behaviors (if applicable to the assignment):

 (a)  Establishes and maintains relationships within the service, with facility management and other services that result in improved patient care.

 (b)  Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling a complex integrated health care program.

 (c)  Makes decisions which serve to enhance the distinctive and contributory role of PAs within the local institution and the total health care system.

 (d)  Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of health services.

 (e)  Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel.

 (f)  Assures implementation, maintenance and compliance with standards of professional practice of all health care personnel within the program.

 (4)  Scope and Complexity of Assignment

 (a)  PA Assignments.  Examples of assignments which may justify Chief grade include coordinators or others in leadership roles in such areas as quality assurance, ambulatory care, nursing home care, domiciliary, cardiac catheterization, organ transplant, surgery, or spinal cord injury.  These assignments are typically located in settings requiring extensive coordination with a wide variety of specialties/subspecialties and other special programs.  The complexity of the assignment must also be such that leadership and an exceptional degree of competence are required.

 (b)  Complexity Determinations.  Factors to be considered in evaluating the scope and complexity of an assignment in one or more of the following areas are as follows:

 
1.  Clinical Practice

 a.  Systematically evaluates patient care program; and

 b.  Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; and,

 c.  Successfully integrates the activities of the employee’s assignment with other patient care programs at the facility and with similar programs on a broader geographic basis; and

 d.  Consistently demonstrates expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill multi-symptomatic patients.

 2.  Administrative Assignments

 a.  Plans, organizes, coordinates, controls and evaluates complex medical programs, including follow-up actions required by internal and external review organizations and/or accrediting bodies; and

 b.  Participates in executive-level decision-making deliberations; and

 c.  Performs a full range of administrative duties.

 3.  Educational Assignments

 a.  Develops and implements broad education and training programs involving a variety of specialties in widely diversified activities; and

 b.  Provides personnel with the vital link between education and practice; and

 c.  Coordinates and maintains close relationships with affiliated schools, professional organizations, certifying bodies, and program directors of students of the PA program and other disciplines who rotate through the medical facility; and

 d.  Serves on education and training committees, advisory groups, and special task forces concerned with managing education and career development activities.

 4.  Research Assignments

 a.  Conducts merit-reviewed, approved research projects; performs independent research, serves as a primary contributing member of a research team or serves as co-chair of a research committee; formulates research proposals and protocol submissions to Central Office for merit review; and develops publishable material for appropriate professional journals or speaks to peer groups; or

 b.  Effectively researches problems of major scope; directs independent research of considerable interest and value, where the research contribution is highly productive and of such quality and originality as to have marked the PA as a significant contributor to advances in patient care and services.


 SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARDS

 

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete the following forms within 3 days from the date of the tentative offer of employment: 

 

If you are selected for this position, an Official Transcript will be required in order to verify the educational requirement.      

You may upload the completed forms to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded forms again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  

 

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.  

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 13, 2013 

 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID # 944033.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

 

You may upload completed forms to your USAJOBS account if you apply online.  You can then use the uploaded forms when applying for future vacancies.  For help uploading documents or for other general questions, please see the HELP/FAQ's link at the bottom of the USAJOBS webpage



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV, Resume or VA Form 10-2850 (If submitting a resume please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.  If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked). VA Form 10-2850 can be found at the following: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp
  2. Copy of Transcripts OR on your CV/Resume/10-2850 provide the institution(s) name, degree(s) conferred, and the month(s)/year(s) completed
  3. Online Assessment Questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Linda Derriso
Phone: (513)559-3600x3662
Email: LINDA.DERRISO@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH
45220

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.

 

NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made.  Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment.  Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-NV-13-LDI-944033

Control Number:

349667300