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Job Title:PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (GASTRO)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-14-MED-1044688-PMM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$77,635.00 to $103,254.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0603-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1044688

 

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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.

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

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/   .  

NOTE:   Please submit all required documents.   Failure to submit required documents may result in loss of further consideration.

 

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

 

THIS VACANCY IS BEING ADVERTISED TO BE FILLED BY EITHER A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (THIS ANNOUNCEMENT) OR A NURSE PRACTIONER (SEPERATE ANNOUNCEMENT).  THERE IS ONLY ONE (1) VACANCY IN MEDICINE (GASTRO) SERVICE.  .  

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • 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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This Physician Assistant  provides support to Gastroenterology physicians throughout a variety of clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health areas.  Working closely with the other Gatroenterology staff, the incumbent will play a key role in the development and improvement of clinical programs in areas including, diagnostic and interventional GI procedures, Hepatitis C, and general gastroenterology. 

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT)

*Follow-up on clinic patient care issues.

*Coordination of GI procedures, including those requiring conscious sedation.

*Conduct selective diagnostic tests or endoscopic procedures with physician assistance, guidance and/or advise immediately available.

*Foster patient trust and confidence through integrity, knowledge, teaching, availability and continuity. 

*Assesses and implements treatment for a variety of common outpatient gastroenterological conditions, with the assistance, corroboration and advise of s staff gastroenterologist in weekly GI and Hepatitis Clinics.

*Reviews patient medical records thoroughly, integrates information into diagnostic and therapeutic plan in consultation with staff gastrenterologist.

*Makes appropriate referrals for patient-specific consultation services.

*Provides follow-up lab results and other tests to patients.

*Always presents and discusses cases and plans with an attending staff gastroenterologist.  Notes MUST BE SIGNED by physician staff within seven (7) days in accordance with the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners Rules and Regulations for Certifications and Practice by Physician Assistants.

*Schedules, assists, or conducts non invasive Gastroenterology tests.

*Demonstrates practical knowledge and experience identifying indications and contraindications of diagnostic testing.

*Identifies possible complications of flexible sigmoidoscopies and other gastroenterological procedures and responds appropriately.

*Identifies age-related healthcare barriers and develops plans to continue to effectively implement care and teaching plans.

*Maintains thoughtful, considerate, and appropriate relationships with patients, colleagues and staff.

 

 

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday 0800-1630

 

This is a Bargaining Unit Position

 

There is no Recruitment/Relocation Incentive Authorized for this position.

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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+REQUIRED:

- Proof of current valid licensure is required.

- Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States

- Physical Standards: See detailed description below 

- English Language Proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

 

PREFERRED:

The candidate must possess excellent problem-solving, communication, systems thinking and organizational skills.

A minimum of one year of PA experience.

30wpm with 95% accuracy typing ability.

 

BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT:

(1) Citizen of the United States

(2) 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).

(3) Certification - As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA) is a requirements for employment.  This requirement does not apply to non-certified PAs on VA rolls as of that date.

(4) Physical Requirements - see detailed description below.

(5) Education or Training:  The candidate must meet one of the following:

    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

    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 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.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

Physical Requirements:  Light carrying less than 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking one hour; mostly sitting; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other eye; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted), working with hands in water; working closely with others; and protracted or irregular hours of work. 

 

 


REQUIRED:

*  Applicants must meet any physical, language, certification, or degree requirements.

*  Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug        screening for illegal drug use.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

*  New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

*  An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, must be submitted prior to appointment.  This form is available at www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of306.pdf.

 

 

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.

Conditions of Employment: Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.  It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.

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. 

Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.   It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.



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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE 10-2850a MAY RESULT IN A NON-QUALIFICATION. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form 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.

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: T1044688.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

VA-Form 10-2850c - Application for Physician Assistant - Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

Optional Documents:

In addition to required  or VA form 10-2850c , we highly recommend that you provide the following documents:

1.  CV or Resume, which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.  For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which your are applying.  Be sure to include experience worked as a NP, RN and LPN, PA, Independent Duty Medical Corpsman, Medical Technologist, or Medical Technician.    It is also extremely important that you provide the following in your resume/application packet:  Evidence of Leadership Experience, Professional Recognition/Nursing Organizations, Performance Evaluations, Significant and Distinguished Contributions, Teaching Experience, Significant Nursing Focused Community Contributions.  

2.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (showing the characterization of service).   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). (if applicable).

3.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (if applicable - if SF-50 not submitted with application packet, we will not be able to verify federal employment).

4.  Copy of college transcripts that list the GPA, degree earned, and date conferred.

 

5.  Copy of BLS, ACLS, national certifications.

 

6.  Copy of last two performance evaluations.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Edward D. Schneider
Phone: (303)399-8020x5722
Email: EDWARD.SCHNEIDER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO
80220

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.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-14-MED-1044688-PMM

Control Number:

360890500