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Physician Assistant (Ortho)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Rochester
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Job Description:

The Physician Assistant position is located within the Medical VA Care Line within the Finger Lakes Healthcare System and the incumbent will be required to travel between 3 sites.

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


  • Obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations.
  • Providing and coordinating medical care for assigned patients in any care setting, including establishing diagnoses, formulating and implementing care plans, and providing follow-up care.
  • Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays, EKGs, etc.
  • Evaluating outpatients to determine the need for further health care.
  • Ordering diagnostic studies and other special tests, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, etc.
  • Carrying out health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education activities.
  • Ordering or obtaining laboratory specimens.
  • Initiates requests for consults, prosthetics & (non-med) treatments.
  • Ordering ancillary services, such as, pharmacy, social services, physical medicine and rehabilitation therapies, prosthetic services, etc.
  • Ordering VA specialty service consults and initiating requests for non-VA medical care and consults in accordance with VHA and local facility policy and procedures.
  • Writing orders for or prescribing medications.
  • Admits patients to appropriate level of care.
  • Suture removal.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


    Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Position Information:


    • This is a shared position between Canandaigua, Bath and ROPC
    • This position will require regular travel between the 3 sites
    • You will be expected to be at 1 location 2 days a week and another location 3 days a week.
    • You will be expected to report to either duty station at the start of your normal tour and remain until the end of your tour
    • As these two facilities will be your primary duty station(s) you will be expected to use your own vehicle, use of a government vehicle is prohibited for commuting.


      To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/05/2019.

      Basic Requirements:


      • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      • Education: The candidate must meet the following: (1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; AND (2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
      • Certification: (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA; (2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis.
      • 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).
      • Successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination.


        Grade Determinations:

        Full Grade: Experience/Education - None beyond the basic requirements, (2) Clinical Competencies, (a) Clinical Proficiency (1) Provides effective care to patients characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating patient care for assigned patients. This includes possessing the skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans, and modify treatment plans when appropriate; (2) Works effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations where referral is appropriate; (3) References quality improvement information and organizes patient care needs to assure safe, efficient and cost-effective care; (4) Initiates effective actions in emergencies; (b) Professional Development: (1) Obtains additional knowledge and skills appropriate to the practice setting to improve performance; (2) provides patient education in an effective manner; (c) Ethics: Safeguards patient privacy and confidentiality. Provides care in nonjudgmental, non-discriminatory manner respecting the patient's values and beliefs; (d) Interpersonal Skills: Works effectively with patients, families, caregivers, and other professional and support personnel; (e) Research: (1) Demonstrate awareness of research application to practice; (2) Researches medical literature and applies evidence-based medicine to improve clinical practice.

        Intermediate Grade: Experience / Education: (a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or (b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or (c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; (2) Clinical Competencies: (a) Clinical Proficiency; (1) Effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade; (2) Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade; (3) Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade; (4) Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care; (b) Professional Development: (1) Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice; (2) Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery; (3) Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance; (4) Serves as a clinical preceptor to healthcare students; (5) Serves on service level committees or subcommittees when assigned; (c) Ethics: (1) Identifies medical ethical issues and takes appropriate actions; (2) Supports and enhances patient self-determination; (d) Interpersonal Skills: Collaborates effectively with other occupations and services to identify, analyze, and resolve patient care problems; (e) Research: (1) Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery; (2) Uses a body of research to validate or change group practice.

        Senior Grade: Experience / Education: (a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or (b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or (c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education; (2) Management/Administrative: One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated: (a) Evaluates service level patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes; (b) Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned;(c) Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment; (d) Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned; (e) Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements; (3) Clinical Competencies: (a) Clinical Proficiency; (1) Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems; (2) Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade; (3) Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade; (4) First or second assists in surgical procedures. (b) Professional Development; (1) Acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff; (2) Serves as a clinical preceptor for students or organizes and participates in facility clinical educational programs; (3) Makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility; (c) Ethics; Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment; (d) Interpersonal Skills; (1) Communicates and collaborates effectively with other facility staff and outside institutions when applicable to the area of assignment; (2) Effectively promotes the physician assistant profession to health care staff, patients and other stakeholders at the local level; (3) Makes significant contributions which serve to enhance the distinctive role of PAs within the local institution and the health care system; (e) Research; (1) Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or (2) Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Rochester , Physician Assistant (Ortho), Healthcare , Rochester, New York

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