Physician Assistant (Ortho)
Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: December 4, 2019
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
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- Obtaining medical histories and performing physical
- 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,
- Evaluating outpatients to determine the need for further health
- Ordering diagnostic studies and other special tests, such as
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT)
- Carrying out health promotion, disease prevention, and patient
- Ordering or obtaining laboratory specimens.
- Initiates requests for consults, prosthetics & (non-med)
- 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
- This is a shared position between Canandaigua, Bath and
- This position will require regular travel between the 3
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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
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