This position is located in theOncologySection, Medicine Service, Salisbury VA Medical Center, Salisbury, NC. The Physician Assistant(PA) will be fully qualified and certified to function in both a clinical and administrative role in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Salisbury VA Medical Center.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A Physician Assistant practices under the general supervision of the Clinical Director of the Hematology and Oncology Section of Medicine Services to provide comprehensive care of hematologic or oncologic conditions. Obtains and evaluates medical histories, performs physical examinations, performs therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, and orders laboratory studies, radiographs, electrocardiograms, and other special examinations. Collects specimens for pathologic examination.
Analyzes and interprets data, formulates problem lists, and establishes plans for solution of clinical problems. Counsels patients on medical problems, use of drugs, expected effects of treatment, diet, and other therapeutic health maintenance matters. Makes entries in patient's permanent medical records and maintains other records, as required.
Knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes, initiatives and customer service programs Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care: Suspicion to Diagnosis and Treatment.
Assess and coordinate treatment for symptom management, and/or refer to appropriate specialty for higher level care needs. Track suspicious imaging and pathology reports to conclusion, assuring timely review by specialists. Assess and link patient to additional services when needed, i.e. alcohol treatment, nutrition, palliative care, hospice as necessary.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant
A. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
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.
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 for a period not to exceed two years.
D. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
F. Restriction. 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.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS. In addition to the basic requirements stated in paragraph 2 above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate the elements described.
Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment
(1) 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 SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 VA HANDBOOK 5005/78 PART II APPENDIX G8 II-G8-5
(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. VA HANDBOOK 5005/78 SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 PART II APPENDIX G8 II-G8-6
(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.
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.
Preferred Experience: Physician Assistant withexperience in Allergy & Immunology/Dermatology.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements:?, The work requires some walking, standing, bending, lifting and carrying light items such as paper, books, and charts. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Other(10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations) *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1993921.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.