<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is for a Physician Assistant (PA) in the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) at the Salem VA Medical Center. The PA is directly responsible to the residential program psychiatrist(s) and the Chief of the MHSL. PA is accountable for the provision of direct patient care and for the delivery of quality care to a culturally diverse Veteran population with complex needs. PA provides support services in performing the administrative and residential services in the MHSL.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Responsibilities and duties for the position include but are not limited to the following: <ul> <li>Provides support services to the MHSL attending psychiatrists in performing the following administrative and residential services at the Salem VAMC.</li> <li>Works in conjunction with the residential care program psychiatrists, providing mostly medical care to the patients in the residential programs, including history and physical examinations. </li> <li>Assist attending psychiatrists in performing complete evaluations on VA patients in the residential programs, ordering and interpreting appropriate lab, x-ray, and special studies. </li> <li>Establishing a working diagnosis based upon acquired data and developing a treatment plan for surgical and medical conditions in accordance with current expected practice and in consultation with others. </li> <li>Implements therapeutic intervention and provide appropriate follow-up care.</li> <li>Exercise judgment on conditions requiring consultation, referral, or evaluation by the supervising psychiatrist or other healthcare professionals. </li> <li>Perform complete History & Physicals (H&P) on mental health patients, identifying and alerting the attending psychiatrists to any disqualifying conditions that present. </li> <li>Evaluates care and order appropriate labs, special studies, diet, and therapeutic interventions required. </li> <li>Formulates and implements discharge planning and clinical follow-up, and assist the psychiatrists on dictating discharge summaries, in conjunction with the psychiatrist.</li> <li>Evaluate, screen, and counsel patients on health maintenance and promote utilization of community resources. </li> <li>Design, conduct, and/or participate in research studies, manage databases, and perform quality assurance. </li> </ul> <br /><strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Full Time<br /> <strong>Tour of Duty:</strong> 7:45 am to 4:30 pm<br /> <strong>Financial Disclosure Report: </strong>Not required<br /><br /><strong>Incentives:<br /> Education Debt Repayment Plan (</strong>EDRP<strong>): </strong>This position is eligible for Education Debt Repayment Plan (EDRP) based upon the availability of funds. Award amounts is determined after review of complete EDRP application and supporting documentation. Final approval by the Under Secretary for Health or designated official verifies EDRP.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> <li>Must pass pre-employment physical examination</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/19/2019.<br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirements:</strong> <ul> <b> Basic Requirements </b> : </li> <b>United States Citizenship:</b> Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <b>Education:</b> The candidate must meet the following: <ul> <li>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; <b>and</b></li> <li>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.</li> </ul> </li> <b>Certification: </b> <ul> <li>1. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.</li> <li>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 (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.</li> <li>3. If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.</li> </ul> </li> <b>English Language Proficiency:</b> <ul> <li>PA's appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).</li> </ul> </li> <b>Restriction: </b>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 PAs must meet the requirements listed above.</li> </ul> <b>Grade Determinations</b>:<br /> <b> Full Grade: </b><br /> In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph 2, individuals appointed<br /> to this grade must meet all the following requirements: <ul> <b>Experience / Education. </b>None beyond the basic requirements in paragraph 2 of this standard.</li> </ul> <b> Intermediate Grade: </b><br /> Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements: <ul> <b>Experience / Education </b> <ul> <li>1. One year of professional practice as a PA;<b> OR</b></li> <li>2. Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; <b>OR</b></li> <li>3. 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.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <b> Senior Grade: </b><br /> 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. <ul> <b>Experience / Education</b> <ul> <li>1. Three years of professional practice as a PA; <b>OR</b></li> <li>2. Two 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; <b>OR</b></li> <li>3. Two 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; <b>OR</b></li> <li>4. A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.</li> </ul> </li> <b>Management/Administrative</b>: One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated: <ul> <li>1. Evaluates service level patient care delivery systems and validates r identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes.</li> <li>2. Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned.</li> <li>3. Serves n service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.</li> <li>4. Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.</li> <li>5. Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <b> Chief Grade: </b><br /> Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research. <ul> <b>Experience / Education </b> <ul> <li>1. Generally, an individual in this grade is able t demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; <b>AND</b></li> <li>2. The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. 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 a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.</li> </ul> </li> <b>Management/Administrative </b> <ul> <li>1. Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility for managing or coordinating a healthcare program including follow-up actions to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies required by internal and external review organizations and accrediting bodies, <b>AND</b>;</li> <li>2. Successfully integrates the activities of the employee's assignment with other patient care programs at the facility or with similar programs on a broader geographic basis, <b>AND</b>;</li> <li>3. Develops policies and procedures and participates in executive level decision making deliberations, <b>AND</b>; </li> <li>4. Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of services, <b>AND</b>; </li> <li>5. Performs a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <b>References: </b><br /> VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.<br /><br />The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 09 to GS 12. <br /><br /><strong>Preferred Experience:</strong> <ul> <li>Demonstrated psychiatric experience</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>Physical Requirements:</strong><br /> The physical requirements of this position include occasional lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion, and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in an often-noisy environment. There may be an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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 . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure .<br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.<br /><br />Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE: </strong>A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):<br /><br /><ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /> <strong>Your resume must include the following information for each job listed: </strong> <ul> <li><strong>Job title Duties (be as detailed as possible) </strong></li> <li><strong>Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) </strong></li> <li><strong>Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) </strong></li> <li><strong>Series and Grade, if applicable, for all Federal positions you have held </strong></li> </ul> <br /> <strong>Please be aware that your answers will be verified against information provided on your resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. Recommended: Even though we do not require a specific resume format, your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications. To ensure you receive appropriate consideration, please list the duties you performed under each individual job title. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.</strong><br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.<br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>License</li><li>MISC.</li><li>Performance Appraisal</li><li>Professional Certification</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><b>If you are basing your qualifications on education (or a combination of education and experience) or if the position requires a college education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your transcripts with your application.</b><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong><br /> When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.