Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant-OC in Dayton, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Dayton, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (142 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (219 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1816143

The Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) is looking for applicants who possess integrity and character to become employees that are committed to serving our Nation's Veterans. Employees that place the needs of others ahead of their own, who treat all with dignity and respect, while consistently striving for excellence in their workmanship. Every position at the Dayton VAMC; regardless of job title, provides the opportunity to make a meaningful and personal contribution to America's Veterans. For more information on why choosing to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs is a good career choice, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-=choose-va/index.asp .

OUR MISSION: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.**

These positions are located within Mental Health Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. 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 and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the National, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. You may want to market the great benefits of working for the Government such as paid vacation and Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K) with matching contributions.

The city of Dayton, known as the birthplace of flight, is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Southwestern Ohio and is within an hour drive of Cincinnati and Columbus. The Dayton metropolitan has five universities', affordable real estate, excellent school systems, museums, theater, seasonal recreational opportunities, and is the home of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Dayton VA Medical Center is a tertiary care facility that provides acute, nursing home, mental health hospice/palliative, and domiciliary care in an affiliated teaching and research environment. For more information about the Dayton area, please visit: http://www.daytongcvb.com .

Duties

The Physician Assistant is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the patient's medical and psychiatric care in collaboration with psychiatrists, ED staff and other medical professionals in the Medical Center. The Physician Assistant is expected to provide direct patient care by performing comprehensive psychiatric assessments on an urgent or routine basis after hours within the Medical Center. The incumbent will work in collaboration with psychiatrists/physicians primarily in Building 330, to include Emergency, medical/surgical units and the inpatient psychiatric unit. The Incumbent will admit and plan initial treatment for a variety of patients with psychiatric problems. Admission entails a full physical examination as well as a complete mental status examination. The incumbent works primarily in the Mental Health Service and prioritizes requests to see patients with psychiatric problems, but is available, after hours, to the Hospice and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation units. The incumbent will have the availability of hospitalists for consultation on medical/surgical floors. The incumbent will formulate a differential diagnosis based on findings using the DSM-5 criteria, prescribe pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in the direct management of acute and chronic disorders, as well as promote wellness and the prevention of illness. Incumbent will review diagnostic test findings, develop and document the plan of care, and evaluate the care provided.

  • Serve as a clinical consultant, resource, mentor and role model to other Physician Assistants

  • Participates in performance improvement activities of monitoring and evaluation within the Dayton VA Mental Health Service.

  • Systematically evaluates current clinical practice findings and adjusts the Veterans' treatment modalities accordingly.

  • Recognizes the need for collaboration or consultation, when appropriate, for complex clinical issues.

  • Research, promotes, utilizes and participates in research to enhance the provision of care to Veterans within the Dayton VA Mental Health Service

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.**

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations – Required
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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

  • 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).

  • Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

  • Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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. All physician assistants must meet the requirements in subparagraphs above.

Grade Determinations:

VN-9 Full Grade ($67,232-$87,160) and VN-11 Intermediate Grade ($81,343-$105,751).

VN-12 Senior Grade ($91,288-$118,675)

Completion of the requirements in one of the following paragraphs:

Practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors described below. Generally, individuals with the education in section A of this appendix can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 6 years of practice as a PA.

a. Working effectively with others on a consistent basis and establishing relationships with professional and/or other health care related groups in the community, and

b. Significant and sustained contributions to the PA profession which may include publication or publishable works, membership on task forces, intramural or extramural committees, consulting, development of educational media, scientific inquiry, or use of creative approaches to enhance quality of patient care and productivity of providers, and

c. Practice as a PA characterized by leadership and accomplishments in developing and implementing programs to improve the delivery of patient care, and by proficiency in one of the following areas:

(1) Clinical Practice. Systematically evaluates current clinical practice; initiates change in clinical practice based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; demonstrates such expertise in patient care that advice is sought by others. PAs involved in surgical procedures perform as first or second assistant to the surgeon in charge. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patient care programs;

(2) Administration. Initiates changes in the system for delivering patient care based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; uses sound judgment in making decisions; manages staff; develops staff for patient care leadership assignments.

(3) Education. Assesses, plans, implements, coordinates and evaluates educational programs and activities; initiates change in education programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; teaches effectively and creatively; provides guidance to others involved in the delivery of the education program.

(4) Research. Demonstrates thorough grounding in research methodology; designs and conducts scientific inquiry; promotes and assists others in the application of findings from research and/or studies; guides and directs others in research activity; contributes through conducting scientifically meritorious inquiry and publishable findings; or

(a) A Bachelor's degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 5 years of practice as a PA; or

(b) Master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a bachelor's degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these after approximately 4 years of practice as a PA; or

(c) Master's degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the education described in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 4 years of practice as a PA; or

(d) Doctoral degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a bachelor's or master’s degree from a PA training program certified by the CAAHP; and successful practice as a PA which demonstrates the behaviors such as those in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the education in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 2 years of practice as a PA.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.*If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).*

Preferred Experience: Mental Health

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 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:**Moderate Lifting (15-44 lb); Pushing (1– 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2-8 hours); Standing (2 to 8 hours); Kneeling (0-1) hours; Able to visually examine; Depth preception; Ability to distinguish shades or color Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, up to $120,000 depending on the amount of verified qualifying debt balance and funding availability. Eligibility to apply does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Approval for EDRP awards are subject to the availability of funding and other qualifying factors. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.**

Salary Range: $67,232.00 to $141,125.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452250800

Job Announcement Number: KO-17-GW-1816143-BU