Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant - GI/Hepatology in Houston, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Houston, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/5/2017 (347 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1818800

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.

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.


This position is located in the GI/Hepatology section of the Medical Care Line. He/She will serve as an integral member of the GI/Hepatology Unit interdisciplinary team with active participation in the daily flow and management of inpatients and outpatients scheduled the Hepatology Clinics. He/She will be responsible for the following:

  • Screen all consults for advanced diseases of the liver and schedules accordingly.
  • Schedule patients for the appropriate clinic(s), following discussion with GI/Heptaology attending physicians.
  • Negotiate appointment dates and times with patients.
  • Assists in arranging for housing for patients living >50 miles from Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Medical Center (MEDVAMC) and/or assists in arranging hospital admissions if indicated.
  • Educate the patients and or caretakers regarding appropriate reparation for procedures.
  • Order all necessary pre-procedure laboratory test, imaging exams and medications.
  • Coordinate IFC patients referred for specialized testing and/or procedures.
  • Perform initial history and physical examinations on outpatients in Hepatology Clinic, Liver and Transplant Clinics and GI Specialty Prime Care Clinics
  • Perform and complete pre-assessment evaluations and documents findings in CPRS, GI/ Hepatology templates and all other required MEDVAMC forms.
  • Educate patients, their family and/or caretakers regarding their disease process, management plans, and potential outcomes; in conjunction with supervising attending physicians.
  • Obtain informed consent for all routine, therapeutic and advanced endoscopic procedures.
  • Contact patients to confirm appointments, give preparation instructions, follow-up on outcomes, and disseminate information.
  • Review all pathology and sends letters with the final results to patients.
  • Ensure malignant pathology is reviewed by attending physician who reviewed the CPRS record.
  • Answer phone requests from patients in a timely manner (within 24 hours).
  • Provide primary care and routine follow-up to patients enrolled in GI clinic.
  • Screen outpatients to determine need for immediate and further care to include history and physical exams and consultation (generally via phone) with the patient's primary care provider.
  • Prescribe medications within defined scope of practice.
  • Order diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, X-rays, electrocardiograms.
  • Coordinate admissions as needed by the patient and as dictated by training.
  • Schedule diagnostic tests (CT scans, ultrasounds, MRI, MRCP, etc.).
  • Provide education and counseling to patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions and use of prescribed treatments.
  • Attend departmental conferences as scheduled; including weekly GI Grand Rounds and weekly Interdisciplinary Tumor Board Conference.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm (Includes days/times and whether alternate work schedule is available)

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant - GI/Hepatology, Medical Care Line

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 of 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 Physicians Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

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.

*Preferred Experience: *Some experience in clinical setting, particularly GI/Hepatology medicine.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G8. 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: 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, 25 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 25 pounds and over; Pushing (1 hours); Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $55,116.00 to $122,336.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452576000

Job Announcement Number: JP-17-1818800-TLW-BU