Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant in Long Beach, California

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

Opened Thursday 3/10/2016 (230 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1648403

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

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The Long Beach VA Medical Center Section of Orthopedic Surgery is recruiting for a Physician Assistant. All applicants must have successfully completed a nationally accredited education program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) and have passed the initial Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). They must hold current certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and must be active in a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for recertification on a biannual basis.

Qualified applicants must have at least 2 years orthopedic experience, with a current unencumbered State of California professional license and a federal DEA license. Proficiency in casting and bracing is required. The Orthopedic Section at the LBVAMC is affiliated with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery of the University of California, Irvine and trains Residents and Medical Students in Orthopedic Surgery. It is expected that the candidate will participate in the education programs as required.

Primary responsibilities include scheduled patient care in the orthopedic clinic which operates daily. Additional duties may include in-patient consultation service and responding first to consultations from the Emergency Department. While Board Certified Orthopedic Attending’s are always present for consultation, it is expected that the PA will function with minimal supervision in patient management matters in a predominantly adult male population. Familiarity with EMR is required and timely fulfillment of VA’s required internal education modules and complying with all applicable Federal, VA, VHA, and facility policies and regulations are expected. Scope of practice will be set based on the core elements for PAs and any expanded scope will be individualized based on documentation of additional training and demonstration of clinical competence.

This medical center operates 24 hours, seven days per week and you may be required to work days, evenings, nights, holidays, and/or weekends, to include modification in shifts and/or tours of duty, to meet medical center and patient care needs.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


CITIZENSHIP: Citizen of the United States.

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 co. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix Allege 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 (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.

(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.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A

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).

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 PAs must meet the requirements in paragraphs 2a through f above.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements: (

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 .

A. Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph 2, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements: (1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements

B. Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. 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: (1) 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.

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact Patricia A. Padilla at (562)826-5651 or e-mail PATRICIA.PADILLA2@VA.GOV.

Other Information

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities refer to this checklist.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

Salary Range: $40,215.00 to $103,053.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 432089900

Job Announcement Number: VR 1648403 T38-16-39 PP