Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant in West Haven, Connecticut

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • West Haven, CT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (11 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820469

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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 Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.

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.

For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


This full-time, Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant position is assigned to the Operative Care Line (OCL) at the West Haven Campus of VA Connecticut. We are interested in acquiring the employment of an experienced cardiothoracic physician assistant. The physician Assistant (PA) is an agent of the managing physician in providing clinical care to patients in this medical center. As a medical professional, the PA is responsible for reporting his/her patient care activities in the medical record. As a physician assistant, he/she is authorized to enter clinical orders in the medical records of patients admitted to the Operative Care Line for care. Duties include but are not limited to:

OR Duties:

  • Proficient in open and endoscopic saphenous vein harvest (at least 2 years of experience with vein harvest is required).

  • First assist or second assist in cardiac and thoracic procedures.

Other required duties:

  • Clinical care of cardiothoracic patients including preoperative evaluation and work-up, perioperative and postoperative care.

  • Evaluating and management of cardiothoracic patients in the outpatient clinic.

  • Clinical documentation, including daily progress notes, H&Ps;, procedure consent, and discharge summaries.

  • Bedside procedures including wound care.

  • Work with clinical nurses, social workers, and case managers to streamline patient flow and care.

  • Patient scheduling and processing of consults.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm, hours may vary (No alternate work schedules are available)

Functional Statement: Physician Assistant/AD-0603-00

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:

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


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:

Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA


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

Grade Requirements: In addition to the basic requirements, there are specific qualifications (education, experience and competencies) for each grade.

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8, 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: 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 hour); 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

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

Other Information

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.

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

Salary Range: $55,327.00 to $124,037.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0603-00/00

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453018700

Job Announcement Number: VHA-689-17-CHDB1820469