The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.
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Physician Assistant (PA) for Geriatrics & Extended Care Services (GEC) Community Living Center
The Physician Assistant (PA) for Geriatrics & Extended Care Services (GEC) is responsible for direct patient care and the facilitation of the care plan within the GEC inpatient setting. He/she is expected to manage patient care in an astute manner which promotes positive patient outcomes including the areas of assessment: conducts physical exams and documents findings on initial periodic, episodic and/or annual health histories and physical examinations on patients seen in the clinical setting with exception of the admission History and Physical, which will be confirmed by the supervising physician. This PA is expected to manage patient care by promoting positive patient outcomes including the areas of ordering and interpreting test including diagnostic studies and procedures normally performed as part of general medical care; prescribing, administering, reviewing and evaluating patient's response to pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. This PA will use advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision making and evaluating outcomes to a group of geriatric inpatients in the inpatient GEC setting. They will function as an expert in clinical practice, systematically evaluating current practice and formulating appropriate outcomes for patient groups and/or organizational processes in the inpatient GEC setting. He/she will effectively provide health assessments that address the Veteran's physical, psychosocial and emotional needs. The PA will use professional standards of care, scientific evidence and practice to evaluate programs and/or services provided within the GEC Service. All other duties as assigned
Telework Eligibility:Not Eligible
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Occasional travel - 10% or less to other VAMHCS locations
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 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 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.
Physical Standards: Musthave the mental and physical ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and pass the requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies
English Language Proficiency: Physician Assistants appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English
Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. 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.
(1) Experience / Education
(a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and,
(b) 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.
(a) 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, and;
(b) 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, and;
(c) Develops policies and procedures and participates in executive level decision making deliberations, and;
(d) Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of services, and;
(e) Performs a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.
(3) Clinical Competencies
(a) Clinical Proficiency
1.Evaluates facility patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes, and;
2.Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies, and;
3.Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel, and;
4.Exhibits exceptional clinical skills and consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients.
(b) Professional Development
1.Develops and implements education and training programs involving a variety of specialties in widely diversified activities, and;
2.Provides personnel with the vital link between education and practice.
3.Coordinates clinical training of healthcare students including facilitation of clinical rotations, recruitment preceptors and evaluation of student, and;
4.Maintains close relationships with affiliated schools and healthcare training programs and coordinates clinical rotations with curriculum needs, and;
5.Serves on education and training committees, advisory groups and special task forces concerned with managing education and career development activities.
1.Provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff at the medical facility and the local health care community.
2.Participates in the education of facility staff in ethical concepts and encourages staff participation in ethics educational programs.
(d) Interpersonal Skills
1.Demonstrates leadership in developing productive working relationships with groups in other programs, services, academic settings, and community agencies.
2.Effectively collaborates and interacts with other regional medical facilities to enhance seamless coordination of inter-facility patient care.
1.Conducts approved, merit-reviewed research projects; performs independent research; serves as a contributing member of a research team or serves as a member of a research committee; formulates research proposals and protocol submissions for merit review; and develops publishable material for appropriate professional journals or speaks to peer groups, and;
2.Effectively researches problems of major scope; directs independent research of considerable interest and value, where the research contribution is highly productive and of such quality and originality as to have marked the PA as a significant contributor to advances in patient care and services.
References: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, Dated September 5, 2014
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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