U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$123,274.00 to $160,257.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$123,274 to $160,257 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant is primarily responsible for the medical/surgical needs of the inpatients and outpatients in Cardiothoracic surgery in close collaboration with the Cardiothoracic Fellow. Additional duties will include, but are not limited to conducting research within Cardiothoracic surgery, performing a full range of administrative duties and education support. Provide medical/surgical care for both inpatients and outpatients in the Cardiothoracic surgery section. The Cardiothoracic surgery service deals with highly complex medical/surgical conditions, often with multiple co-morbidities. the patients encountered on this service comes from many different VA hospitals up to 5 hours away, often with difficult social issues. The difficult medical management coupled with long distance social issues requires the PA to have exemplary communication skills and diligence. The PA also functions as a coordinator between the attending physicians and other team members and will establish/maintain relations with other key services to include: Medicine, Radiology, Social Work, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Nursing and Dietetics.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm; this position has on call duties
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
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The PA shall coordinate patient care programs based upon the patient complaint(s) and shall perform the following duties:
· Performs admission history/physicals, preoperative evaluations, orders, progress notes, aftercare plans, and discharge summaries.
· Demonstrate the ability to manage postoperative cardio thoracic surgical patients in the ICU setting.
· Provides medical education/counseling of patients and their families with a focus on excellent customer service.
· Perform endoscopic and open Saphenous Vein/Radial Artery harvest independent of the attending surgeon or cardiac fellow.
· Assists the surgeon in the operating room, including prepping, draping, and first and/or second assisting for cardiac and/or thoracic surgical procedures.
· Participate in discharge planning and coordinate clinical needs of the patient with outside facilities, and care givers, and promote adherence to cyber-security initiatives.
· Demonstrate leadership and initiative in representing cardio thoracic surgery service when interacting with other disciplines within the VA system.
· Coordinate and facilitate the necessary workup and application process for patients who need consideration for heart transplant.
· Attend meeting for CME and stay current on research that applies to cardio thoracic surgery. Apply current evidence based concepts to clinical practice in order to best care for the patient.
· Active and participating member on the Operative and Invasive Board. Serve as a representative to surgical service in this multi-disciplinary board which is charged with making executive-level decisions concerning the safety and reporting of all operative and invasive procedures performed at the VA.
· Currently evaluates the preoperative versus postoperative diagnosis discrepancy report, which is generated in the surgical package, for accuracy and completeness. Implement the necessary education and change in order to maintain accurate record as mandated by JACHO.
· Active and participating member of the Staff Education committee.
· Participate in the education and training of PA/Medical Students that rotate through cardio thoracic surgery service.
· Central point of contact for all PA programs that send students for surgical rotation to the VA, and work closely with the clinical coordinators to ensure students are meeting the required learning objectives.
Job family (Series)
0603 Physician Assistant
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
Basic Requirements: 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:
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
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in a 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 the 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.
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.
Grade Determinations: Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment .
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and 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;
(d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
(2) Management/Administrative. One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated:
(a) Evaluates service level 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.
(b) Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned.
(c) Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.
(d) Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.
(e) Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.
(3) Clinical Competencies
(a) Clinical Proficiency
1. Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems.
2. Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade.
3. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade.
4. First or second assists in surgical procedures.
(b) Professional Development
1. Acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff.
2. Serves as a clinical preceptor for students or organizes and participates in facility Clinical educational programs.
3. Makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility.
(c) Ethics. Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment.
(d) Interpersonal Skills
1. Communicates and collaborates effectively with other facility staff and outside institutions when applicable to the area of assignment.
2. Effectively promotes the physician assistant profession to health care staff, patients and other stakeholders at the local level.
3. Makes significant contributions which serve to enhance the distinctive role of PAs within the local institution and the health care system.
1. Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or;
2. Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Must possess mental and emotional stability. Functional requirements include the following abilities: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, light carrying under 15 pounds, walking for (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, hear the whispered voice (aid permitted).
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
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
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.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850 can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/26/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Trenia Baker Trenia Baker
Charles George VA Medical Center
1100 Tunnel Road
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