The Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service is recruiting a full-time permanent medical Physician Assistant to support the SARRTP program within their service. The incumbent will provide medical care such as regularly addressing primary care concerns and occasional urgent care assessments for patients on the SARRTP residential rehabilitation service.
The incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
- Participate in the screening process for patient's requesting admission to SARRTP specifically assessing for medical stability.
- Perform admission medical history and physicals for patients admitted to SARRTP.
- Order appropriate admission labs and follow up on results. Order diagnostic studies such as X-rays, electrocardiograms, etc., to include HIV test and cultures and evaluate results of tests.
- Provide ongoing outpatient level medical care to patients.
- Provide consultation to the emergency room to determine need for further care of patients with medical concerns, psychiatric illness, and substance abuse concerns.
- Order medical care including, but not limited to: diets, medications, supplies, equipment, therapies, and nursing care.
- Perform mental status examinations.
- Provide preventive health education and counseling for individuals or groups on topics including health, HIV, tobacco use cessation, and substance abuse.
- Participate in group counseling.
- Work with team in case management and coordination of care.
- Attend staffing for patients on SARRTP.
- Function as a member of assigned committees, task forces, and investigative teams.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Functional Statement Title: Physician Assistant
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Bachelors degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or graduation fro a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at a minimum 5 years.
Certification. You must be have obtained certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant's (NCCPA).
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.
Compensation will be determined by the Physician Assistant Professional Standards Board based off individuals education, experience and qualification.
Pre-employment physical. You will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment physical at a VA Medical Center.
Fingerprinting/Background Investigation: You will be required to successfully complete the fingerprinting process at a VA Medical Center as well as complete the background investigation process.
This is a random drug testing position.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1970303.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.