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Job Title: Physician Assistant (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Washington DC, DC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/09/2018
Expire Date: 04/10/2018
Job Categories: Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Counseling, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Physician Assistant (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

This position is located in the Surgical Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. The Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant will function in both a clinical and administrative role, and in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Clinical:

  • Assist the surgeon in the operating room, including prepping and draping, and first and second assist in Surgery.
  • Design and conduct comprehensive examinations, diagnosis and implementation of treatment plans, admission orders, discharge summaries as well as ordering special labs and radiographic studies.
  • Provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families.
  • Verify, establish and assure that identified pre-operative surgical requirements are met, assure appropriate arrangements have been established for admission, and coordinate inpatient activities on the floor.
  • Diagnose and treat cardiothoracic surgery patients seen in consultation with other health care providers.
  • Primary responsibilities for admissions and medical care of patients.

Administrative:
  • Demonstrate Leadership qualities and experience in progress improvement, tracking and scheduling surgical patients.
  • Evaluate outside consultations presenting to the cardiothoracic surgery section and determines the appropriate disposition, routing and urgency of those consults.
  • Facilitates access to the cardiothoracic team for other Health Care Providers.
  • Participate in quality assurance program with multi-disciplinary group developing criteria for administrative goals in the section.
  • Serves as liaison for the patient through surgical scheduling communication.
  • Participates in programs planning to enhance the throughput of the cardiothoracic clinic and operating room utilization Providers.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm, On-call, Weekends, Holidays
Financial Discloser Report: Not requiredBasic 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: (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's Assistant (NCCPA).
  • 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).
  • Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated 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.
    Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph 2, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
    Experience / Education: None beyond the basic requirements in paragraph 2 of this standard.
    Clinical Competencies
    Clinical Proficiency
    Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated 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:
    Experience / Education:
    1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
    Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 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.
    Clinical Competencies
    Clinical Proficiency
    1. Effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade.
    2. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade.
    3. Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade.
    4. Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care.
  • Professional Development
    1. Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice.
    2. Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery.
    3. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.
    4. Serves as a clinical preceptor to healthcare students.
    5. Serves on service level committees or subcommittees when assigned.
    Ethics
    1. Identifies medical ethical issues and takes appropriate actions.
    2. Supports and enhances patient self-determination.
    (d) Interpersonal Skills. Collaborates effectively with other occupations and services to identify, analyze, and resolve patient care problems.
    Research
    1. Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery.
    2. Uses a body of research to validate or change group practice.
    Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated 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.
    Experience / Education:
    3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
    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
    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; or
    (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
  • 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.
    Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.
    Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.
    Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.
    Clinical Competencies
    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.
    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.
    Ethics. Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment.
  • 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.
    Research
    Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or;
    Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.
    Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated 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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, over 45 pounds; Heavy carrying, over 45 pounds; Straight pulling and pushing; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking and Standing; Kneeling; Repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to jaeger 1-4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 10-2850
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations 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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • 10-2850
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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.
Qualifications & Requirements
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: (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's Assistant (NCCPA).
  • 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).
  • Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated 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.
    Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph 2, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
    Experience / Education: None beyond the basic requirements in paragraph 2 of this standard.
    Clinical Competencies
    Clinical Proficiency
    Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated 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:
    Experience / Education:
    1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
    Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 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.
    Clinical Competencies
    Clinical Proficiency
    1. Effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade.
    2. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade.
    3. Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade.
    4. Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care.
  • Professional Development
    1. Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice.
    2. Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery.
    3. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.
    4. Serves as a clinical preceptor to healthcare students.
    5. Serves on service level committees or subcommittees when assigned.
    Ethics
    1. Identifies medical ethical issues and takes appropriate actions.
    2. Supports and enhances patient self-determination.
    (d) Interpersonal Skills. Collaborates effectively with other occupations and services to identify, analyze, and resolve patient care problems.
    Research
    1. Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery.
    2. Uses a body of research to validate or change group practice.
    Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated 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.
    Experience / Education:
    3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
    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
    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; or
    (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
  • 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.
    Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.
    Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.
    Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.
    Clinical Competencies
    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.
    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.
    Ethics. Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment.
  • 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.
    Research
    Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or;
    Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.
    Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated 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.
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