Physician Assistant (Urology)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Charleston, SC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 760573

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.

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 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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves more than 53,000 veterans in 22 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline in our main Medical Center or one of six community-based outpatient clinics. The main Medical Center provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient primary and mental health care to low country veterans who require more then 659,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The 117 bed hospital currently operates 96 beds and a 28 bed nursing home unit. Charleston VAMC supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

The VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, has a vacancy for a full-time Physician Assistant in the specialty of Urology in our Surgical Service providing care to veteran patients.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals with disabilitities are encouraged to apply.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. 1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 10/18/2012.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

Background and-or Security Investigation required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

English Language Proficiency required

DUTIES:
Surgery Service, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is seeking a Physician Assistant (PA) to provide services in our Urology service and will report directly to the Chief of Urology for clinical and administrative duties. The successful candidate will be responsible for the care and administrative needs of surgical patients in in patient and outpatient settings, and will also function as a coordinator between attending physicians and the other team members to include nursing. CLINICAL duties include Outpatient-Admission history and physicals, admission orders, consult screening and evaluation, pre-operative work ups, and assist as needed with ward patients; provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families; manage clinic patients; as needed assisting urology team in the operating room, prepping and draping and first and second assist in surgery; prescribing appropriate medication; and serving as a Clinical Facilitator integrating the activities of the urology surgery service with other facility programs. ADMINISTRATIVE duties include planning, organizing, coordinating, evaluating the care provided on urology surgery services and reporting recommendations to the Chief of each service line. EDUCATIONAL assignments include developing and implementing topic-based in-service training for primary care providers within the sub specialty field of urology surgery to encourage appropriate and timely referrals; actively participating in the education of residents and students. RESEARCH assignments include participating in merit-reviewed, approved research projects to develop publishable material for appropriate professional journals.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30 pm

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WELL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
a. Citizenship . Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

b. Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:
(1) A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); OR
(2) 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
(3) Graduation from 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 least 5 years.

( 4) Minimum of 18 months experience working in advanced, specialty-specific urologic practice is HIGHLY PREFERRED.
c. Certification. As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to non-certified PA's on VA rolls as of that date.

d. Physical Standards. Meet meet the physical standards established for this position.

e. English Language Proficiency. Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Qualification Standard: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G8 (Physician Assistant), dated 4/15/2002. http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm . ]

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary/trial period of 2 years.

VetPro Credentialing:
Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. the candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Drug Testing Designated Positions: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following web site: HTTP: //www.va.gov/pbi to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Drug Testing Designated Positions : In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...