Physician Assistant
Department Of Veterans Affairs - San Juan, PR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 786447 You may be appointed at GS Grade 11, 12, 13, or 14, depending on your qualifications. A Professional Standards Board will determine the grade. THIS IS A RE-ANNOUNCEMENT.

Want to live in an Enchanted Island? Come work for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System where we provide services to veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These islands enjoy year round summer, and you can experience Caribbean culture, history and diverse activities. As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico offers the conveniences of the mainland and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands is only 30 minutes away. Join us to experience the wonders of working and living in paradise.

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional physician assistant, 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required. DUTIES:
1 .
Performs initial
histories and physical examinations on outpatients referred to the Dermatology
Clinic.

2.
Provides and
coordinates comprehensive care for assigned patients in Dermatology care
setting.

3.
Performs periodic
physical examinations on patients consulted to the Dermatology Clinic.

4.
Assists the
supervising physician during major procedures.

5.
Initiate request for
consultation in collaboration with Dermatology physician.

6.
Perform shave
biopsies, punch biopsies and electrodessication and curettage of selected
benign and malignant lesions.

7.
Orders diagnostic
studies such as laboratory tests, and imaging studies pertinent to the
care of Dermatology patients.

8.
Carries out health
promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared
decision-making.

9.
Draws blood or
obtains specimens for laboratory testing as needed.

10. Writes orders and prescriptions, as necessary, for the
care of the patient in accordance with Federal law.

11. Makes impatient rounds to observe and record patient’s
medical progress of patients consulted to Dermatology, updates and summarizes
medical records, orders prescriptions when appropriate (as permitted in Scope of
Practice), and notifies the responsible physician of significant changes in the
patient’s condition.

12. Documents progress notes in the patient’s medical record.

13. Obtains consent and documents procedures performed for
which the PA is responsible.

14. Provides education and counseling of patients and
families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed
treatments and drugs.

15. Provides virtual care through diverse modalities such as
store and forward or Telemedicine .

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements:
Citizenship : Must be a citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).
Education or Training: Graduate of 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 Graduate 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 Graduate from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progresively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician.

Certification: Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) or be a current VA eemployee on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Selective Placement Factor: Must be proficient in speaking and understanding the Spanish language.

Preferred Qualification: Dermatology experience.

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

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:

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 .

Recruitment/relocation incentive not authorized. Moving expenses are not authorized.

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

If the appointment status is temporary, the following conditions apply: The appointment may be terminated at any time, may be extended up to the maximum time allowable by current law/regulation without further competition, or the appointment does not confer permanent status or eligibility.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must meet any physical, language, license, certification, or degree requirements.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation.
  • If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • If applicable, incumbent may be subject to a manager/supervisor probationary period.
  • New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.
Drug Free Workplace : This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs. Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.

NOTES:
NOTE: Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process. For information about PBI, you may access www.va.gov/pbi/pbisite2.htm

NOTE: “Candidate will work afterhours, weekends, Holidays and irregular work hours. Candidate must be willing to be detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services, if necessary.”
NOTE: If announcement indicates a "cut off date", applications received after that date will be considered in the order they are received.

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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...