Physician Assistant GS-0603-11/12 (OCA) (DEU)
Department Of Health And Human Services - Pine Ridge, SD

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The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To be eligible for this position under the Delegated Examining (DE) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-12-AB-823124-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Regional Aberdeen Area, PHS Indian Health Hospital, Medical Staff Department, Kyle, Pine Ridge, Wanblee, South Dakota.

Kyle, SD United States Few vacancies
Pine Ridge, SD United States Few vacancies
Wanblee, SD United States Few vacancies

Salary range: $67,047.00- $94,427.00 (Annually)
Promotion potential: GS-12
Merit Promotion Position: YES
Travel Required: YES--Occasional travel may be required.
Supervisory/Managerial Position: NO
Relocation Expenses Paid: NO--Travel and Relocation Expenses are not authorized and WILL NOT BE PAID ; Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee.
Is position covered by PL 101-630? YES--(See "Required Documents under the "How-to-Apply" section of this vacancy).
Is drug testing required? NO
Is government housing available? NO
Is this a bargaining unit position? YES
TOUR OF DUTY: Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? YES

NOTE: This position may require that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.


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Any U.S. Citizen.

Position subject to background investigation.

As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.

Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit a Photo-Copy)

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.

MAJOR DUTIES: This position is located at the one of the various IHS health canters or hospitals in the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, in the Medical Staff Section. The purpose of this position is to provide direct and comprehensive primary, preventive and therapeutic medical and nursing care to individuals across the lifespan.

The purpose of this position is to provide direct and comprehensive primary, preventive, and therapeutic medical care to individuals across the lifespan.

Assesses plans and provides direct and comprehensive primary, therapeutic and preventive medical care to individual geriatric, adult, adolescent, pediatric and infant patients and their families.

Performs a physical examination of the patient using palpation, percussion, auscultation, observation skills, using appropriate diagnostic instruments.

Orders and/or performs screening and diagnostic tests and procedures (lab studies, x-rays, EKG's, audiograms, pulmonary function tests, etc.).

Makes diagnosis and decisions concerning medical needs of patients, formulates /implements plan of care which may involve various treatment modalities, prescribing medications, consultations with other health care providers, referrals, etc.
Identifies /manages both minor and serious acute and chronic illnesses (e.g., upper respiratory infections, venereal diseases, hyper tension, HIV, heart disease, trauma, etc.).

Performs minor surgical and invasive procedures, such as suture of lacerations not involving nerves or tendons, incision and drainage of abscesses, insertion of intra uterine device for contraception, insertion/removal of Norplant capsules, etc.

Provides direct physical and psychological care in emergencies in order to maintain life, provide comfort, reduce stress and enhance coping ability and summons physician when appropriate.

Evaluates medical aspects of the plan of care periodically, recognizing the need for reassessment by a physician or other health professional.

Documents data, patient assessment and care plan in acceptable form in medical records.
Teaches and counsels patients and family on disease prevention /health maintenance techniques.

Collaborates with other health care professionals to develop treatment protocols, standards of practice and policies.

Maintains and improves professional knowledge and skills by participating in seminars, accredited home study, in-service education and/or individuals preceptorship; Attends all mandatory training.

Routine duties include providing medical care/public health services to individuals eligible for services provided by the IHS in homes, schools, clinics, job sites, and other locations within the Service Unit.

Performs other position related duties as assigned.


ALL Applicants MUST meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:

Graduation from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accredited body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.

GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-9 grade level.

GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at lest the next lower grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The work requires knowledge of specific observation and examination procedures, and the ability to perform diagnostic and therapeutic tasks. The work does not include the full scope of interpretation of medical findings requiring the full professional background of the licensed physician. Physician assistants assist in the examination and observation of patients by performing such duties as taking case histories, conducting physical examinations, and ordering laboratory studies during hospital rounds and clinic visits. As directed by a physician, physician assistants carry out special procedures; for example, they give injections or other medication, apply or change dressing, perform lumbar punctures, or suture minor lacerations.

NOTE: Your education may be used to substitute specific work requirements / experience. Your education and work experience MAY be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position. IF selected and you are qualified based on education you MUST provide an official transcript. (SEE QUALIFICATIONS)

Your application MUST be received by "Midnight Eastern Standard Time" on the closing date of the is announcement. Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As per the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan: Current employees and eligible applicants are considered under merit promotion only, unless they provide an appropriate Standard Form (SF)-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," and indicate under which plan they are applying. Please indicate on your resume and during the online assessment process which hiring plan you want to be considered under: Merit Promotion and/or the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan. See for more details.

The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:

Diagnostic Tasks: Provides diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic health services to patients and families.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas, or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Medical Reasoning: Analysis of a variety patient health data and, in accordance with established procedures, develops a treatments plan for care; Identifies and analyzes medical problems and uses sound reasoning to arrive at a plan of care. If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference). We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. You will be deemed well qualified if you score 85 and above.

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.

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If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP , you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be re-announced.

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable) , qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a (SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION OF THIS VACANCY) , performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

This position is covered under UNION/Bargaining Unit.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective Service.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

IF you are selected for this vacancy, you MUST undergo a fingerprint check . Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.

After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position.

The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

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