The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), located in North Chicago, Illinois, is seeking a full-time Physician Assistant (Otolaryngology) to work in Specialty Care, Surgical Service. The Physician Assistant provides comprehensive and quality head and neck surgery care to patients in the FHCC by remaining fully accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice, and demonstrating leadership and accomplishments when proving patient care and developing and implementing programs which will improve the delivery of care relating to Otolaryngology. The incumbent is familiar with the specific needs related to the patient population and the FHCC services provided. The incumbent assesses the physical, emotional and developmental status of patients and makes positive interventions to maintain, restore or improve health.
The Physician Assistant will be responsible for evaluating and managing Otolaryngology patients in the outpatient setting in the clinic and the emergency department, as well as inpatients on the wards or geriatric and long term care residents. This includes:
- Assisting with procedures in the clinic and operating room;
- Performing physical assessments;
- Ordering needed tests;
- Prescribing appropriate medications;
- Initiating consultation requests; and
- Making decisions based on findings and test results.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. Holidays and weekends may be required.
Functional Statement Title: Physician Assistant (Otolaryngology)
- Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
- Education: The candidate must met 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 Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
NOTE: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.
- English 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).
- Physical requirements as outlined below.
SENIOR GRADE: In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 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
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems.
- Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade.
- Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade.
- First or second assists in surgical procedures.
- Acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff.
- Serves as a clinical preceptor for students or organizes and participates in facility clinical educational programs.
- Makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility.
- Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment.
- Communicates and collaborates effectively with other facility staff and outside institutions when applicable to the area of assignment.
- Effectively promotes the physician assistant profession to health care staff, patients and other stakeholders at the local level.
- Makes significant contributions which serve to enhance the distinctive role of PAs within the local institution and the health care system.
- Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or;
- Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.
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.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.Physical Requirements:To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require lifting, standing, bending, transferring, stooping, stretching, walking, pushing or pulling without assistance from another patient care provider or significant other. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Employee Health Clinic policy. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids.
To be considered for this position you must provide a complete application package which includes:
- Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé - please see Qualifications section for required format.
- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associate Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)
- Complete the Occupational Questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire
- Copy of college transcripts that reflect your PA degree and/or related degrees or documentation showing completionof a PA training program of at least 12 months duration.
- Evidence of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).
* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS: You will not be contacted for additional information and you will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).
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