The Physician Assistant in Cardiologyis a member of an interdisciplinary team providing medical services to patients in need of cardiology care. The PA works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician with delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Staff. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Duties include, but not limited to:
Performing a complete history and physical examination with special emphasis on the indications for the procedure and an assessment of peri-operative risk.
Conducting detailed interrogation and testing of implantable defibrillators, pacemakers, and arrhythmias monitors.
Responsible for discharging patients from the post procedure recovery area or admitting and following patients in the hospital after procedures that require an overnight stay.
Follow up on phone calls from device, procedure, or consult patients who report problems or have questions about their care.
Work Schedule: M-F; Day tour Functional Statement Title/#:Physician Assistant - Cardiology
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education or Training for the equivalentGS 9 (Full Grade), 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.
Education or Training for the equivalentGS11 (Intermediate Grade), the candidate must meet one ofthe following:
(1) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(2) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(3) 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.
Education or Training for the equivalentGS 12 (Senior Grade), the candidate must meet one of the following:
(1) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(2) 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
(3) 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
(4) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
Education or Training for the equivalentGS 13 (Chief Grade), the candidate must meet the following:
(1) Five years of professional practice as a PA; AND,
(1) The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
Certification: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
Grade Determinations: Your salary and grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB). The NPSB 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005; PART II, APPENDIX G8
Note: 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; religious; 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.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4hrs); standing (4hrs); depth perception; ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability.
***The following documents are required by all applicants***:
3. Responses to the questionnaire (required) 4. Copy of your transcripts
In addition to the above (as applicable):
For current or former federal employees: please submit most recent non-award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/)
If you are a preference eligible Veteran: you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents (as applicable):
2. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating
3. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge
Any other documents required by the checklist.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Other(VA FORM 10-2850C) *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *OF-306 *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s): 1.To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is TAG:VacancyID. 2.Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax: 1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire. 2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.