Physician Assistant (Plastic Surgery)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 7/28/2020
Description The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC is recruiting for a Physician Assistant to serve in our Plastic Surgery Section in Surgery Service.The Physician Assistant (PA) will conduct medical and health histories and perform exams. As the provider you will also be responsible for caring for a variety of acute care for Plastic Surgery patients. In addition you will need to collaborate with physicians, peers, and other appropriate staff at the Medical Center community to develop, implement, and track individualized patient treatment plans and processes to facilitate and manage coordination of the Veteran's health care. The duties listed are not meant to be all-inclusive, but merely intended to be illustrative of the nature of work to be performed by a person in the position.


Work Schedule: 8:00AM-4:30PM; Monday through Friday
Financial Discloser Report: Not requiredApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. 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.
  • Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
  • English Language 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).

Grade Determinations:
Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:
Experience / Education
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) 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.

Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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
(a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) 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
(c) 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
(d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research.
Experience / Education
(a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and,
(b) 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.

The full performance level of this vacancy is Chief Grade (AD-13). The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of Full Grade (AD-09) to Chief Grade (AD-13).

Physical Requirements: Functions as a Physician Assistant. Will examine and treat patients in an inpatient and outpatient setting and assist as needed.The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting of claim files which can be multiple volumes. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
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