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This position is an episodic, intermittent position on irregular or occasional work hours and you are only compensated for time worked. You also may not hold dual federal employment.
Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services in multiple locations through this vacancy announcement.
This position is located with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). NDMS supports state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) authorities following disasters and emergencies by supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, in its role as Coordinator of Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services, of the National Response Framework, employs the NDMS to provide patient care, patient movement, and definitive care, as well as veterinary services, and fatality management support when requested by authorities from States, localities, Tribes and Territories, or other federal departments. In a disease outbreak, they may provide mass prophylaxis. During a special event, they stand ready to serve in case of an emergency. But no matter what the specific mission is, DMAT teams provide expert patient care that protects individual health and promotes national health security.
1. Evaluate and treat ill or injured patients following established medical protocols or standards of care including procedures for emergency situations (e.g., cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, hemorrhage, injuries, etc.)
2. Works closely with clinical staff in training and preparedness.
3. Assures effective safety procedures are implemented in the field.
4. Prepare and present information regarding programs and represent the organizations.
5. Delivers comprehensive patient management services that may include, writing , discharging, ordering and interpreting laboratory and diagnosis studies
NOTE: This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire authority. Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement. Please click here for more information on OPM's Authorization of Direct Hire authority.https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/direct-hire-authority/
During deployments, the work is primarily related to readiness for and deployment for response during the aftermath of a disaster or public health emergency, where work may be field-based, in a tent environment that is remote and austere, caring for sick, injured, dying, or deceased persons. This work requires above average health, physical, and mental conditioning with routine long periods of repetitive walking, bending, lifting, and carrying, such as carrying NDMS equipment or heavy patients on litters. Incumbent must be capable of working in a high-stress, high security, remote, austere, and uncharacterized environment, void of infrastructure and vital services, requiring specific physical demands, such as the ability to lift 50 pounds, and work characteristics that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. For these reasons, employees are required to complete a physical and health screening process, meet and maintain certain physical standards, as well as mental, behavioral, and cognitive competencies. Work may be performed in an office setting or indoor and outdoor field sites, sometimes in adverse weather. During emergency situations, the work environment may be situated in austere conditions and environment in terms of destroyed infrastructure (e.g., food and water, housing, electricity, communications), the presence of endemic diseases, and limited health and sanitation facilities requiring special safety precautions
Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Basic AND Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below.
All applicants must meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:
For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician Assistant from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification and Licensure Requirements candidates must also have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service treating chronic health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and anemia; assessing and treating minor acute illnesses such as respiratory infections, urinary tract infections and musculoskeletal complaints and performing emergency medical care including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.