The Physician Assistant (Mental Health) is a highly skilled practitioner who has advanced education and clinical training in the diagnosis and management of client problems. He/she is able to analyze patient care problems and formulatetreatment plans tailored to the individual needs of the patient. Physician assistants provide a unique approach to health care that enables them to undertake preventive patient care measures and provide educational support toveterans and their families about their medications, illnesses, and treatment. Care is directed toward the age-specific and developmental needs of the patient population. You will work as a member of the Mental Health team to provide mental health services to veterans. The physician assistant demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care. He/she demonstrates a systematic body of knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of actual or potential health care problems, including syntheses of data, and the use of complex skills and interventions.
Work Schedule/Hours of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Functional Statement: Physician Assistant
*Citizen of the United States.
*Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA)
*Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Education or Training - The candidate must meet the following:
(1) 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; and
(2) Graduation from a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations.
Preferred Experience: Behavioral Health.
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: Physician Assistant VA Qualification Standard, G8.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires a combination of walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, pulling, and pushing with potentially long periods of sitting. Transferring patients and objects may occasionally 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 during patient procedures and care. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Use of fingers, both hands, and near and far vision is required.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations )
*Other Veterans Document
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1914022.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.