Physician Assistant (Psychiatry)
Company: Veterans Health Administration
Posted on: April 9, 2021
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement.
1. US Citizenship 2. Education. The candidate must meet the
following: 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 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. 3. Certification: Must have
successfully passed the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE). a.
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. 4. Licensure. PAs must possess an active,
current, full, and unrestricted license to practice in a State,
Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District
of Columbia. PAs must maintain current registration in the State of
licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active and
current licensure in that State. Grade Determinations:
Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements,
individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following
Clinical Proficiency: Provides effective care to patients
characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning,
implementing, documenting, and evaluating patient care for assigned
patients. This includes possessing the skill and competency to
obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical
examinations, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and
analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement
treatment plans, and modify treatment plans when appropriate; works
effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the
assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations
where referral is appropriate; references quality improvement
information and organizes patient care needs to assure safe,
efficient and cost-effective care; initiates effective actions in
Professional Development: Obtains additional knowledge and skills
appropriate to the practice setting to improve performance and
provides patient education in an effective manner.
Ethics. Safeguards patient privacy and confidentiality. Provides
care in a nonjudgmental, non-discriminatory manner respecting the
patient's values and beliefs.
Interpersonal Skills: Works effectively with patients, families,
caregivers, and other professional and support personnel.
Research: Demonstrates awareness of research application to
practice and researches medical literature and applies
evidenced-based medicine to improve clinical practice.
Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements
above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this
standard for Full Grade. 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 and all clinical competencies:
Experience / Education: 1 year of professional practice as a PA; OR
successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program
accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; OR 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 above,
candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard
for Intermediate Grade. 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
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. AND Management/Administrative. One of the
following responsibilities must be demonstrated:
a. 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.
b. Manages patient quality management data bases such as the
National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if
c. Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if
applicable to the assignment.
d. Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.
e. Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements. AND All
Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements above,
candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard
for Senior Grade. 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: 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, 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. AND Management/Administrative: Accepts
substantial and continuing responsibility for managing or
coordinating a healthcare program including follow-up actions to
ensure compliance with regulatory bodies required by internal and
external review organizations and accrediting bodies, and;
successfully integrates the activities of the employee's assignment
with other patient care programs at the facility or with similar
programs on a broader geographic basis, and, develops policies and
procedures and participates in executive level decision making
deliberations, and; participates in long range program planning and
model development for effective delivery of services, and; performs
a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.
AND all clinical competencies.
Preferred Experience: Psychiatry experience
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G8 Physician
Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local
Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Physical demands include repetitive body
movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, and
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