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got this in may email this AM



Job Title:  Physician Assistant
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  RS-16-WS-1547674-BU
$88,186.00 to $140,091.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 9, 2015 to Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Brockton, MA
Plymouth, MA
United States Citizens

Service: Primary Care
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1547674


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of Physician Assistant practice (experience) will be considered by a Physician Assistant Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


• Open to all U.S. Citizens



  • Not Required
  • No
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

The Physician Assistant (PA) functions as a Primary Care Provider (PCP) and manages a complex panel of patients, providing comprehensive medical care, emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. This position will be responsible for providing general and gender-specific care to both men and women Veterans. The incumbent works with a team of nursing staff and other members of an interdisciplinary health care team. He or she is accountable for adhering to the established policies, standards of care and practice and achieving the goals for the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Prevention Indicators. The PA works in collaboration with other members of the health care team to improve the quality of care delivered to veterans. He/she utilizes advanced skills in assessment, problem identification and clarification, treatment, planning and implementation of the patient's treatment plan. The PA will have prescription authority with a scope of practice. He or she provides care for Veterans ranging in age from 18 through the geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural issues.   The incumbent must be able to function with a high degree of autonomy and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team to facilitate efficient and successful medical management of patients.  The incumbent will provide leadership in the application of knowledge and clinical skills in organizing, processing and improving clinical outcomes to patients.  The incumbent will serve as an expert to identify, analyze and resolve patient care problems and enhance team effectiveness.

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-Time, Monday-Friday, may require extended hours or Saturday rotation

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE/#: Physician Assistant/ 907260

NOTE: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE: Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by a Professional Standards Board.
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service
NOTE:  Must pass a pre-employment physical

NOTE: Recruitment/Relocation incentive authorized for highly qualified candidates

NOTE: This position is also posted as a Nurse Practitioner and will be filled with either a Nurse Practitioner OR a Physician Assistant.


Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II Chapter 3
(1) US Citizenship
(2) Education. The candidate must meet the following:
(A) 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
(B) 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
(A) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
 (4) 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).


Preferred Experience:
Experience in a Primary Care setting.

* Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly complex clinical experience, demonstrating a high degree of competence.
* Ability to work in a collegial and collaborative relationship while directing an interdisciplinary healthcare team; demonstrating strong organizational skills with the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with professional and administrative staff.
* Demonstrated administrative knowledge and skill which includes ability to plan and develop primary care.

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


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.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


-Moderate lifting,
-Reaching above head
-Stooping, standing,
-Pushing, pulling,
-Lifting/carrying of light items (up to 15 pounds) and
-Coordination for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
-Ability to read both computer and printed documents.
-Hearing with minimal ability to carry a conversation with patient and health care staff.
-Ability to think and react appropriately in stressful situations.


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 01, 2015 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
·Other (10-2850C)
·ResumeApplicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
·Cover Letter

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 1547674.
  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 Tuesday, December 01, 2015 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 View Occupational 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.
Job Information
Phone: (774)826-1269
Agency Information:
Primary Care Service Line
940 Belmont St
Brockton, MA

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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The VA in my town is NOT hiring ANY PAs - period.

No one knows why.

They ONLY want physicians and maybe sorta an NP or two.

I have an inside source who is trying to figure out why.

The whole "supervision" aspect is said to be unappealing to physicians and I bet new grad docs are being taught that it is "risky".

So, congrats that any VA is offering good employment.

I wish the one near me would remove cerebrum from orifice............................

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I have been debating where to post this, but since this mentions the VA... I recently saw an article that says the VA is considering full practice authority for NP's. While I think this is good for them, it is one more example of PA'S getting left behind in this respect. The article also says 21 states give NP'S full practice authority. Do PA'S have this ability anywhere? I love being a PA, and do not feel bitterness toward NP'S (we are on the same team), but every time i read an article like this, I kinda regret not becoming a NP. What is the aapa or paft doing here? The aanp is kicking your butt and I feel like our profession is falling more behind NP'S every day.

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