The Physician Assistant in Urology is a member of an interdisciplinary team providing medical services to patients in need of Urology care. The PA works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician with delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Staff. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
The following duties are carried out under the supervision of the physician of record or a designee agent of the supervising physician; but are not limited to:
1.Incumbent will serve as an agent for supervising physicians. Orders written by him/her are to be considered as coming from the supervising physician(s). 2.The incumbent will be responsible for initial screening of patients in outpatient clinics. A screening may include history, physical exams, ordering laboratory tests and x-rays, electrocardiograms, and other routine diagnostic tests. May institute appropriate treatment for minor urologic problems. 3.Prescriptive privileges will follow the guidelines enumerated in VACO Circular 10-84-112. The prescribing of drugs for inpatients is restricted to routine medications and DEA Class II, III, and IV controlled substances. The incumbent will be authorized to prescribe all routine medications as listed in the VA Pharmacy Formulary with the exception of chemotherapeutic agents, anticoagulants and special medications restricted to approval by another section or department. 4.The incumbent will initiate evaluations and therapy for patients as outlined in their physician assistant practice description on file in the Operative Care Division offices, and may write prescriptions for medication as commensurate with their VA prescriptive privileges. 5.Participates in the screening of in-hospital consultations received, may be written or verbal, as outlined in (2), and in determining appropriate disposition. 6.Performs simple laceration suturing; venipuncture; arterio-puncture; urinary catheterization; suture removal; administration of IV fluids; administration of intramuscular, subcutaneous and intradermal injections; administers local nerve blocks; performs procedures such as arthrocentesis with administration of local anesthetics and corticosteroids; performs lumbar punctures, and cleansing and debridement of wounds as needed. 7.Conducts pre-operative work-ups for urology patients. 8.Conduct urology patient and family teaching/education to provide continuity of care. 9.The incumbent shall be available for assisting in the operating room as needed.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; based on patient care needs. May take call. Functional Statement Title/#:Physician Assistant (PA) Urology.
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3, g, of this part.) b. 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. c. Certification (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. (2) 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, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5. (3) If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment. d. Physical Standards. Must pass a pre-employment physical. f. Restriction. Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation. All PAs must meet the requirements in paragraphs 2a through f above.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant (PA) Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires: Light lifting, under 25 pounds; light carrying, under 25 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending (1 hour working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain.)
The following documents are required by all applicants:
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. 1. Resume (required) 2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf(required) 3. SF-50- (Required) If you are a current or former federal employee this document is required if using this to support eligibility for the position. please submit most recent non-award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/)
If you are a preference eligible Veteran you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents: 4. SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, available at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx, if applicable 5. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, If applicable. 6. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge
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