The incumbent plays an important role in the overall treatment and quality of care provided to veterans within the pain clinic. The incumbent's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Performs initial histories and physical examinations on patients, concurrence to be noted or addendum as indicated by primary and pain physicians.
- Conducts evaluations and progress notes on patients presenting to pain clinic, both for initial and follow-up visits in the patients' record. Physician Assistants assigned to the Pain Clinic shall be authorized and given access to all clinical tools necessary to process referral consults sent to the Pain Clinic. Physician Assistant will also be authorized to evaluate, diagnose and implement treatment plans on referral consult patients under the supervision of Pain Clinic Physicians as documented by appropriate co-signatures.
- Orders laboratory tests, imaging and appropriate non-invasive diagnostic tests.
- Prescribe medication in accordance with VACO and Pain Clinic policy using the Kansas City VA Medical Center's approved Formulary. Understand pharmacology of opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, anti-depressants and anticonvulsant along with their side effects.
- Assists in the Fluoroscopic Suite and perform duties as designated to include interventional diagnostics and therapeutic pain procedures by responsible physician and obtain informed consents from patients for such procedures.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant (Pain Clinic)/#000000
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.
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. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A.
E. 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).
* Working with either Interventional Pain Physician, Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Surgeon practice(s)
* Seeing patients in an outpatient setting and managing patients with minimal supervision from supervising physician
* Proficient with diagnosis, treatment and management of spine and musculoskeletal problems, including neck pain, low back pain, joint pain, muscle pain, tendinopathies, etc.
* Prescribing narcotic pain medications at a minimum, preferably including chronic opioid management
* Prescribing physical therapy and occupational therapy
* Prescribing non-narcotic pain medications such as NSAID's, muscle relaxers, topical pain creams, etc.
Applicants with the following certifications from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). (AHA certification preferred.) The selected employee will be required to receive these certifications prior to assuming clinical responsibilities and ensure current certifications after employment is maintained.
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.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 dated September 5, 2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The work requires long periods of standing and walking. Positioning patients who are disabled requires considerable effort and working in awkward positions. The incumbent may be exposed to surroundings which involve moderate risks or discomfort which require special precautions, i.e., infectious diseases, verbal and physical abuse from the emotionally disturbed patient. Required to wear lead protective clothing during procedures. 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(Certification, References, 10-2850)
*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 1941331.
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.