The Physician Assistant (PA) for the Pain Evaluation Program reports administratively and clinically to the Medical Director of the Pain Evaluation Program (PEP). The PA provides quality patient care to patients managed by the Pain Evaluation Program working collaboratively with the PEP physicians, pharmacists, and Mental Health professionals and a broad range of clinical specialties to evaluate, treat, and manage the chronic pain of referred patients.
The PA works with the PEP Physician and/or Medical Director and/or other PEP Team Members to ensure that clinically relevant testing has been obtained and appropriate referrals are made to specialist and special programs, such as, substance abuse treatment programs, yoga, and acupuncture. The PA directly engages patients in the management of their pain; communicates all decisions regarding adjustments in opioid analgesics and non-opioid adjuvants to them; and educates concerning their pain and other medical conditions and recommended treatments.
The PA practices with collaboration, consultation, and assistance with a designated collaborating physician. The PA processes clinical alerts, including abnormal alert values, and all other patient notifications. PA implements changes in patient care based on current concepts and findings from research, studies, or guidelines from governmental agencies or professional pain societies /organizations. When necessary, the PA prescribes medications, including controlled substances, according to approved formulary, and in accordance with Federal and State Law, and VHA Regulations and Scope of Practice.
TOUR OF DUTY: Monday - Friday, Days -8:00am to 4:30pm
Functional Statement: Physician Assistant (Pain Evaluation Program (PEP)
(Functional Statement is available for review in the Human Resources Office)
This is a Non Bargaining Unit Position
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:
- Must be a citizen of the United States.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.
- Must have a current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).
Qualifications include current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration from a state that authorizes Physician Assistants to prescribe controlled substances and personal DEA registration is highly desirable.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organization (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: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.
Physical Requirements: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.
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 DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) 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. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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(10-2850 - APPLICATION FOR PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS, PODIATRISTS, OPTOMETRISTS AND CHIROPRACTORS)
*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.
- Your resume may be submitted in any format (ex. bullet or paragraph).
- If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent". It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
- For qualifications determination, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e. HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
Veteran's 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.
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 1943491.
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.