Physician Assistant -Ely, MN CBOC

Scope of Practice Core Elements
The PA is authorized to perform the following tasks on a regular and ongoing basis for the care of the Primary Care patient assigned to the PA and veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care System. These duties may be performed without specific prior discussion with the collaborating physician:
  • Obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations.
  • Documenting progress notes and summaries in the patient record, and writing patient orders on assigned patients.
  • Providing and coordinating medical care for assigned patients in the primary care setting, including establishing diagnoses, formulating and implementing care plans, and providing follow-up care.
  • Evaluating outpatients to determine the need for further health care and refer accordingly.
  • Ordering diagnostic studies and other special tests, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, etc.
  • Carrying out health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education activities according to CDC and VA guidelines.
  • Ordering or obtaining laboratory specimens.
  • Ordering ancillary services such as pharmacy, social services, physical medicine and rehabilitation therapies, prosthetic services, etc.
  • Ordering VA specialty service consults and initiating requests for non-VA medical care and consults in accordance with VHA and MVAHCS policy and procedures.
  • Ordering patient care supplies.
  • Writing orders for, or prescribing medications.
  • Providing education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs.
  • Performing minor procedures such as suturing, simple dermatology procedures and joint injections based on competency validation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as stated in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard, which is available in the Human Resources office or online at http://vaww. va. gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-78. docx
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.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)
Education or Training: The candidate must meet one of 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.
Certification: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
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).
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 physician assistants must meet the requirements above.
Designated Drug-Testing Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

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