ThePhysician Assistant for Urology performs initial histories and physical examinations on outpatients. Prescribes medication within defined scope of practice. Orders diagnostic studies such as lab tests, x-rays, echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, CT scans and Bone scans. Screens consultations, conducts pre-operative workups, and participates in Urology Clinic weekly. Draws blood specimens for testing and performing other comparable lab procedures. Provides education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatments and medications. Duties also include:
- Dressing changes and wound care.
- Outpatient admission history and physicals, admission orders, consult screening and evaluation, preoperative work ups, and assist as needed with ward patients
- Communicate with Urology attending and house staff regarding transition from inpatient to outpatient care.
- Provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families
- Manage clinic patients.
- Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and treat urology patients seen in consultation with other health care programs both at this facility and with similar programs outside the facility.
- Promote changes in patient care programs for urology patients based on current concepts and research under the direction of the attending physician.
- Integrate the activities of the urology service with other patient care programs at the facility. Serves as clinical facilitator for the service as needed with other health care providers.
- Demonstrate expertise in diagnosing and treating ill multi-symptomatic patients.
- Track test results and notify patients in a timely manner.
- Provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families.
- Act as the Patient and Family Centered Care liaison for these services.
- Promote process improvement based on new concepts and evolving research.
- Prescribe appropriate medications.
- Provide assistance with secondary inpatient management of urology patients including, but not limited to, patient discharge education and information and assistance with urgent urologic issues.
- Assist in operating room as needed.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm unless otherwise approved. Call will be required.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant
* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Education. 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 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.
PAs on VA rolls prior to the implementation date of this standard (i.e. September 5, 2014) who do not meet the minimum academic level of a Bachelor's degree are exempted from this requirement.
* Certification. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. PAs on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993 who are not NCCPA certified remain exempt from the NCCPA certification requirement. However, a PA who subsequently became or becomes certified is no longer exempt and must maintain certification as a condition of employment.
* 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: Clinical experience in Urology.
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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.Physical Requirements: ?,Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking 6-8 hours; Standing 6-8 hours; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and mental and emotional stability required.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*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.
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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 1933905.
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.