Overview: The Dermatology/Physician Assistant provides the full range of Dermatology/Primary Care provider services emphasizing quality, timeliness, and the advancement of the VA mission. The Dermatology/Physician Assistant provides advanced clinical practice, consultation, and management of an assigned panel of patients with dermatologic disease in the outpatient clinic setting.This is a (100%) (Full-time) clinical position involving the provision of Dermatology and Primary Care services to an assigned panel of patients; these services will be rendered in a thoughtful and resource effective manner consistent both with VA policies, adhering to the PACT Model of Primary Care and with the highest standards of medical care. Such activities include, but are not limited to, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness; basic dermatology procedures including biopsies, cryotherapy, electrodessication and curettage; patient and family teaching, consulting and collaborating with other health care providers; prescribing medications and adjunctive modalities; refers appropriately to other specialties as needed; provides care coordination between service lines; and communication with patients and/or their appropriate surrogates regarding findings and management plans.
He/she must demonstrate leadership, strong clinical and physical assessment skills. Dermatology experience preferred but not required.The Physician Assistant works in close collaboration with the dermatology and general medicine providers, staff physicians, other providers and nursing staff. The Derm/Physician Assistant also collaborates and communicates with Primary Care PACT Teams to establish realistic health goals. Patient care is provided with attention to Holistic Nursing goals which address the inter-related continuum of Mind, Body and Spiritual needs for well-being. Duties include but not limited too:
Coordinate and supervise the delivery of outpatient care for dermatology and general medicine patients including patient evaluation; treatment including biopsies and cryotherapy, order appropriate medications, schedule follow-up as needed, appropriate referrals as needed
Serve as primary Dermatology provider for an independent panel of clinic patients after an initial training period
Provide dermatology services in primary care setting at SLCVA
Perform new patient dermatology consultation and return dermatology visits and telephone follow up visits and collaborate with Dermatology staff
Establish a comprehensive plan of care based on clinical findings and standards of care
Establish mutual goals with patient/family
Prescribe medications based on patients' status, accepted scientific guidelines, prescriptive authority, and ongoing evaluation of therapies
Lead and direct others in Dermatology to assure access to and continuity of care across the VA continuum, between referral bases, and transitioning from inpatient/observation status toward outpatient follow-up care
Order and interpret diagnostic tests, including but not limited to skin biopsies, laboratory tests, and appropriate radiology studies
Help triage requests for outpatient Dermatology consultation in a timely manner, coordinate tests and visits based on clinical urgency, and assist in facilitating IFC consults and referrals from other VA facilities.Support and enhance the mission and goals of the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
Work effectively with others to initiate and lead interdisciplinary groups, and establish relationships with professional and/or other related groups within the community
Develop a professional practice by leadership and accomplishments in the development and implementation of best-practice guidelines in the patient care and healthcare delivery
Demonstrate ability to function independently in advanced leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and project management skills
Is proactive in identifying potential emergency/crisis situations and providing appropriate interventions
Performs procedures within the approved credentialing and privileging
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/Primary Care/50067ABasic Requirements: Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens. 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. Education: The candidate must meet the following:
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.
Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
2 years' experience as certified Physician Assistant
Grade Determinations: Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements: Experience / Education:
1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment Experience / Education:
3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or
A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
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 5005/78 PART II APPENDIX G8 APPENDIX G8. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform all activities of the position without restriction. This position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and turning. It requires repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs/stretchers, and transporting then to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices when available are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. They work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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