Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Dermatology) in Bath, New York

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Physician Assistant position is located within the Medical VA Care Line at the VA Medical Center, Bath, New York

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  • Obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations.
  • Providing and coordinating medical care for assigned patients in any care setting, including establishing diagnoses, formulating and implementing care plans, and providing follow-up care.
  • Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays, EKGs, etc.
  • Evaluating outpatients to determine the need for further health care.
  • 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.
  • Ordering or obtaining laboratory specimens.
  • Initiates requests for consults, prosthetics & (non-med) treatments.
  • 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 local facility policy and procedures.
  • Writing orders for or prescribing medications.
  • Admits patients to appropriate level of care.
  • Suture removal.
  • Other duties, as assigned. Work Schedule:Permanent, Full-time, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Occasional Saturdays and evening work as needed. No call or holidays required. Will be discussed further in the interview. Financial Discloser Report: Not required.

References:VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. Veterans Health Administration.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0603 Physician Assistant

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to a background/security investigation.
  • Successfully pass a pre-employment physical.

Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * 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. * Certification: (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. * 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). * Successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination. Grade Determinations:

Full Grade:Experience/Education - None beyond the basic requirements, (2) Clinical Competencies, (a) Clinical Proficiency (1) Provides effective care to patients characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating patient care for assigned patients. This includes possessing the skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans, and modify treatment plans when appropriate; (2) Works effectively and makes appropriate requests for assistance from the assigned physician and recognizes complex patient care situations where referral is appropriate; (3) References quality improvement information and organizes patient care needs to assure safe, efficient and cost-effective care; (4) Initiates effective actions in emergencies; (b) Professional Development: (1) Obtains additional knowledge and skills appropriate to the practice setting to improve performance; (2) provides patient education in an effective manner; (c) Ethics: Safeguards patient privacy and confidentiality. Provides care in nonjudgmental, non-discriminatory manner respecting the patient's values and beliefs; (d) Interpersonal Skills: Works effectively with patients, families, caregivers, and other professional and support personnel; (e) Research: (1) Demonstrate awareness of research application to practice; (2) Researches medical literature and applies evidence-based medicine to improve clinical practice.

Intermediate Grade:Experience / Education: (a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or (b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or (c) 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; (2) Clinical Competencies: (a) Clinical Proficiency; (1) Effectively treats patients with more complex medical problems requiring a higher degree of clinical skill and competency than that expected of the previous grade; (2) Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring skills and competency, as applicable to the assignment, beyond that expected in the previous grade; (3) Practices with a higher degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from the assigned physician less frequently than expected of the previous grade; (4) Evaluates the delivery system of patient care within the area of assignment, presents findings and recommendations, and contributes to changes that enhance the quality and timeliness of care; (b) Professional Development: (1) Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice; (2) Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery; (3) Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance; (4) Serves as a clinical preceptor to healthcare students; (5) Serves on service level committees or subcommittees when assigned; (c) Ethics: (1) Identifies medical ethical issues and takes appropriate actions; (2) Supports and enhances patient self-determination; (d) Interpersonal Skills: Collaborates effectively with other occupations and services to identify, analyze, and resolve patient care problems; (e) Research: (1) Shares medical literature research findings with colleagues to enhance patient care delivery; (2) Uses a body of research to validate or change group practice.

Senior Grade:Experience / Education: (a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or (b) 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 (c) 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 (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education; (2) Management/Administrative: One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated: (a) Evaluates service level patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes; (b) Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned;(c) Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment; (d) Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned; (e) Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements; (3) Clinical Competencies: (a) Clinical Proficiency; (1) Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems; (2) Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade; (3) Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade; (4) First or second assists in surgical procedures. (b) Professional Development; (1) Acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff; (2) Serves as a clinical preceptor for students or organizes and participates in facility clinical educational programs; (3) Makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility; (c) Ethics; Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment; (d) Interpersonal Skills; (1) Communicates and collaborates effectively with other facility staff and outside institutions when applicable to the area of assignment; (2) Effectively promotes the physician assistant profession to health care staff, patients and other stakeholders at the local level; (3) Makes significant contributions which serve to enhance the distinctive role of PAs within the local institution and the health care system; (e) Research; (1) Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or (2) Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

**This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Physical Requirements: Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Light carrying (under 15 lbs); Straight Pulling (4 hours); Pulling hand over hand (4 hours); Pushing (4 hours), Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4h ours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (4 hours); Repeated bending (4 hours); Climbing, leg only (1 hour); Climbing use of legs and arms; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted).

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:**Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Updated Resume
  • VA Form 10-2850 can be found at: (Required at the time of online application submission)
  • Copy of transcripts (unofficial)
  • Copy of license and certifications The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklistto ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Application 10-2850
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/11/2019 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Stephanie D'Amato







Canandaigua VA Medical Center 400 Fort Hill Ave Canandaigua, NY 14424 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 01/11/2019 to 04/11/2019

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Salary: $49,765 to $93,821 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time