Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Hospitalist) in Clarksburg, West Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Clarksburg, WV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 5/27/2016 (152 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 5/26/2017 (212 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is an open-continuous announcement. We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official at various intervals.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1425443

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.

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, islocated at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High TechCorridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, whichis the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation ResearchInstitution and training academy for Cisco Systems,Inc., and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America .Otherregional high technology operations include the National Energy TechnologyLaboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV andV Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additionaleducational opportunities are available through Fairmont StateUniversity, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and WestVirginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptionalprofessional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life,which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreationalopportunities. For additional information, please visit

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.


Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Selectee may be eligible to apply for the EDRP. For additional information, please contact Chauna S. Bucklew, EDRP Coordinator, or (304) 623-3461, Extension 3396.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: *Recruitment/Relocation Incentive *may authorized for highly-qualified candidate.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

** Perform initial history and physical examinations for all medical and psychiatric admissions.

Order laboratory, radiologic and other diagnostic tests and provide initial interpretations.

Order electrocardiograms (EKG) and provide initial interpretation.

Screen patients for disease prevention and identify health risks and needs.

Formulate a diagnosis based on history & physical examination and clinical findings; develop and implement a treatment plan; order appropriate pharmacological agents; refer to other healthcare professionals or community agencies as appropriate.

Participate in inpatient rounds as needed, interfacing with multiple other services, and coordinating patient care.

Respond to nursing and other staff calls on urgent/non-urgent issues on all hospitalized patients in an appropriate and professional manner, using great communication skills.

Perform inpatient procedures as experience and competency dictates.

Must demonstrate expertise in making medical judgments and be an active member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Responsible for maintaining current clinical privileges and keeping licensure, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and basic life support (BLS), and all other appropriate documents up-to-date.

Other duties as assigned.

Tour of Duty: Eight- or ten-hour shifts, after-hours and weekends; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training purposes.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

VA Qualification Standard for Physician Assistant


a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. 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;


(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.

c. 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 (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.

(3) If a PA’s NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.

d. 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).

Additional Requirements

Current Basic Life Support OR the ability to attain such within ninety days of entering on duty is required.

Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support OR the ability to attain such within ninety days of entering on duty is required.


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.

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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), reaching over shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (8 hrs.), standing (8 hrs.), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13-16 in. to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, use of both eyes, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), hearing without aid, clear speech, and mental and emotional stability.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

Please Note: This position is being announced as a Nurse Practitioner (Hospitalist) as well. The total number of available positions is two.

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

Successful completion of a two year probationary period required.

Salary Range: $48,403.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 406611700

Job Announcement Number: T38-15-22-CSB-1425443-BU