Veteran Health Administration Physician Assistant - Compensation and Pension in Houston, Texas

Announcement Number: JP-16-TWa-1672052-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Houston, TX

Open Period: 2016-04-07 to 2017-04-06

OverviewWho May Apply

US Citizens and Status Candidates

Appointment Duration

Excepted Service Permanent

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1672052

Job Summary

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.

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.

Key Requirements

  • Must pass pre-employment examination

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • 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.

DutiesMajor Duties

The incumbent serves as a staff Physician Assistant in the Compensation and Pension (C&P) and Employee/Occupational Health Sections at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), one of the most complex 1A VA facilities in the nation with 8 associated CBOCs, affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, and member of the Texas Medical Center; the largest medical center complex in the World. Additionally the PA will be responsible for the follow:

  • Leadership responsibilities potentially include: participation in staff meetings,

hospital committees, and peer review process. Demonstrate effective communication both to peers, staff and up to leadership, to include heads up messages (for acute patient care notifications regarding undesirable patient outcomes and significant events effecting the delivery of patient care) and Issue Briefs, acting as Section Chief over C&P and Employee Health in the absence of the Chief.

  • HR: Maintaining VA training requirements, timely completion of documentation and upkeep of credentials required by Credentialing and Privileging.

  • Staff Management: Participate in the FPPE/OPPE process. Adheres to employee health requirements. Participate in Clinical Pertinence Reviews (routine medical record reviews) when necessary.

Time, Attendance, and Leave Management: Adherence to assigned tour of duty, timely requests for leave entered in VISTA and for clinic cancellations as to minimize the impact to patient care.

  • Clinic Management, including indirect patient care: Ensuring that open and incomplete encounters are completed and closed timely and accurately, open consults are scheduled appropriately and within established timeframes (7 days), CPRS and CAPRIS documentation rules and requirements, adherence to clinic procedures for patient scheduling and access, ensuring staff productivity, oversight of relevant performance, involvement in Quality and Patient Safety oversight and process improvement.

  • Patient Care: Practitioners are expected to provide patient care that is

compassionate, appropriate, and effective to determine the objective evidence of pathology necessary for determination of compensation and/or pension benefits by VBA.

  • Medical/Clinical Knowledge: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate knowledge established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others. Must also have the ability to interpret medical information into understandable terms for non-health care VBA ratings and the judicial process.

  • Clinical Judgment: To ensure medical evidence based learning and improvement, practitioners are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and determine military service connection for medical pathology.

  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with Veterans, VBA, and other members of the health care team.

  • Professionalism: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, and understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients, and their profession.

  • Systems-Based Practice: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which compensation and pension benefits are provided and determined.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 of 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 Physicians Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

Preferred Experience: Physician Assistant with Compensation and Pension experience is preferred.

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.

Grade Determinations:

References:VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G8. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


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: Moderate lifting, 25 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 25 pounds and over; Pushing (1 hours); Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Both legs required; 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; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is [##]. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of [##] to [##]. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 06, 2017 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter ·DD-214 ·OF-306 ·Other (10-2850 - APPLICATION FOR PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS, PODIATRISTS, OPTOMETRISTS AND CHIROPRACTORS) ·Other Veterans Document ·SF-15 ·SF-50 ·Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:

Please use this checklistto make sure 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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 1672052.

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.

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.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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

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

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