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Physician Assistant

Company: Department Of Health And Human Services
Location: Tohatchi
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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This position is located at one of the various Indian Health Service Hospitals or Clinics under the Navajo Area Office. The primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical care services to pediatric and adult patients in the Outpatient, Urgent Care or Emergency Department.

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  • Provide emergency treatment and initiate emergency life saving measures as appropriate, i.e., cardiac arrest, shock, hemorrhage or overdoes/poisonings, seizures and emergency obstetric delivery.
  • Assure preparation of appropriate medical records for all patient visit to assure the accumulation and organization of all pertinent clinical data to provide comprehensive medical care.
  • Teach and counsel patients and family on disease prevention and health maintenance techniques.
  • Maintain and improve professional knowledge and skill, maintain current clinical competence and attend all mandatory training.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0603 Physician Assistant

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Conditions of Employment

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-21-NJ-11016417-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary period

U.S. Citizenship is required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

On-call hours or standby duty may be required. (day, evening and night shifts, weekends, and holidays)

This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): All applicants must meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:

Graduation from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (external link) (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (external link) (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for Continuing Medical Education (external link) (CME) and re-certification.

Licensure: For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician Assistant from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


GS-09 (or equivalent): Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at this grade level:

A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified Physician Assistant equivalent to the GS-07 grade level and graduation from an accredited Physician Assistant educational program as described above;

Completion of a Master's of Physician Assistant studies; or

Completion of a Master's degree in a related health care or health related science and completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program. Examples of related Master's degree programs include, but are not limited, to Master's of Medical Sciences, Master's of Public Health, Master's of Biomedical Sciences, or other related major field of study.

Examples of experience for GS-9 grade level: Assist in the diagnosing and treatment for patients, analyze and interpret x-rays and lab results, take patient histories, order various forms of therapy and examine patients; maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations; protect patient and others by adhering to infection to control policies and protocols.

GS-11 (or equivalent): Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements qualify for positions at this grade level:

A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified Physician Assistant equivalent to the GS-09 grade level and completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program as described above; or

PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in a related health field and completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program. Examples of related doctoral degree programs include, but are not limited to, public health, allied health field, public health education, or other related health science.

Doctorate of Physician Assistant Studies, Doctorate of Science Physician Assistant (DScPA) or equivalent;

Examples of experience for GS-11 grade level: Assess patient health by interviewing patients, perform physical examination, obtain, update and study medical histories; determine abnormal conditions by administering or ordering diagnostic tests, i.e., x-rays, electrocardiograms and laboratory tests; interpret test results; document patient care services by charting in patient and department record; perform therapeutic procedures by administering injections and immunizations; suture, manage wounds and infections; provide continuity of care by developing and implementing patient management plans; prescribe medications.

Additional examples include: Assessing, diagnosing, and treating minor illnesses; managing chronic health problems; providing primary care for trauma cases including suturing, conducting physical examinations, and emergency care; providing counseling and health instructions to patients and families; and documenting care in patient's record. Experience in identifying medical problems and determining the appropriate action for treatment including physician referrals; performing specified diagnostic and therapeutic practices and procedures; and providing a wide range of emergency services in the absence of physicians including primary care of trauma and life-saving procedures.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


For positions requiring positive education requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Keywords: Department Of Health And Human Services, Rio Rancho , Physician Assistant, Other , Tohatchi, New Mexico

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