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
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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
- 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.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0603 Physician Assistant
- Assistants, Physician
Conditions of Employment
This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated
Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number
IHS-21-NJ-11016418-DE; for eligibility requirements.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
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
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.
Note: Employees currently assigned to positions in this
occupational series as of September 2017 will be considered to have
met the basic requirements for the position occupied.
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
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
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
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.
Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to
the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates
must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade
level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted
Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
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: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation
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,