The Physician Assistant is administratively and clinically responsible to the Orthopedic Chief, Surgical Service. The Orthopedic Section consists of four Orthopedic Surgeons, two mid-level providers and One Registered Nurse and other support staff. The practice is primarily focused on the treatment and management of degenerative joint disease (knee and hip osteoarthritis) and Sports Medicine. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Preferred Experience: Orthopedic experience is preferred. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates: References: (a) Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements. This is the entry level for PAs. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. The following list of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) present the minimum skill set expected of an Entry Level PA. This practice may include, but is not limited to: i. Ability to utilize the principles of PA practice in the care of assigned patients to provide appropriate care. ii. Ability to perform patient history and physical. iii. Ability to formulate a plan and provide treatment to the patient. iv. Ability to provide patient care that is abreast of changing concepts and advancements in the profession. Physical Requirements: To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which may require light carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (up to 1 hour), standing (up to 1 hour), and both legs required. In addition, there may be exposure to the following environmental factors: working inside and outside, working closely with others, and protracted or irregular hours of work. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Occupational Health Clinic policy. There may be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids. ["The greatest need and requirement for the Physician Assistant would be dedicated time in the operating room assisting with arthroplasty cases and also time assisting with complex Sports medicine cases. In the clinic setting, the PA will be expected to see lower volume clinics focused on postoperative visits and nonoperative fracture care under the supervision of the operating surgeons. For inpatient care, rounding and coordination of inpatients and discharges is expected in conjunction with the surgeon. The physician assistant works cohesively and comprehensively within the framework of Surgical Services administrative and clinical requirements. The physician assistant uses assessment skills to promptly examine new patients thoroughly, using appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data. The physician assistant completes history & physicals when necessary. The candidate accurately interprets and evaluates clinical data for determining diagnosis and clinical status. The candidate assists the orthopedic operative procedures. The candidate selects, develops, and conducts literature search on researchable problems that are relevant to the health care of Veterans when needed. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm"]
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