Physician Assistant

Montgomery County, Maryland
Jan 19, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

  • Perform a wide range of highly complex and novel patient care and research activities.
  • Perform such duties as: patient history and physical examinations; recording pertinent patient data; assessment of patients to determine the need for medical attention; review of patient records to determine health status; and the preparation of patient summaries.
  • Provide expert advice and assistance in the design and development of clinical and basic research studies on assigned health issues.
  • Assist in the examination and observation of patients by performing such duties as taking case histories, conducting physical examinations, and ordering laboratory studies during hospital rounds and clinic visits.
  • Assume full responsibility for, and coordinates the collection of, specimens needed for all studies on patients.
  • Participate in daily rounds and makes presentations at patient care conferences with a team consisting of staff physicians, members of the nursing staff, and other individuals involved in direct patient care.
  • Keep attending physicians and nurses informed as to changes in the patients' condition and medical treatment plans.
  • Provide direction to nursing and other health care personnel in the implementation of clinical trials.
  • Receive inquiries from referring physicians, hospitals, government agencies and patients regarding eligibility for research protocols and maintains coordination and communication with these groups.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)
  • Position has a licensure requirement: Physician's Assistant License.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this announcement, including time in grade.
  • Position requires Education. Please submit transcripts.
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Position is designated as Emergency Essential .


Basic Education Requirements:
In order to qualify for a Physician Assistant, GS-0603 position, you must:
A.) Have graduated from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by The Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (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; AND Have successfully completed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination;


B.) Exemption: You are exempt from the requirements above a current federal employee occupying a position in the 0603 occupational series and have been continuously employed in this occupational series since September 2017, or before. (NOTE: You will be required to provide appropriate documentation [i.e., SF-50 dated September 2017 or before] to the respective Human Resources Office to validate your status.).


Licensure Requirement:
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.

Additional Qualification Requirement:
In addition to the above, in order to qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: conducting physical assessments and examinations of patients; recommending treatment and therapies for patients with complex health issues; serving as a specialty consultant to nursing services and health disciplines; interviewing patients to obtain medical history, medications and previous or current infections and diseases; AND developing reports, charts and graphs of medical information from patient records.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:


This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services in support of healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination, and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.
  • This position is designated as an " emergency essential " position and the selected candidate will be considered an " emergency essential " employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should apply online to this announcement to receive consideration.
  • We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s). Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions.
  • A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.
  • Veterans' Preference applies only to Schedule A (disability appointment) and Veterans Recruitment Appointments (if applicable).
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page and this sample for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement, and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

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