Physician Assistant - Integrative Pain Recovery

Hampton, Virginia
Jan 31, 2023
Feb 04, 2023
Full Time

The Medication Management Pain Management Team (MMPMT) Physician Assistant (PA) will work in a collaborative practice model providing comprehensive medication management services within the Integrative Pain Recovery Service (IPRS) clinic within the Hampton VA Medical Center. IPRS clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic focused on recovering patients with disabling chronic pain and multiple comorbidities. The MMPMT PA will work in conjunction with a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) to provide team-based care in the prescribing or deprescribing of opioids and non-opioids for pain, and the provision of medication for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) when clinically appropriate. The position is dedicated to delivering coordinated are focused on pain recovery, risk mitigation and harm reduction, and management of complex pain comorbidities like substance use disorder (SUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package .

Duties include but not limited to:
  • Working in close collaboration with the MMPMT Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner with expertise in pain management and OUD.
  • Provide integrated pain care in accordance with the Stepped Care Model for Pain Management.
  • Provide safe and effective opioid therapy for the management of both chronic pain, and OUD.
  • Provide services for the prescribing of Buprenorphine related to the induction, stabilization, and maintenance phases of OUD management.
  • Collaborate with the PMT/IPRS as applicable, by assisting with referrals for nonpharmacologic treatment options as clinically indicated.
  • Implementing opioid risk mitigation strategies including overdose education and naloxone dispensing, urine drug screening, and prescription drug monitoring programs; and providing appropriate follow-up and monitoring.
  • Providing ongoing, comprehensive assessment and monitoring of overdose and suicidality.
  • Participating in VISN Pain Committee/Community of Practice meetings and other VISN directed activities as
  • Performing other related duties as assigned by leadership.
  • Participation in Quality Management activities and compliance.
  • Participating in appropriate continuing education activities as necessary.
  • Be familiar with and adhere to the Medical Staff Bylaws of this facility.
  • Work effectively with patients, families, co-workers, and other health care professionals treating them with respect
    and dignity.
  • Comply with information security policy and procedures.
  • Provide recommendations and work with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care to provide optimal functioning,
    level of pain, and quality of life for Veterans.
  • Be accessible and available to personnel in the PMT and primary care and specialty clinics for consultation on
    complex cases.

Work Schedule: Full-Time Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • All qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


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.

Physician Assistant Basic Requirements
  • Master's degree in any discipline or a bachelor's degree in any discipline with one year of experience as a Physician Assistant ~AND~
  • Successfully passed the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) (or are you in the process to taking the exam) ~AND~
  • Currently hold, or will hold, a full and unrestricted license to practice in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or in the District of Columbia.

Grade Determinations:

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is Grade 3. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 1 to 3.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity (including depth perception), keen hearing (aide permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity in both hands. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (2-4 hours), standing (2-6 hours), stooping, sitting, bending, pulling (1-2 hours), and pushing (1-2 hours). lifting (>15 pounds), carrying (>15 pounds). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Must be able to work closely with others, as well as protracted or irregular hours of work. Must be compliance with the use of ergonomic exercises and employee safety requirements. Age, Development, and Cultural Needs of Patients Requirements.


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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

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

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

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

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 .

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