Physician Assistant- Mental Health

Salem, Virginia
Sep 19, 2023
Sep 27, 2023
Full Time

This Physician Assistant in the Mental Health Service Line shall provide clinical services for mental health patients at the Salem VAMC Mental Health Clinic, Salem, Virginia. THIS IS A HALF-TIME POSITION
The required services include the follow
  • Evaluating patients presenting to the emergency department, including assessment for suicidality and for admission, to include history and physical and mental health intake evaluation, with collaboration by on-call Psychiatrist.
  • Evaluation patients when called to acute psychiatry and/or residential programs for medical and psychiatric needs, and to use consultation as appropriate to medicine or surgery.
  • The PA is authorized to perform any duties delegated to them by their supervising physician that the PA is credentialed, licensed, and trained to perform and as specified in the Scope of Practice.
  • Clinical Proficiency:
  • Work includes performing mental health intakes for patients new to mental health, including appropriate suicide assessments, safety screening, and medication reconciliations.
  • Ordering and interpreting appropriate lab, x-ray, and special studies.
  • Establishing a working diagnosis based upon acquired data and developing a treatment plan in accordance with current practice.
  • Implement therapeutic intervention and provide appropriate follow-up care
  • Exercise judgment on conditions requiring consultation, referral, or evaluation by the supervising psychiatrist or other healthcare professionals.
  • Ethics:
  • Identifies medical ethical issues and takes appropriate actions.
  • Supports and enhances patient self-determination.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Collaborates effectively with other occupations and services to identify, analyze, and resolve mental health problems.

    VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package .

    Work Schedule: Afterhours, Weekends, holidays
    Compressed/Flexible: N/A
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more
    Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized
    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.
    Physician Assistant-I (PA-I)
    Experience and Education:
    None beyond the basic requirements. This is the entry level for PAs.
    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.

    Physician Assistant-II (PA-II)
    Experience and Education:
    The PA at this grade is at the intermediate grade level and has had progressively increasing responsibility and experiences as indicated in the KSAs listed below. Individuals will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems than at the entry level grade and can utilize their training in the successful practice of patient care and participate in team problem solving.
    Individuals demonstrate the KSAs of PA-II intermediate level by:
    Two years of successful practice as a PA
    OR Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, U.S. Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency.
    OR a doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): PAs at this level are not required to meet each individual KSA listed below to qualify, but should be able to demonstrate, develop, or acquire those not met upon appointment for PA-II:
    i. Skills to analyze and solve complex medical problems.
    ii. Ability to function autonomously and make independent medical decisions.
    iii. Skill to incorporate training and experience into the successful practice of patient care including telehealth medical care.
    iv. Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment for improvement of services for patient care.
    v. Ability to practice with colleagues and peers collaboratively.

    Physician Assistant-III (PA-III)
    Experience and Education:
    PAs at the PA-III grade are at the full performance level and lead and organize patient care independently, practice within multi-disciplinary teams, and coordinate all aspects of patient care across the health care system. They utilize advanced clinical knowledge and judgment in decision-making and evaluating outcomes. They function as experts in clinical practice and/or in areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities, may serve as mentors for transitioning PAs, and may provide training for health care students.
    Individuals can demonstrate the KSAs for the full performance level by: Three years of successful practice as a PA
    OR Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, U.S. Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency and one year of professional practice as a PA
    OR a doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and one year of professional practice as a PA:
    i. Ability to clinically evaluate facility patient care delivery systems and validate or identify barriers to safe and effective patient care.
    ii. Skill to consistently demonstrate an elevated level of expertise and autonomy in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients through facility Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE).
    iii. Ability to present clinical findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials.
    iv. Ability to clinically facilitate the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers, and other health care personnel.

    Preferred Experience: Provider for this position should have experience in mental health assessments and treatments for common psychiatric illnesses.

    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 PA-III . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of PA-I - PA-III .

    Physical Requirements: Must be able to pass physical


    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 an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.