Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Pain) in Loma Linda, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Loma Linda, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/21/2016 (36 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number(VIN): 1806599

Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

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.

For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board (PSB) and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

This position is open until filled. The first review of applicants will begin October 3, 2016 and subsequent reviews will be the 3rd of each month.


The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is seeking a full-time PA for the Pain Management Clinic. In this capacity, the incumbent provides an assessment, treatment and/or referral service for Veterans for modulation of pain. In addition, provides education and/or training for patients, families, residents and staff. He/she must exhibit strong clinical skills to improve patient care for an aging, adult population; as well as excellent interpersonal relationship skills in interpreting and communicating health care information to the patient, family and the interdisciplinary health care team.

The primary job functions include the provision of direct patient care, consultation services and education of staff. Duties include providing diagnostic interviews and assessments for patients being seen in the Pain Management clinic. Initiate and expedite requests for consultations and scheduling special tests and studies. The incumbent is expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others.

Incumbent exercises independent and cooperative judgment in the Pain Management Clinic. She/he consults with the other members of the Pain Management clinic, peers and other leaders as needed. The incumbent reports directly to the Pain Management Section Chief and then to the Chief of Anesthesia. The physician assistant collaboratively participates in formal work groups, consultation, and program evaluation, research, and quality improvement initiatives.

*Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 0800-1630; (Compressed schedule may be a possible option, 4days/week 0700-1730). *

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination and/or PPD/TB Skin Test.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. Must be a Citizen of the United States.Education. The candidate must meet the following: (1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and (2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Certification. (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. (2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405). for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.

English Language Proficiency. PA's appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).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; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

*Physical Requirements: *Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, straight pulling; pulling hand over hand; pushing; reaching above shoulders; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted).

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES:Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE 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 at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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. **

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Salary Range: $54,664.00 to $122,549.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451100100

Job Announcement Number: LL-16-RLT-T38-1806599-SR