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Grade: 09

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own. "If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.



Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet any of the below-listed requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. Graduation 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 Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

    AND


  2. Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts and proof of certification as verification of educational requirement. Supporting documentation MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS.

* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirements.
  2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirements.


In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the GS-07 grade level and graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program.
  2. OR

  3. Have completed the Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

    OR

  4. Have completed a master's degree in a related health care or health related science and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program. Examples of related master's degree programs include, but are not limited, to Master of Medical Sciences, Master of Public Health, Master of Biomedical Sciences, or other related major field of study.


  5. * 2.Do you meet any of the additional educational and/or experience requirements listed above?
    1. Yes, I meet the experience and educational requirement described in A.

      Applicants must UPLOAD proof of completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program.
    2. Yes, I meet the educational requirement described in B.

      Applicants must UPLOAD transcripts.
    3. Yes, I meet the educational requirement described in C.

      Applicants must UPLOAD transcripts and proof of completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program.
    4. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A, B or C.


    * 3.Are you certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Physicians Assistants?
    1. Yes
    2. No


    ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

    LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

    4.Physician Assistants recognize adverse signs and symptoms, make the appropriate assessment, and react swiftly in providing treatment in emergency situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

    1. I have treated patients as a Physician's Assistant in an urgent care clinic setting; and/or I have assisted physician or medical team in treating life threatening emergencies; and/or I have treated patients with complicated injuries, such as, compound fractures, deep lacerations, or blunt trauma; and/or I have assessed neurological deficits.
    2. I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in a physician's office setting; and/or I have treated patients with minor injuries, such as, fractures, simple lacerations, strains, sprains that require splinting; and/or I have performed suturing of an open wound or laceration; and/or I have performed CPR until emergency team arrived.
    3. I have provided initial assessment and intervention to patient suspected of having a heart attack; and/or I have assessed potential stroke victim and referred patient for anticoagulant therapy; and/or I have provided interventional treatment for patient having asthma attack; and/or I have ordered blood gases and titrated oxygen therapy for patient with chronic obstructive lung disease in respiratory distress.
    4. None of the above.


    5.Physician Assistants must evaluate the health care needs of inmate patients (both acute and chronic), make a diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment and medications (under the supervision of a physician). From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have performed history and physical examination on well individuals and identified at risk behavior; and/or I have diagnosed and treated common illnesses/minor injuries, such as, ear pain, respiratory infection, gastrointestinal upset, headaches, and colds; and/or I have gained experience only in a specialty (non-primary) areas, such as, dermatology, ear, nose, and throat (ENT).
    2. I have, with minimal consultation from a physician, provided long term care to patients in nursing homes, Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospitals/Clinics, or homes for the developmentally disabled; and/or I have conducted sick call with minimal supervision; and/or I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in a clinical/primary care environment.
    3. I have assisted with surgical procedures; and/or I have assisted with diagnostic studies, such as, angiograms, upper GI's, colonoscopies; and/or I have made interventions or referrals based upon clinical findings; and/or I have adjusted medication therapy based upon lab results.
    4. None of the above.


    6.Physician Assistants must appropriately assess the inmate patient's overall medical history and illness in order to accurately prescribe medication, including the appropriate dosage. Their assessment is critical in this area because improper dispensing of medicine may cause negative side effects or have fatal results. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have, under supervision of physician, prescribed medications for chronic disease management; and/or I have prescribed medications for chronic disease management; and/or I have prescribed antibiotics for infectious disease processes; and/or I have ordered lab work to monitor side effects of specific drugs according to pharmaceutical recommendations; and/or I have conducted patient education classes regarding disease management and medication therapy.
    2. I have prescribed medication to patients following established protocol or standing orders; and/or I have instructed patients on side effects and expected results; and/or I have successfully completed a basic pharmaceutical class.
    3. I have, with minimal consultation from physician, prescribed medication using a fixed formulary; and/or I have utilized evidence-based medicine to manage patients with hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses with age, gender, or race specific treatment modalities; and/or I have conducted in-service programs for colleagues regarding trends in medication therapy; and/or I have successfully completed Continuing Medical Education (CME) training in any area of pharmacology.
    4. None of the above.


    7. Physician Assistants must evaluate and interpret diagnostic test results, make diagnostic impressions based on those test results, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have, under minimal supervision of physician, ordered diagnostic studies to evaluate renal function and ordered nephrology consult; and/or I have ordered nerve conduction studies to document evidence of neurological deficit.
    2. I have experience interpreting X-rays, electrocardiograms (EKG), liver function tests, blood sugar and diabetics tests, pulmonary function tests; and/or I have conducted shave and punch biopsy; and/or I have ordered CAT/MRI or bone scan in consultation with physician; and/or I have performed and interpreted hemoglobin tests, saline, and KOH preparations.
    3. I have ordered appropriate antibiotics based upon culture and sensitivity reports; and/or I have discontinued medication therapy for TB based upon abnormal liver profile; and/or I have ordered appropriate tests and consults to assist with differential diagnosis for severe headache.
    4. I have ordered x-rays, and splinted or casted extremity; and/or I have, based upon neurological examination, ordered CT scan or MRI; and/or I have evaluated results of pulmonary function tests to determine medication therapy; and/or I have ordered follow-up lipid profile to evaluate effectiveness of medication therapy.
    5. None of the above.


    8.Physician Assistants must relate and deal effectively with inmates from diverse backgrounds and cultures regarding health care issues/concerns. By providing guidance and counseling, they may positively impact inmate behavior patterns and attitudes towards personal health care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have explained, in layman terms, complex medications and medical problems involving conditions, such as, coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension; and/or I have gained some experience treating patients with diverse/multi-cultural backgrounds; and/or I have asked open ended questions to gather detailed medical information from patients with complex medical problems; and/or I have provided post-discharge instructions.
    2. I have diffused a crisis involving angry, violent, and/or manipulative patients; and/or I have lead a support/self-help patient group; and/or I have treated patients with medical/psychiatric health problems from diverse/multi-cultural backgrounds.
    3. I have conducted group therapy sessions for mental health patients; and/or I have conducted patient interviews for medical and mental health history; and/or I have provided patient education; and/or I have provided therapeutic intervention to patient in emotional distress; and/or I have discussed rationale for treatment modalities to enhance patient compliance.
    4. None of the above.


Grade: 11

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own. "If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.



Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet any of the below-listed requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. Graduation 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 Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

    AND


  2. Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST upload legible transcripts and proof of certification as verification of educational requirement. Supporting documentation MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS.

* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirements.
  2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirements.


In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the GS-09 grade level and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program.
  2. OR

  3. PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in a related health field and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program. Examples of related doctoral degree programs include, but are not limited to, public health; allied health field; public health education; or other related health science.


  4. * 2.Do you meet any of the additional educational and/or experience requirements listed above?
    1. Yes, I meet the additional educational requirement described in A.

      Applicants must upload proof of completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program.
    2. Yes, I meet the additional educational requirement described in B.

      Applicants must upload transcripts and proof of completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program.
    3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A or B.


    * 3.Are you certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Physicians Assistants?
    1. Yes
    2. No


    ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

    LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

    4.Physician Assistants recognize adverse signs and symptoms, make the appropriate assessment, and react swiftly in providing treatment in emergency situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

    1. I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in a physician's office setting; and/or I have treated patients with minor injuries, such as, fractures, simple lacerations, strains, sprains that require splinting; and/or I have performed suturing of an open wound or laceration; and/or I have performed CPR until emergency team arrived.
    2. I have independently treated injured individuals with life threatening emergencies, such as, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, stroke, shock, or head trauma; and/or I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in an emergency room.
    3. I have directed a medical response team in an emergency situation; and/or I have performed advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) or advanced trauma life support (ATLS) on individuals; and/or I have effectively utilized differential diagnosis process to problem solve.
    4. I have treated patients as a Physician's Assistant in an urgent care clinic setting; and/or I have assisted physician or medical team in treating life threatening emergencies; and/or I have treated patients with complicated injuries, such as, compound fractures, deep lacerations, or blunt trauma; and/or I have assessed neurological deficits.
    5. None of the above.


    5.Physician Assistants must evaluate the health care needs of inmate patients (both acute and chronic), make a diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment and medications (under the supervision of a physician). From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have independently diagnosed and managed patients with multiple, complex, chronic, and acute health problems, such as, AIDS, cancer, liver failure, asthma, hypertension, or diabetes; and/or I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in a prison or mental health environment; and/or I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in a satellite clinic in the absence of the physician.
    2. I have assisted with surgical procedures; and/or I have assisted with diagnostic studies, such as, angiograms, upper GI's, colonoscopies; and/or I have made interventions or referrals based upon clinical findings; and/or I have adjusted medication therapy based upon lab results.
    3. I have, with minimal consultation from a physician, provided long term care to patients in nursing homes, Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospitals/Clinics, or homes for the developmentally disabled; and/or I have conducted sick call with minimal supervision; and/or I have worked as a Physician's Assistant in a clinical/primary care environment.
    4. None of the above.


    6.Physician Assistants must appropriately assess the inmate patient's overall medical history and illness in order to accurately prescribe medication, including the appropriate dosage. Their assessment is critical in this area because improper dispensing of medicine may cause negative side effects or have fatal results. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have, under supervision of physician, prescribed medications for chronic disease management; and/or I have prescribed medications for chronic disease management; and/or I have prescribed antibiotics for infectious disease processes; and/or I have ordered lab work to monitor side effects of specific drugs according to pharmaceutical recommendations; and/or I have conducted patient education classes regarding disease management and medication therapy.
    2. I have, with minimal consultation from physician, prescribed medication using a fixed formulary; and/or I have utilized evidence-based medicine to manage patients with hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses with age, gender, or race specific treatment modalities; and/or I have conducted in-service programs for colleagues regarding trends in medication therapy; and/or I have successfully completed Continuing Medical Education (CME) training in any area of pharmacology.
    3. I have prescribed specialized drugs, such as, psychotropics, anti-coagulants (blood thinners) and thyroid medication; and/or I have adjusted medication therapy based upon monitoring of side effects of medication; and/or I have recommended lab studies, and follow-up examinations.
    4. I have independently prescribed and adjusted prescription dosage, such as insulin and diabetic medications to stabilize patients; and/or I have managed patients on multiple medications; and/or I have managed patients with complex conditions.
    5. None of the above.


    7.Physician Assistants must evaluate and interpret diagnostic test results, make diagnostic impressions based on those test results, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have, under minimal supervision of physician, ordered diagnostic studies to evaluate renal function and ordered nephrology consult; and/or I have ordered nerve conduction studies to document evidence of neurological deficit.
    2. I have ordered appropriate antibiotics based upon culture and sensitivity reports; and/or I have discontinued medication therapy for TB based upon abnormal liver profile; and/or I have ordered appropriate tests and consults to assist with differential diagnosis for severe headache.
    3. I have interpreted tests results for patients with complex health problems/multiple disorders; and/or I have followed-up and ordered supplemental tests after identifying abnormalities; and/or I have performed incisional biopsy from skin for testing.
    4. I have conducted specialized tests, such as, a culposcopy, sigmoidoscopy, or exercise treadmill test (stress tests); and/or I have interpreted and responded appropriately to specialized laboratory studies addressing areas, such as, HIV, anemia work-ups, cardiac enzymes, arterial blood gas (ABG), liver disease, and other immune system-related problems.
    5. I have ordered x-rays, and splinted or casted extremity; and/or I have, based upon neurological examination, ordered CT scan or MRI; and/or I have evaluated results of pulmonary function tests to determine medication therapy; and/or I have ordered follow-up lipid profile to evaluate effectiveness of medication therapy.
    6. None of the above.


    8.Physician Assistants must relate and deal effectively with inmates from diverse backgrounds and cultures regarding health care issues/concerns. By providing guidance and counseling, they may positively impact inmate behavior patterns and attitudes towards personal health care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have conducted group therapy sessions for mental health patients; and/or I have conducted patient interviews for medical and mental health history; and/or I have provided patient education; and/or I have provided therapeutic intervention to patient in emotional distress; and/or I have discussed rationale for treatment modalities to enhance patient compliance.
    2. I have provided crisis intervention to patients with suicidal ideation; and/or I have utilized interpreter to validate patient's understanding of disease process and treatment plan; and/or I have counseled noncompliant patients to improve patient outcomes and acceptance of treatment plan; and/or I have interviewed patients to evaluate risky behavior; and/or I have validated patient understanding of medication and side effects.
    3. I have diffused a crisis involving angry, violent, and/or manipulative patients; and/or I have lead a support/self-help patient group; and/or I have treated patients with medical/psychiatric health problems from diverse/multi-cultural backgrounds.
    4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Other


* 2.Which of the following factors listed below was the single most important factor that influenced your decision to apply for work with the Bureau of Prisons?
  1. Pay
  2. Retirement benefits
  3. Health care benefits
  4. Vacation/holiday leave
  5. Job security
  6. Interest in public service
  7. Limited/lack of private sector jobs
  8. Organization/agency mission
  9. Reputation of the BOP
  10. Positive work environment
  11. Opportunity to advance
  12. Opportunities for training/development
  13. Variety of assignments
  14. Opportunity to make a difference with my work
  15. Challenging and interesting work
  16. Geographical location
  17. Relocation opportunities
  18. Work hours/schedule
  19. Opportunity to balance work-life issues
  20. Ability to address a new family situation (e.g., child, marital change, health change)
  21. Friend or family member working for the BOP
  22. Not addressed above
        BRANCHED: 1.Please briefly describe below the important factor, which was not addressed, that influenced your decision to apply:

       Maximum length of 75 characters.


3.In addition to the single most important factor, please indicate below any other factors that influenced your decision to apply for work with the BOP:
  1. Pay
  2. Retirement benefits
  3. Health care benefits
  4. Vacation/holiday leave
  5. Job security
  6. Interest in public service
  7. Limited/lack of private sector jobs
  8. Organization/agency mission
  9. Reputation of the BOP
  10. Positive work environment
  11. Opportunity to advance
  12. Opportunities for training/development
  13. Variety of assignments
  14. Opportunity to make a difference with my work
  15. Challenging and interesting work
  16. Geographical location
  17. Relocation opportunities
  18. Work hours/schedule
  19. Opportunity to balance work-life issues
  20. Ability to address a new family situation (e.g., child, marital change, health change)
  21. Friend or family member working for the BOP