26 May 2015

Physician Assistant , Afghanistan

Employer: Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
Location: Afghanistan
Tracking Code 2502-120 

Job Description
The Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) will complete a transition from DOD-led U.S. presence in Afghanistan to a DOS-led U.S. presence under the Afghanistan Life Support Services (ALiSS) contract.  The ALiSS  establishes a clinically safe and professionally managed healthcare environment and provides primary health care as well as resuscitative surgical care in accordance with U.S. or equivalent medical standards on a 24-hour basis, 365 days of the year to Chief of Mission (COM) personnel in Afghanistan.

This position is notional to contract award.

Required Skills
The Physician Assistant (PA) reports to the Program Manager and will be clinically supervised by the site medical director and work at the direction of a Physician, Surgeon or Anesthetist. The PA will be assigned to treat patients in one of the following settings: (1) Health Units (non-surgical/field medical care clinics), (2) Small medical/trauma hospitals (DSH), (3) Large medical/trauma hospital (DSH).
The Physician Assistant (PA) support the medical function and will treat patients in these settings to ensure proper injury care and disease diagnosis, treatment and recovery, request necessary tests and follow-up visits and refer patients to specialists as necessary.
Some settings may require the Physician Assistant (PA) to coordinate with local hospitals to determine local capabilities, coordinate admission, monitor and arrange final disposition.
In addition, some settings will require stabilization of patient and coordination of evacuation of patient to medevac center or CONUS.
The Physician Assistant (PA) will stabilize and prepare sick and injured personnel to a higher level medical facility. The Physician Assistant (PA) will ensure that medical kits supplied to all personnel are maintained as to contents and serviceability. In hospital settings, Physician Assistant (PA) supports the physician in planning and implementing the medical support program (preventive and corrective) to maintain the health of COM personnel.
In some locations, the Physician Assistant (PA) will have a leadership role (Lead Physician Assistant) and serve as both a Physician Assistant (PA)andSite Medical Director.
Physician Assistants (PA) provide a U.S. standard of care for our patient care/treatment model.
All services shall be provided in accordance with established standards, principles and ethics of the profession, applicable professional specialty organizations, and the high-quality standard for which CHS is recognized.

Additional duties:

  • All Health Care Providers (HCPs) will document care delivered and follow up care required.
  • Attends and participates in a variety of meetings and task force groups to improve quality and outcomes, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specific level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, new task efforts, and new policy requirements.  
Required Experience
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years experience as a Physician Assistant; PA with emergency medicine experience is desirable
  • All healthcare providers must have current clinical experience in direct patient care and have worked a minimum of 6 of the last 12 months in desired career field
  • Hold and maintain a current unrestricted U.S. Physician Assistant (State) license
  • Hold and Maintain NCCPA certification. (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant)
  • Have and maintain current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Cardio Pulmonary      Resuscitation (CPR).
  • PA’s who recently completed a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course or comparable advanced trauma course featuring “live tissue” or simulation training are very desirable.  
Other Requirements:
  • Must have a valid, current U.S. Driver’s License
  • Must have a current U.S. Passport.
  • Requires a favorably adjudicated Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) investigation conducted by the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
  • Must sign a CHS Foreign Service Agreement (FSA) and is bound to the terms and conditions of the FSA.
  • Shall complete a one week Foreign Affairs Counter Terrorism training course prior to deployment to work on the contract. Training will include: Combat First Aid, Weapons Familiarization, Defensive Tactics/Driving, IED recognition, Surveillance Detection and Hostage Survival and Personnel Recovery
  • Shall be proficient in the ability to speak, write and communicate in English.
  • Shall demonstrate proficiency in the use of basic word processing programs and the CHS Medical Management System software.
  • The normal workweek is established by the DOS Chief of Mission. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be confirmed by a medical examination to be “medically and dentally fit” in accordance with DOS requirements for service in Afghnaistan.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment; travel in Afghanistan is required by surface or air;
  • The climate is desert-like, hot, and prone to dust storms.  Job Location Afghanistan, , Afghanistan Position Type Full-Time/Regular Employment Type Full time Regular