Physician

Department of Veterans Affairs | Birmingham, Alabama

Job Description

Job Title:Physician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OB-13-AAd-883908-PC

SALARY RANGE:

$97,987.00 to $245,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 06, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VM-0602-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Anniston, AL United StatesView Map
Gadsden, AL United StatesView Map
Birmingham, AL United StatesView Map
Huntsville, AL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 883908

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN UPDATED TO ADD NEW LOCATIONS.

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Applicant’s education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All applicable forms must becomplete and signed prior to uploading.

NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).  Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.   The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.   The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.

 

 

Qualifications

 

 

Requirements

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens per VA Handbook 5005/2, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g).

 

Education:  Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.  The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.  Approved schools are:

(1)  Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2)  Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3)  Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4)  For residents, graduation from an approved medical school.

 

 

Must be board certified or eligible.

 

Licensure:   Physicians (Except Residents):  Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.  The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country; Residents:  Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes.  The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience

1.  Background in on-going out-patient primary care clinics.

2.  Board certication or board eligible in Internal Medicine/ Primary Care/ or Family Medicine

 

 

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dtd 04/2002 http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf  or http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0602.htm

 

Physical Standards:  Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 (http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm).  Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

 

 
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

 

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

 

 

Responsibilities

Primary Care physicians work as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team, collaborating with other members of the team to provide medical care to veterans enrolled on the team.  The physician is expected to demonstrate advance competencies and skills in assessing the physical and psychological status of patients.  He/ she will provide comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to veterans in the Primary Care team setting.  As a Physician you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans.  Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with other health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade.  Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position and will not be reimbursed.

Work hours:  7:00-3:30; 7:30-4:00; or 8:00-4:30 (may be discussed with manager when interviewed).

 

How to Apply

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.    Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 883908.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:  Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.    CV or Resume.  Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:  current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.  Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted (required).

2.    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf ) (required).

3.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214  or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

4.    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

5.  Response to the questionnaire (required).

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brooke Weckwarth
Phone: (205)933-8101x4595
Email: BROOKE.WECKWARTH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Birmingham VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
700 19th Street South
Human Resources
Birmingham, AL
35233

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

 

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

 

Supplemental Information

BENEFITS:

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, thrift savings plan, 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  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/about-va/index.asp.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in Primary Care at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Community Based Out-patient clinics (CBOCs).

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