Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief, Surgery Service) in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1986764

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is the VA 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. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

VA offers attractive salary, excellent government benefits, and assumes liability for tort claims associated with employees' official VA duties; individual malpractice insurance is not required for this purpose.

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

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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.

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute. Non-citizens may apply and be appointed *ONLY when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with current regulations.*

Duties

The Robley Rex Veterans Affair Medical Center (RRVAMC) in Louisville, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville (U of L), is seeking a board-certified surgeon for the full-time position of Chief, Surgery Service. The medical center is a major affiliate of the U of L School of Medicine with fully integrated medical student, residency, and fellowship programs. The RRVAMC offers a continuum of healthcare through primary, tertiary, and acute care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, dentistry, and extended care, utilizing 109 operating beds, and operating eight community based outpatient clinics. The Surgical Service is a multidisciplinary department with approximately 22 physician staff and 80 other staff which offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services including two (2) active general surgery services, as well as the specialties of endoscopy, Urology, Vascular, Otolaryngology, Proctology, Thoracic, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Hand, Neurosurgery, Plastics, and Podiatric Medicine. There are 16 ICU beds, 24 Medical/Surgical beds, and 9 stepdown beds. In addition, RRVAMC has an Ambulatory Surgery Program and a Low Vision Program. The medical center is affiliated with the University of Louisville and supports a strong research program, and Surgery Service staff physicians are very active in both teaching and research. Candidates must possess strong administrative, managerial, and leadership skills in the areas of quality improvement, department operations, budget, and supervision of personnel in a wide variety of occupations. Applicants must be eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Louisville at the Associate Professor or Professor level. This position carries with it important responsibilities for medical education and clinical quality assurance. The Robley Rex VAMC serves as an important site of education for medical students taking their core clinical rotation in general surgery as well as general surgery house officers and specialty trainees. The Chief, Surgical Service will work collaboratively with the officials of U of L responsible for undergraduate and graduate medical education to assure a constructive educational experience. In addition, ongoing quality assurance procedures to assure an excellent patient experience also fall within this individual's realm of responsibility. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellent clinical care and its methodical assessment. Work Schedule: The specifics of work schedule will be discussed during the interview process but primarily will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Flexibility will be required to accommodate patient care needs and emergencies. Physical Requirements: In accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1614.203, the individual selected must be physically and mentally able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of this position without endangering the health and safety of self and others. The physical requirements of this position may include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking, climbing, reaching (overhead), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials. Candidate selected will be required to complete a pre-employment physical.

Supervisory Status

Yes

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Full un-restricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following: Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.

  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

  • 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.

  • Completion of residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

  • Physical requirements outlined above. Selection criteria for this position which would be considered enhancing:

  • Board certified in a surgical discipline

  • Demonstrated record of academic productivity in one or more of the following: clinical experience, teaching, and research

  • Strong administrative, managerial, and leadership skills in the areas of quality improvement, department operations, budget, and supervision of personnel in a wide variety of occupations

  • Eligibility for faculty appointment at the University of Louisville

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; religions; 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Original transcripts will not be returned.

The degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. c. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

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), SF-15 (as applicable) 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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (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 your 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information."

BENEFITS

VA offers attractive salary, excellent government benefits, and *assumes liability for tort claims associated with employees' official VA duties; individual malpractice insurance is not required for this purpose. *

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Accrual of 13 additional days per year of paid leave for personal medical reasons, or to care for a sick family member.

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

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

Other Information

Compensation: Applicant's education, length of practice (experience) and local market will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed in this vacancy announcement.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474372600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-31

Salary: $200,000 to $350,000 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VM 00

Series: 0602 Medical Officer

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VHA-603-17-RY1986764-L-NB

Control number: 474372600