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Physician (Multiple specialties and locations)

District of Columbia, D.C
Closing date
Oct 1, 2023

Typical duties of ALL VA Providers:
  • Provide consultation services and follow up of medical subspecialty patients, in designated field Center or one of the affiliated CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics)
  • During the course of employment, participation in activities/committees/boards/projects pertinent to the sub-specialty may be necessary as dictated by strategic or other initiatives/taskings
  • May be assigned duty as a supervising and/or collaborating physician for a mid-level provider(s)
  • Expected to provide clinical oversight and review. Supervising and/or collaborating responsibilities and performance will be noted in the physician's performance evaluation
  • Expected to act as "surrogates" for the patients of their colleagues when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.
  • Quality of care will meet professional standards at all times
  • Will work within their privileges at all times unless otherwise necessitated by an emergency; Enters notes electronically in a paperless medical record system; Understands and abides by the Medical Bylaws of facility; Demonstrates current clinical practice
  • Provide guidance and clinical supervision for the nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and health technicians assigned when appropriate
  • Teaching/mentoring medical students and residents assigned to Service
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and expansion of clinical programs including, but not limited to appropriate call and clinic schedules and patient care
  • Participate in various facility programs designed to enhance and improve the delivery of patient care services, to include, but not limited to Process Action Teams, Root Cause Analysis, collaboration with other sections, services, and Peer Review
  • Provide quality patient care to patients in accordance with approved clinical privileges
  • Participate in multidisciplinary activities
  • Assist with the acquisition and maintenance of the equipment and supplies needed to provide the best care in your section
Administrative duties:
  • Maintain clinical privileges
  • Complete mandatory training
  • Conduct peer review
  • Attend Attends Medical Center and community meetings, seminars, conferences, and staff meetings
  • Submit leave requests and clinic modification requests
  • Communicate coverage needs and issues or problems to management
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives (Sign-on Bonus): Incentives May Be authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and competencies needed by VISN 5.
Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not authorized
Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): May Be authorized based on critical hiring needs of specialty occupations Learn more .
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: For Full Time 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME
Retirement: For permanent hires: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
Work Schedule: Multiple options for multiple vacancies throughout: Please select those shifts you are willing to accept in your application
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: May be Authorized
Telework schedules: may be available
Virtual/Remote work schedules: Not authorized
FLSA: Nonexempt
BU Status: BU
Financial Disclosure Report: NOT required
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases and Pay for Performance
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
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Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): May Be Eligible
For More Information on Benefits:
Competitive Federal benefits:
  • Job security- Stability
  • Career advancement and priority in hiring as a Federal employee
  • Federal Retirement
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Military buy back toward retirement
  • Leave Benefits : AL (13-26 days), SL (13 days), Paid Federal Holidays (11 days) , Paid Parental Leave 12 wks.
  • FEHB lowest cost
  • FEGLI low cost
  • Flexible Spending accounts Pre-taxed
  • Federal Long Term Care Insurance
  • TSP matching 5% and Pre-tax contributions
  • Child Care subsidy
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Conditions of Employment

  • All qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination which will include lab draws.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required-Federal jobs are covered under Drug Free work place pursuant to Executive Order 12564; Reasonable suspicion testing is authorized in non-drug testing designated positions Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Resume/CV required Resume: Your resume should include the following information for each job that you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status (include hours worked per week). Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation is a condition of employment - See "Additional Information" below for details. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
  • Time in grade is NOT required
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • 1st consideration to Internal Facility VHA employees, 2nd consideration to VA employees. All qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA 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.
  • Licensure and Registration: 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.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status). Approved residencies are:
  • Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR
  • Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
  • Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs.
  • English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019 .Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6hrs); Standing (6hrs); Repeated bending (2hrs); Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental/emotional stability; Ability to perform privileges; Independently performs physical exam as appropriate to position; Cognitive stability

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in a patient care setting; adequately lighted, temperature controlled, and ventilated. Office temperatures fluctuate periodically; involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as clinics, offices, meeting and training rooms or libraries; exposure to noise and dust on occasion. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.


Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]
  • NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.
    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 here: . 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. For further information, visit: .
    NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
    NOTE: If your school was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    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.

    Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

    If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

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