Medical Officer

Washington D.C.
May 16, 2017
May 24, 2017
Full Time

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) VB1959227

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

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.

The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Note:  A Physician's Comparability Allowance is not authorized for this position:   The salary range indicated reflects the highest authorized salary rate that is payable in this position.

This position is with the Veterans Benefits Administration.  Annual medical certification may be waived.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required about 15% of the time.

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid if the candidate selected is already and employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
  • A complete application: Resume, Vet. Pref. (if it applies), Transcript.
  • A completed Occupational Questionnaire is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    For grade GS-15:  Five (5) years of residency training in an appropriate area of specialty as described in this vacancy announcement.   For a Disability Evaluation Program:  The knowledge, skills and abilities required for most disability evaluation positions may have been obtained in the primary care field.  However, when positions involve evaluating specialized medical cases or developing specialized guides and require training and experience in a specific area of medicine (e.g., general surgery, psychiatry, neurology), the requirements are the same as those for a Specialist.  This condition applies for the Medical Officer with the Compensation Service.  Note that if you do not present with the education and experience as described, you will not be considered qualified for further consideration.

    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; religious; 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. 

    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.  Emphasis on evaluation for this position is with demonstrated/applied skill showing the ability to function as an expert.  Your response to the following in the associated on-line questionnaire will be compared with the content of your resume.  Your qualifying experience as it relates to this position must be clearly reflected in your resume in order for credit to be given:

    • Skill in serving as a subject matter expert for medical disability evaluative criteria and adjudication of claims.
    • Skill in research and analysis of specialty areas affecting medical disability evaluative criteria and
      adjudication of claims.
    • Skill in rule making and drafting regulatory/legislative guidance for claims adjudication.
    • Skill in collaborating with internal and external customers on medical related operations, programs and
    • Skill in building cooperative interpersonal relationships with individuals at all levels.
    • Skill in project/program management, to include coordination of advisory groups and regulatory
      implementation efforts.
    • Skill in effectively communicating, both orally and in writing, medical directives and briefings.

    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.  For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at


    Degree:  Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]

    Graduate Training:  Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.

    Additional information about internship, residency and fellowship programs:

    Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

    • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
    • A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.
    • A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  Note:  Evidence of your experience must be supported by detailed documentation of like duties performed in the positions listed on your resume and in your supporting documentation. You will also need to provide work experience information such as hours per week, salary, and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish that you possess one or more years of the required experience at the appropriate level sought. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


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