Primary Care Physician - VA Interim Staffing Locum Tenens Program

Washington D.C.
Aug 01, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Full Time

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1993840

The Locum Tenens Providers' branch of the Interim Staffing Program (ISP) offers the opportunity to serve patients in the Veterans Healthcare Administration's (VHA) integrated system of 152 medical centers and nearly 800 community-based outpatient clinics that covers 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories. As a VHA employee, you will have the opportunity to travel throughout our healthcare system with a single, unrestricted state medical license. You will enjoy competitive pay, while the ISP covers transportation mileage from your permanent address to the location of your assignment, commuting mileage to and from work, lodging, and a meals allowance. You may also qualify for valuable Federal Employee Health Benefits.

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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life.  Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

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"). 

  • 75% or Greater
  • At a minimum, Physicians are expected to work a minimum of (2) 90 days assignments per year.

  • No

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Random drug testing
  • Physical standards
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Basic Requirements:

    • Must be a citizen of the United States.  Non-US citizens will only be considered if there are no qualified U.S. citizens available.
    • Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
    • Possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia.
    • Possess a Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine.
    • Completed 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. NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.  Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed; or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Physician Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with the appropriate professional training.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Board certified or board eligible (by completion of US residency or other recognized residency) in Internal Medicine or Family Practice.

    References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated December 17, 2015.

    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.

    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 provide a copy of your ECFMG certificate in order to receive credit for that education.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.



    The VA Interim Staffing Locum Tenens Program (ISP) is currently seeking temporary, intermittent Primary Care Physicians. Physicians assigned to the VA Interim Staffing Locum Tenens Program will be deployed to VA healthcare facilities to help address clinical demands that exceed facilities' current staff capacities, unexpected or temporary absences of facility providers, or fill vacancies where the hiring of permanent providers has been difficult. You will work in a team setting with other physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff assigned to perform duties to accomplish the treatment of our patients.  Computer skills are essential as VA Medical Centers are fully computerized for note documentation, entering orders and requesting consults. Primary Care Physicians are responsible for managing the full spectrum of primary care responsibilities including include admission, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, including consultation of patients presenting with internal medicine complaints, diseases, and injuries. Clinical responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

    • Ordering appropriate lab work and diagnostic tests
    • Requesting consultations to specialty services
    • Providing appropriate follow-up care
    • Triaging of patients with non-medicine complaints, diseases, and injuries to appropriate disciplines for diagnosis and treatment.

    Tele-Primary Care

    • VHA is exploring new ways of enhancing patient access to care. During your tenure as an ISP primary care physician, you will be asked to complete foundational training required for effective delivery of tele-primary care. The ISP may offer opportunities to deploy as a tele-primary care provider.

    Assignments typically last 90 days and can lead to permanent placement if the ISP Physician is interested in permanent employment. Physicians are expected to work a minimum of (2) 90 days assignments per year. The VHA's Interim Staffing Program/Locum Tenens Branch provides the perfect opportunity for physicians to expand their professional horizons and explore new options.

    DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified-positive drug test result is received.

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