Washington D.C.
Apr 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Basic Requirements:
    • 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 podiatric medicine, or its equivalent, from a school of podiatric medicine approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Approved schools are United States schools of podiatric medicine approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association in the year in which the degree was granted.
    • Licensed to practice podiatry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Podiatrists are required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration in their State of licensure if this is a requirement of the particular State. The facility Director may waive this requirement if the podiatrist is to serve in a country other than the United States and the podiatrist has licensure in that country.
    • Podiatrists appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d).

    Preferred Experience:
    1. Educational Requirement: completion of Podiatry School, Completion of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with added credential in Reconstructive Rear foot/Ankle (PMSR/RRA); preferable completion of a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction with Limb Salvage;
    2. Board Certified, Qualified or eligible American Board Foot & Ankle Surgery (ABFAS); Board Certified, Qualified or eligible in Reconstructive Rear foot/Ankle (RRA)
    3. Applicant should be skilled in performing the following surgical procedures: Charcot Reconstruction, flat foot/cavus foot reconstruction, total ankle replacements, ankle arthroscopy, ankle fusion, TTC fusion, fascial cutaneous and muscular flaps, frame application, microsurgery and nerve repairs
    4. Applicant should be skilled in the use of the following equipment: Stryker, Zimmer, Conmed, External Fixators (static and dynamic frames); intermedullary nails
    5. Applicant should have advanced wound care training with limb salvage
    6. Applicant should have experience with residency training program.Experience with the didactic, clinical and surgical aspects. Experience in Developing a lecture series to be given to residents monthly

    Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.

    Associate Grade. None beyond the basic requirements.

    Full Grade. Two years of podiatric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association is acceptable in lieu of the 2 years of practice. Candidate must have demonstrated the professional competence and performance necessary to provide independently podiatric diagnosis, treatment, and surgical intervention.

    Intermediate Grade. Meets the requirements in paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) below:
    (1) Four years of podiatric practice or its equivalent. One year of the required experience must have been in a multidisciplinary clinical setting. Two years of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association and, as applicable, the appropriate specialty board is acceptable in lieu of 4 years of practice, including the above 1-year requirement.
    (2) The podiatrist at this level possesses stature that would warrant appointment at the clinical instructor or higher level at a school or college of podiatry or other appropriate affiliated school or college.
    (3) Has achieved a high level of professional attainment.

    Senior Grade. Meets the requirements for Intermediate grade and the requirements in paragraphs (1) and (2) below:
    (1) The podiatrist at this level:
    (a) Possesses such academic stature as would warrant a faculty appointment of a professional level in a school or college of podiatry or other appropriate affiliated school or college, or
    (b) In a recognized specialty, should be certified by a specialty board approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association.
    (2) Has demonstrated recognized superior professional attainment as evidenced by one or more of the following examples:
    (a) Has served as a team leader in attacking major podiatric problems affecting the continued provision of quality care health services at a VISN, statewide, or national level. There is such confidence in the podiatrist at this level that there is unusual support of the individual's recommendations and conclusions.
    (b) Has had responsibility for carrying out a major podiatric program segment on a national level.
    (c) Has served on a regular basis as a consultant to a national center to which the most difficult types of orthopedic and prosthetic cases are referred from facilities throughout the country.
    (d) Has conducted research in a difficult area of major scientific interest which has contributed to a substantial advance in the health field with important professional publications.

    Chief Grade. Meets the requirements for Senior grade and must have demonstrated a sustained very high level of professional performance with evidence of exceptional professional and/or administrative development as demonstrated by the following:
    (1) Has assumed substantial professional and/or administrative responsibilities in which the individual is expected to fully advise and make professional clinical and educational recommendations as to courses of action on problems and considerations of national scope in all areas of podiatry. Typically, the podiatrist at this level has had responsibility for a major podiatric program segment on a nationwide basis, and has been consistently called upon to represent the organization in an authoritative manner in matters dealing with development of new and/or revised concepts and programs having a major impact upon the academic, medical, and podiatric communities.
    (2) Outstanding professional attainment. Examples of such attainment are:
    (a) Achievement of outstanding results in research which are regarded as having a major impact on advancing the field.
    (b) Significant number of noteworthy publications in professional journals.

    References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G4, Podiatrist Qualification Standard, dated April 15, 2002.

    Physical Requirements: Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care: reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles, visual and auditory acuity, emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self- care skills to maintain physical, psychological and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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

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

    United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    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.

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