Physician (Tele-Primary Care)

Richmond, Virginia
Sep 17, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


Education and length of practice will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay).


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This position is located in Health Informatics & Telehealth Service, Richmond VA Medical Center. The position is for an Internal Medicine or Family Medicine physician who will be responsible for the delivery of primary care to patients by means of telehealth. The position utilizes clinical video telehealth (CVT) and other virtual modalities to remotely deliver primary care services to patients in other medical centers and associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics in other geographic locations. The physician will provide direct patient care full time, and work as a member of an expanded healthcare team (clinical pharmacist, behavioral health clinician, and/or a care manager) to oversee and coordinate medical care for a population of Veterans utilizing the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model. The incumbent will report directly to the Lead Physician/ Tele-Primary Care within Health Informatics & Telehealth Service. Board certificated/Board eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Practice preferred.

The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

-Perform primary care services across the spectrum including wellness to chronic disease management, women's health care, preventive health care, pain management, and population health management of assigned patients.

-Duties will also include management of acute symptoms/conditions of assigned and unassigned patients.

-Perform initial histories and physical examinations on outpatients. History and physical examinations will mostly rely on the use of CVT technology, but some direct face-to-face visits will also be needed.

-Provide ongoing outpatient and follow up of inpatient care for assigned patients.

-Screen outpatients to determine need for further care.

-Review and prescribe medications.

-Order diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays, electrocardiograms (EKGs).

-Review need for and order health promotion and disease prevention activities.

-Initiate, respond to and expedite requests for consultations, special tests and studies.

-Provide education and counseling to patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs.

-Timely documentation (notes and encounter forms) is necessary in all areas in accordance with VA & facility policy. All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion.

Work Schedule : Typical work hours are Monday to Friday, 8am-4:30pm, and a full time provider is required to work a minimum of 80 hours per pay period. This may include evening and weekend working hours. Shifts may deviate from the usual 8am-4:30pm shift schedule.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status : Exempt
Supervisory Position : No
Bargaining Unit Position : No
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives : Not Authorized
Relocation expenses/PCS : Not Authorized

Salary : The applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required - Limited Travel less than 10% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2019.
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 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 below.
Preferred Experience: Primary Care experience preferred.

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: The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), 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.


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: .

Additional information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure .

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):

-CV or Resume (Required)
-Form 10-2850 (Required) (Application for Physicians) which can be found here

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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