Physician, Medical Director Respiratory Care

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
Full Time


The Physician, Medical Director Respiratory Care is part of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine section in the Department of Medicine located at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. The Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care is an integral component of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at George Washington University (GWU) Hospital, Washington DC with responsibility for teaching fellows, residents and medical students.

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Major Duties:
  • Clinical Care of patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, including participation with department call schedule including weekends.
  • Develop and maintain an ambulatory pulmonary medicine practice.
  • Provide Pulmonary and Critical Care consultations in the inpatient and outpatient context.
  • Perform Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine procedures.
  • Interpret pulmonary function tests, including cardiopulmonary exercise tests.
  • Complete all Medical Record documentation requirements as specified in the Medical Staff Rules and Regulations on a concurrent basis.
  • Provide clinical guidance over the phone, by Secure Messaging and through the mail.
  • Ensure accurate documentation of medical assessments and observations.
  • Supervise and instruct Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellows, Internal Medicine residents, and medical students, on Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine Services.
  • Serve as faculty attending and cover ICU team consisting of a fellow, medical residents, and medical students, including daily teaching and work rounds.
  • Develop, implement, accomplish, & monitor goals for Pulmonary education and Critical Care medicine.
  • Assist in the review and updating of the Pulmonary and Critical Care curriculum as needed.
  • Provide 6 to 8 core curriculum lectures per year in the areas of Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine for the GWU Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow education program.
  • Serve on DC VA Medical Center department and hospital committees as requested by the division chief.
  • Maintain an academic affiliation with the GWU Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Medicine of the Department of Medicine.
  • Ensure that performance measure and standard of care are met by the respiratory care service as well as oversee day-to-day operations.
  • Implement a plan for improving respiratory care services including developing & improving on existing protocols, health quality measures and clinical outcomes.
  • Supervise the care of home oxygen and home ventilator patients.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized.
PCS/Reimbursement: Not authorized.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/14/2019.
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:
  • Prior experience in leading respiratory therapy services.
  • Board certification in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine.
  • Training and experience in advanced interventional pulmonary procedures.
  • Training and experience in managing difficult asthma and/or pulmonary hypertension.

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: In the process of providing patient care, the work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform activities such as pulmonary and critical care procedures, treatments and computerized medical record documentation.


Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the local EDRP Coordinator.

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

Required Documents

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

  • License
  • Application VA Form 10-2850
  • Resume
  • Transcript

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • Application VA Form 10-2850
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

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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