Physician (Chief of Surgery)

Salem, Virginia
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Full Time


Chief of Surgery oversees all matters related to the internal and external operations of the service, ensuring that the network mission is met while operating in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policies and standards of Federal and accrediting agencies external to VA. Incumbent will manage and direct major specialty treatment programs at this multidivisional facility.

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This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Integrated Service Network 6 (VISN 6), at the Salem VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Salem, Virginia, within the Chief of Staff's office.

Incumbent must possess advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating a high level of professional competency in managing assignments/projects of a broad scope, magnitude and complexity. In addition to Major Duties outlined herein, Chief of Surgery will have collateral assignments determined by the needs of the local facility, the VISN and/or VACO. Major Duties include, but are not limited to:

- Supervision of developing, planning, clarifying, administering and managing all Surgical Services areas of the Medical Center.
- Coordinate with other service chiefs of problems involving the relationship of activities to the various units and programs. Cooperation with other service chiefs on programs that cross service lines.
- Develop and implementation of information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization, revenue maximization and patient satisfaction.
- Participate in Medical Center wide activities and projects that involve older Veterans and service on Medical Center committees, including lead of Surgical and Other Invasive Procedure (SOIP) Committee.
- Supervise a group of employees performing work at various Title 5 GS and title 38 levels including administrative officer, secretary, providers (MD, PA), and Health Technicians.
- Provide administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit/service including outreach efforts and VA Clinic involvement at other sites within a Health Care System.
- Responsibility for administrative supervision of residents and fellows assigned to programs. Collaboration with program coordinators and academic affiliation partners is required to provide a successful learning environment.
- Establish guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system.
- Assists State, local, and private agencies, and universities based on monitoring activities, program reviews, and the development and analysis of information.
- Establish systems and procedures to monitor and control the financial resources assigned to Surgical Services.
- Manage staff training to ensure that required training is accomplished for purposes of maintaining ongoing skills, new developments in the field, orientation of staff to the VA, and The Joint Commission and Long-Term Care Institute requirements and Licensing.
- Develops and monitors Functional Statements/Position Descriptions, staffing levels, Cost Distribution Reports (CDR) allocations, Decision Support System (DSS) mapping and monitoring.

Work Schedule: 7:45 - 4:30, Monday - Friday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Additional Incentives: This position may be eligible for a recruitment and relocation incentive (bonus) for highly qualified applicants.

This position has a competitive work-life balance work schedule and benefits package.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship; 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


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.

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: Incumbent needs to be mobile in that the job requires: sitting, walking, standing, and bending. Work requires trips daily from employee's work-site to other areas throughout the Medical Center


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 eight (8) hours per biweekly 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):

  • Resume

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 (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • Resume

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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