Physician (Neurology-Section Chief)

Salem, Virginia
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 08, 2020
Full Time


The Salem VAMC Neurology department provides comprehensive care to both ambulatory and critically ill patients through outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, critical care units, emergency department, and Long Term Care in areas of Medicine, Surgery, Mental Health, Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, along with Supportive and Social Services.

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Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as the Chief, Neurology, directly responsible for management and oversight of Neurology physicians, Neurology mid-level providers and any assigned technician or administrative staff. When requested, may be required to act as the Chief, Medical Service in his/her absence.
  • Provides guidance and supervision for the medical students and residents (interns, residents, and/or fellows) as required. Coordinates with the Residency Program Director; Administrative Officer, Medical Service; Chief and Assistant Chief, Medical Service; and Associate Chief of Staff, Education in order to maintain and expand the current education programs within the Salem VAMC.
  • Chairs, participates as an active member, and/or attends medical center committees as assigned by the Chief, Medical Service or Chief of Staff. The incumbent may be required to act as the delegated committee member for the Chief, Medical Service in his/her absence.
  • Creates, maintains, and revises work schedules and assignments for all subordinate staff to ensure 24 hours per day, 365 day per year coverage of the Neurology section. May be required to adjust schedules on short notice to meet frequent, abrupt, and unpredictable changes in prescribed workloads, staffing changers and deadlines.
  • Ensures department cooperation with, and active participation in, various facility programs designed to enhance and improve the delivery of patient care services such as Quality Management, chart reviews, Neurology performance measure reviews and the like.
  • Annually develops and evaluates professional and personal goals. Additionally, incumbent is responsible for evaluation and management of any subordinate employees in accordance with the approved Salem VAMC Medical Service organizational chart. The Section Chief, Neurology will regulate time and attendance, provide biannual evaluations, and assign daily work tasks and control daily workflow to ensure optimization of section efficiency.
  • Completes all required clinical and administrative documentation and training within guidelines. Oversight of subordinate employee documentation completion, workload capture, and participation in resident, student, and fellow teaching sessions is the responsibility of the incumbent.
  • Coordinates assignment completion/deadlines as provided by the facility leadership, Chief, Medical Service or Administrative Officer, Medical Service for facility, VISN 6, or nationally required reporting, education, or other assigned tasks.
  • Provides quality patient-centered patient care to presenting adults age 18-65 and older adults age 65+ as assigned by Chief, Medical Service.
  • Facilitates the delivery of appropriate patient care in collaboration with other health professionals, medical center staff, and management.
  • Orders and interprets appropriate diagnostic tests necessary to complete the Neurology evaluation.
  • Demonstrates and trains medical students and residents in relevant medical procedures that are required to provide optimal patient care appropriate.
  • Assists in conducting studies regarding treatment modalities, outcomes, and other aspects of
    patient care when appropriate.
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday; 7:45pm - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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.
  • Board Eligible/Board Certified.
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 occasional 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; reading; 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 an occasional 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 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
Not Required

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 (VA)
  • License
  • Resume
  • 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.