Physician (Regular Ft) Chief Hematogy/Oncology

Washington, D.C
Mar 04, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
Full Time


The Chief of the Section will work with members of the health care team to ensure safe and timely delivery of care, including administration of appropriate treatments. The Section Chief will be responsible for creating an environment conducive to excellence in clinical care, in research, academic merit and overall well being of section members.

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  • The Hem/ Onc Physician's actual clinical activity shall be a function of the VAMC Executive Committee of the Medical Staff clinical privileging process and the overall demand for emergency services.
  • Provides direct hands-on patient care for patients with Oncologic and Hematologic conditions. Assesses patients for acute illnesses and determine whether patients need to be admitted to the hospital or managed in the outpatient setting.
  • Provides clinical guidance over the phone , by secure messaging and though the mail. Ensures accurate documentation of medical assessments an observations.
Supervising and Teaching -Hem/Onc fellow , medical residents and students .This will include teaching at affiliated Academic partners. May be required to oversee mid-level practitioners, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Is expected to seek academic appointments with one or more our affiliates , and to participate in activities related to the appointment as deemed needed for professional development and for assistance in teaching .
  • Supervise, perform and teach any procedures within the approval scope for and Medical Hem/Onc
  • Participates in various Hem/Onc , Section and Medical Service conference's are required .
  • Participates in Quality Assurance activities.
  • Engages actively in Research by performing , supervising ,acquiring results , presenting and publish those data, in a manner consistent with VA research policies .
  • Involves oneself in the works of various hospital and affiliated medical school committees.
  • Is responsible for administrative work for the section.
  • Establishes inter-personal and intra-departmental relationships to enhance optimal patient care.
  • Demonstrates competent effective oral and written communication.
  • Provides appropriate patient /family member teaching and education; evaluates effectiveness and level of patient /family member understanding of teaching provider.
  • Utilizes the CPRS computer software/program for entering and signing of medical orders such as laboratory studies and radiological studies, etc.
  • Fulfills Medical Center/Medical Service continuing education requirements.
  • Maintains familiarity and compliance with hospital infection prevention policies and procedures, ensuring the use of antiseptic methods of all in clinic procedures.
  • Ensures a safe work environment and employee safe work habits .
Teaching Responsibilities :

The section provides structured training for Hem/Onc Fellows and elective rotations for Medicine residents and students from three area universities. The Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer allocates two fellows each month for Hem/Onc rotations. The fellows respond to Hem/Onc consults at the inpatient and outpatient setting, in addition to seeing patients in the continuity clinics Monday to Thursday. Staff Oncologist is expected to supervise the fellows in performing procedures,
chemotherapy dosing, and formulating diagnostic and treatment plans. In addition, the staff will mentor the fellows in the preparation of academic presentations during Journal Clubs and Hem/Onc Management Conference. The staff will also supervise Medicine residents and medical students during their 2-4 week elective rotations. The Staff may also be invited to give lectures for the core curriculum needs of the medicine residency program of the hospital, and the residency/fellowship programs of area hospitals and university affiliates. The staff will provide feedback and evaluation of the trainee's performance to the universities. The staff is also expected to request academic appointment from university affiliates (GWU, GTU, and USUHS).

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm- management has the right to adjust as needed due to agency needs
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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

Clinical Responsibilities :
Each patient will have a designated primary Oncologist. He/she will be responsible for all aspects of care from chemotherapy administration to long term follow-up in the clinic. The staff will supervise the care provided by PAs, students, residents, and fellows who may be directly seeing a patient. The staff is expected to attend all weekly or monthly Tumor Boards, since key treatment decision making is usually conducted during multidisciplinary meetings. Regular tumor boards are usually organ specific (skin, breast, thoracic, hepatoma, etc). The staff will indicate to the TB the name of the patients that need to be discussed during these sessions. The staff is responsible for the timely response to consultation requests originating from the inpatient service or the clinics. Consult rotations are assigned on a monthly basis, and clinic sessions average 2-3 clinics a week. Staff will also be responsible for the daily or weekly chemotherapy needs of his/her assigned patient and will also be working closely with the Hem/Onc pharmacists and chemotherapy nurses for the safe and efficient delivery of drug infusions. The staff will engage Palliative Care Section whenever appropriate for selected patients. The staff is expected to attend regular CME conferences available in the hospital and affiliated institutions, in order to enhance state of the art cancer care for veterans.


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

a. Licensure and Registration
Physicians (Except Residents): 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. The Hem/Onc Physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
English Language Proficiency. Hem/Onc Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Degree of doctor of medicine or 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as
qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure. Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2. PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD
b. Board Certifications
Board certification in Internal Medicine
Board certification/eligibility in Medical Hematology /Oncology

Relationships with management, co-workers, patients, and the general public must be consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature. Incumbent must display a cooperative attitude and effectively work together to affect the organization's mission and goals. Incumbent will ensure productivity is maintained at the established level for the program for which he/she is COMPUTER

Research : Staff is expected to participate in the area of his or her interest. Mentorship and institutional support will be provided.

Referrals and Consults: The provider shall make referrals to subspecialists when their expertise is needed for diagnoses, the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. referral or consult.

Supervisory Controls : Ultimate supervision will be provided by the Chiefs of Medical , and the Chief of Staff

Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion. Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc. Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail.

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.

Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician. Light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability.

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.


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
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

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
  • License
  • Va Form 2850
  • 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.

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