Chief Medical Officer - Physician

Fredericksburg, Virginia
May 07, 2021
May 16, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

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A recruitment/relocation incentive of up to $30,000 MAY be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

The Fredericksburg Chief Medical Officer, in conjunction with the Section Chief for CBOC and ACOS for Clinical Operations, will be responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, controlling, and refining a comprehensive patient management, clinical support, and administrative program. This is a supervisory/leadership position that will report directly to the Section Chief, CBOC.
  • Responsible for implementing and leading Primary Care/PACT model transformation at the Fredericksburg CBOCs and other sites as assigned, which includes participation in various committees.
  • Emphasis will be placed on meeting facility, VISN & VHA strategic goals to include improved access to care, improved efficiency, customer service excellence, self-care & self-management for Veterans, chronic illness management, prevention, & fostering Veteran health & well-being through use of Personal Health Planning.
  • This position will require sound clinical skills, knowledge, & experience in Primary Care operations, flexibility, and the ability to role-model & lead change.
  • The transformation within Primary Care/PACT is intended to improve Veteran satisfaction, quality of care, safety, & eventually improved health outcomes, & reduced healthcare costs.
  • The position will require a dynamic, forward-thinking leader who will be required to collaborate with other services.
  • Collaborative relationships will include partnerships within the facility with Nursing services, HAS, Integrative Health, Social Services, Pharmacy, Women's Health, Mental Health, Podiatry, Audiology & others.
  • Direct patient care duties will be assigned.
The incumbent should possess excellent leadership skills and be knowledgeable and proficient with VA Performance Measures and the principles of System Redesign including outpatient clinic access, Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and Patient Centered Care transformational efforts.

The successful candidate promotes standards of clinical competence and conduct for staff, which are maintained through compliance with the credentialing and privileging processes, monitoring and evaluation of clinical practice, peer review, and other appropriate quality assurance activities.

The incumbent recommends appointment and clinical privileges for CBOC physicians and is responsible for ensuring that individuals with clinical privileges competently provide service within the scope of privileges granted.

There may be other duties as assigned by the supervisor based on individual competence and organizational needs.

The incumbent should possess sufficient clinical knowledge and experience to monitor and assess clinical competencies and practices; sufficient interpersonal skills to deal harmoniously with a diverse population of internal and external customers; sufficient time management skills to prioritize completion of a high volume workload; and the ability to achieve results in the setting of constrained resources.

Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to meet the responsibilities of this position.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Preparation of annual proficiency reports.
  • OPPE/FPPE completion and review, per policy.
  • PACT/EPRP/SAIL/other data review and management.
  • Leave and timecard management and administration.
  • Clinic profile management.
  • Collaboration with the patient advocates to address and resolve inquiries/complaints.
  • Preparation of controlled correspondence for Congressional/VISN/VACO inquiries.
  • Recruitment/retention of Primary Care providers.
  • Disciplinary action, as required.
  • Collaboration with HAS, Nursing, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Audiology, MHSL, and other PACT leadership in Primary Care to effect clinical operations.
  • Oversight of PACT implementation.
  • Be proficient in and promote alternate modalities of care that include virtual care.
  • Responsible for continuous improvement projects within Primary Care.
  • Responsible for Primary Care staff engagement and development.
  • Functioning within his/her assigned scope of Primary Care at the Fredericksburg CBOC.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, tours could take place between 7:00 AM and 7:30 PM.
  • (The candidate must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours and may need to provide clinical services off tour and will be required to do so upon receiving critical clinical messages. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary)
Relocation incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified candidate
Recruitment incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified candidate
Permanent Change of Station(PCS): Not authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program(EDRP): Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel required between Fredericksburg sites; Travel may be required to / from medical center a few times a year for training, meetings, etc.

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
  • Incumbent will be required to maintain current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications


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.

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: Board certification. Prior leadership and supervisory experience. Ability to work well with executive leaders as well as physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants. Must have ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

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.

If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the Fredericksburg CBOC is for you.

- VA physicians and dentists earn up to an additional 7.5% of their salary (not to exceed $15K) in annual physician performance pay.
- Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.
- No physician employment contracts and no significant restrictions on moonlighting.
- Regular pay increases to include biennial longevity increases, annual cost of living increases (when signed into law), and biennial reviews of physician market pay.
- One full and unrestricted license from any U.S. state or territory is accepted at this facility.
- 49 Days paid time off per year (26 days paid annual leave, 13 days paid sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays).
- Pension plan - vested in pension annuity after only 5 years' service.
- 401K-type plan (Thrift Savings Plan) with matching contributions.

Physical Requirements: The physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position.


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)
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

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.