Physician (Hospice & Palliative Care)

Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 29, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


The direct clinical duties of the Hospice & Palliative Care (HPC) Physician will include: being a member of a three physician rotational pool that will provide hospice and palliative care throughout the VA Maryland Health Care Systems (VAMHCS) at all clinical sites. The incumbent will apply established findings of evidence ­based medicine or other health related research to the care and teaching of hospice patients and staff.
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Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

Attending on the PCCT team in the Baltimore VA Medical Center. During this rotation, the physician will be expected to participate in family meetings and interdisciplinary discharge team meeting on the medical, surgical and intensive care services. They would be expected to supervise trainees and complete initial consults as well as follow ups.
  • Attending on the inpatient Hospice unit at LR . During this rotation, the physician will be the attending physician of record and actively participate in interdisciplinary team conferences and family meetings. They will also complete palliative care consults and follow patients admitted to other treating specialties in the Community Living Center (CLC).
  • Staffing the outpatient Palliative Clinic associated with the LSTDI, This duty includes serving as the provider for a specialty clinic to assist primary care providers in having Goals of Care Conversations for high risk Veterans
  • Supervising the HPC Physician Assistant in the performance of their duties.
  • Sharing responsibility for screening referrals for Hospice and Palliative services
  • Participating in a rotating call group for after hour coverage of Hospice and Palliative Care and Geriatrics & Extended Care (GEC) clinical services.
  • Participating in the care of community dwelling veterans enrolled in community hospice and palliative care programs.
  • Supporting the teaching and clinical programs of the Medical Center by serving as a preceptor for fellows, residents and students.
  • Clinical coverage of other GEC services will be expected as necessary, as well as, to support in the clinical management of patients in support of the primary care VAMHCS mission.
  • The HPC Physician will be expected to serve on various HPC and VAMHCS wide committees including the Tumor Board, Cancer Committee, Pain Committee etc.
  • The HPC physician will participate in teaching about HPC throughout the VAMHCS. In addition the HPC physician may be requested to teach EOL care and palliative medicine to interdisciplinary teams, at conferences, grand round, etc.
  • The HPC physician will be required to coordinate hospital systems to facilitate treatment with HPC\PCCT.
  • The HPC physician participate in writing/revising policies, procedures, or standards related to Hospice care as it relates to the VAMHCS and in community and professional organizations such as the VAMHCS Hospice-Veteran Partnership Program and with the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland.
  • The HPC physician may be required to serve as an advocate and representative for HPC at the facility, VISN, and VACO levels.
  • The HPC physician may be required to participate in EOL research and to attend /present findings at national conferences and organization scientific meetings.
  • The clinical and administrative duties listed above are not comprehensive and may include other duties as determined by the program needs and assigned by the GEC Director.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm
Telework: Not Eligible for telework

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel to other VA Maryland Health Care System Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinic's for this position.

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


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.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR
    [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
    (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences.
    Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine.

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 position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10 to 12 hours each day. Delivery of care in the home settings may also require excessive bending, lifting and twisting. Under urgent or emergency situations, the incumbent may need to run and/or sprint.


Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]

  • NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

    Additional information

    • 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.
    • Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
    • 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.

    Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or other 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 submit a C.V. and/or resume. Other documents may be requested later in the process if needed.

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