Salem, Virginia
Aug 03, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Full Time


Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay).

Position functions in Gastroenterology where you will be expected to provide coverage to treat, release, admit or transfer patients. Inpatient duties may require incumbent to be present during irregular and off-tours. Board certification Internal Medicine.

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Duties may include but not limited to:

Patient Care Responsibilities
Perform GI Endoscopic procedures in the Endoscopy Suite and/or Operating Room, as scheduled. Procedure notes are required to be written or dictated, as applicable. Proper documentation of workload including completion of consult requests, event capture, or encounter forms is required within the timelines specified by National, VISN, or facility guidelines.

Procedures to be performed include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Colonoscopy
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Endoscopic Control of Bleeding
  • Esopha al Dilation Endoscopic Pneumatic Dilators, Malloney Dilators, Et
  • Esophageal Varicus Band Ligation
  • Esophageal Varicus Injection Ligation
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy with Biopsy
  • Heaer Probe CoagulationI) Liver Biopsy
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy
  • Proctoscopy
  • Sigmoid-Flexible
Gastroenterologists are responsible for the evaluation of all new GI consults both inpatient and outpatient, with appropriate responses provided to the consulting party (including treatment plans, if applicable) within National, VISN, or facility guidelines.

Diagnosis and treatment within the scope of the Gastroenterological specialty are required. Telephonic contact is required in urgent/emergent situations.

Appropriate diagnosis and/or treatment may require contact with colleagues at VA or Non­ VA facilities.

The discussion of the treatment plan with patient and/or family members is required.

Participation in third call attending roster is required.

Resident, Student, and Fellow Education

Gastroenterologists will be expected to supervise any residents, students, fellows, or teams assigned to their areas of responsibility.

Each Gastroenterologist shall engage in furthering the education of medical residents, students, and fellows by provision of Grand Rounds presentations, noon lecture series presentation, etc., with an emphasis on development of the skills required to apply medical knowledge selectively based on individual cases and circumstances.

Research Responsibilities

Each Gastroenterologist is expected to promote and facilitate research amongst both House-staff and Faculty.

Other Significant Responsibilities

Participate in national VHA conference calls and audio conferences on issues related to the Gastroenterology Section, the Facility, and any new programs or initiatives affecting the two entities.

Participation will be assigned by the Chief, Gastroenterology Section; Chief, Medical Service; Chief of Staff or Director, Salem VAMC.

The Gastroenterologist will represent the Section or the Service by serving on committees or task forces, as well as with service to local, state, or national professional service organizations, both inside and outside of the VA (as applicable and assigned).


The Gastroenterologist reports directly to the Chief, Gastroenterology Section of the Salem VAMC Medical Service, for both administrative and clinical responsibilities.


Relationships with management, co-workers, patients, and the general public are consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature.

Incumbent will display a cooperative attitude and will effectively work together to implement the organization's mission and goals.

Incumbent will ensure productivity is maintained at the established level for the program for which he/she is responsible.


The primary age of patients treated and cared for are normally at the mid-life or geriatric level, i.e. 40 years of age or older.

The position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients.

Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved.

Takes into consideration age-related differences of the various veteran populations served:

Young adulthood (20-40) -- Persons in general have normal physical functions and lifestyles. Person establishes relationships with significant others and is competent to relate to others.

Middle age (40-65} -- Persons may have physical problems and may have changes in lifestyles because children have left home or change in occupation goals.

Older adulthood {65-75) -- Persons may be adapting to retirement and changing physical abilities. Chronic illness may also develop.

Middle old {75-85) -- Persons may be adapting to decline in speed of movement, reaction time, and sensory abilities. Also, persons may have increasing dependence on others.
Old {85 and over) -- Increasing physical problems may develop.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 08:00AM- 4:30PM
Relocation incentive: Not authorized
Recruitment incentive: Not authorized
Permanent Change of Station-(PCS): Not authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program-(EDRP): Authorized
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


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 Certified/Board Eligible in Gastroenterology.

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 requirement: 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)
  • License
  • VA10-2850
  • 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.

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