Physician - Physiatrist

Salem, Virginia
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time


The Salem VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Part-time (24 Hours) Physiatrist.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) staff physician independently provides clinical Physiatric services to eligible veterans. Services are provided at the Salem VA HCS, in ambulatory care, outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs. The incumbent is required to interact not only with the Veteran but also family, significant others, community agencies, and other staff.

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PM&R staff physiatrists shall assist the Chief of the PM&R Service in carrying out the mission of the Service.(1) The staff physiatrists will be responsible primarily for:
  • a. Inpatient care on inpatient rehabilitation unit CLC bed services,
  • b. Prescribing treatment for in- and outpatients referred by consultations,
  • c. Providing special tests such as EMG (electromyography) and other electrodiagnostic procedures.
(2) The physiatrists work closely with the patients, their families and all rehabilitation team members which include:
  • a. Rehabilitation nurses,
  • b. PM&R therapists,
  • c. Psychologists,
  • d. Social workers,
  • e. Speech pathologists, Audiologists and
  • f. Clinical and non-clinical staff from other services.
(3) If a residency program is in effect, the physiatrists are responsible for the teaching of the residents and the patient care provided by the residents.(4) The physiatrists participate in administration, committees, and the general teaching functions as delegated by the Chief, PM&R.(5) The staff physiatrist must be willing to serve as the physician designee of the Chief PM&R as needed.

Functions: Clinical: 90%-100% The incumbent is primarily assigned outpatient general physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics, to include musculoskeletal clinic, amputee clinic, spinal cord injury clinic, stroke clinic, and/or electrodiagnostic (EMG) clinic, and provides inpatient rehabilitation CLC ward attending coverage and rotating CLC WHEN hour coverage an as needed basis.

Administrative: 0-5% - dependent on programmatic assignments

Education: 0-5% of time spent directly teaching and coordinating resident or trainee activities in PM&R can be granted if the incumbent holds a faculty appointment at an affiliated medical school

Research: available as time allows

Supervisory Controls: Practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to Veterans and their significant others/family members. The incumbent reports to the Chief, PM&RS.

Qualifications: Age related Criteria:
Takes into consideration age-related differences of the various Veteran populations served:
a) 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.
b) 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.
c) Older adulthood (65-75). Persons may be adapting to retirement and changing physical abilities. Chronic illness may also develop.
d) 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.
e) Old (85 and over). Increasing physical problems may develop.

Computer Security:
a) 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.
b) Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion.
c). Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc.
d). Uses word processing software to execute several office automated 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.
e) Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System.

Customer Service:
a) Effectively communicates with and utilizes other disciplines (e.g., nursing, medicine) to facilitate treatment planning and implementation.
b) With few exceptions, participates effectively in team meetings, treatment planning conferences, etc.
c) Collaborates with divergent multidisciplinary team members in a manner that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (Part-time-24 hours) between the hours of 08:00AM- 4:30PM -possible weekend and holidays.
Relocation incentive: Not authorized
Recruitment incentive: Not authorized
Permanent Change of Station-(PCS): Not authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program-(EDRP): Not 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
  • The physician must possess and maintain current BLS and ACLS 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.

Education: 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.

License: 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.

English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in spoken and written English. Physical requirements outlined below.

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 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.

If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia is for you.

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.
Paid Time Off:49-54 days paid time off per year Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period (26 days); Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period (13 days); 10 paid Federal holidays per year.
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).
Incentives: Possible signing bonus, relocation assistance, and Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), if applicable.
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.
CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend.
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.
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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.

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