Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief of Medicine) in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 8/26/2016 (176 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 2/28/2017 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1767017

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

A recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

The Stratton VA Medical Center opened in 1951 and serves Veterans in 22 counties of upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, and Vermont. The Medical Center is part of VA Health Care Upstate New York and is located in Albany, the capital of New York State. The Medical Center provides primary care, wellness and preventive outpatient care, and comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary inpatient care in medicine, plus a full range of outpatient services. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. As an acute medical-surgical hospital, the Center also serves as a regional head and neck cancer care referral center, having and active Otolaryngology Service, Radiation Therapy Center with stereotactic radiosurgery/IMRT capability, and Medical Oncology and Hematology Services. The Medical Center employs over 1500 employees; has approximately 350 volunteers, work without compensation (WOC) residents, interns, and students; and is a complexity level 1C facility with enhanced surgery and work programs. The hospital has multiple residency programs including dental, pharmacy, and medical doctors and incorporates health professional students from multiple area colleges, technical schools, and hospitals as well as Fellowships, Internships, and the Volunteer Program to facilitate care and provide continuum medical prospects for future staffing.

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.

Position may be filled prior to the closing date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks. If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.

Depending on the specialty that the Chief of Medicine is filled through, you may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

The Chief of Medicine is clinically responsible to the Chief of Staff. The incumbent works collaboratively with the Medical VA Care line Manager to develop and promote high quality clinical service, research and education programs. The incumbent must be board certified in Internal Medicine and will have a faculty appointment and participate in academic activities of the Albany Medical College. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • May function independently as a member of the Medical Staff with full clinical privileges
  • Assumes complete professional responsibility for clinical assessments, patient-care decisions and documentation;
  • Provides consultation, direction and coordination of care in all Medicine services, ensuring the clinical quality and efficiency of care delivery;
  • Supervises the inpatient and outpatient components of Internal Medicine, to include: ICU, Inpatient medicine wards, dialysis, cardiology and gastroenterology procedure suites;
  • Provides direct supervision of all Internal Medicine providers;
  • Ensures credentialing and privileging requirements are met by all medicine service providers, including requirements for Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE);
  • Promotes and assures coverage for telehealth practice and activities;
  • Assists in the design, development and implementation of clinical programs;
  • Complies with local and national performance standards;
  • Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings for the Medicine Service, Medical VA Care line, Chief of Staff and Medical Center Director;
  • Adheres to policies and procedures established by Central Office (VACO), the network (VISN02) and local medical center;
  • Participates in clinical review process including tort claims, peer review, management reviews and administrative activities as directed by the Chief of Staff;
  • Participates in Research/Quality Improvement activities;
  • Participates in process improvement/quality assurance projects;
  • Serves as a member of the facility medical staff and on the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff (ECMS);
  • Qualifies for and maintains a faculty appointment at associate professor or full professor level at Albany Medical College;
  • Provides oversight for the education of medical students, residents and fellows rotating on the Medicine service;
  • Fosters a culture of transparency, communication, collegiality and patient centered interdisciplinary team work.

* Work Schedule:* Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM, On-call hours are required and # of hours and days and times of on-call hours will vary according to discipline.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician (Chief of Medicine)/F9327

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Meetings that require Chief of Medicine attendance
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine and/or one of the IM Subspecialties.
  • Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Evidence of Progressive leadership responsibility, including having led a large clinical program or service line.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to partner with academic affiliations and research programs.
  • Experience with regulatory agencies and quality oversight programs.

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.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

Physical Requirements: sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (=45 pounds), reaching above the shoulder and repeated bending. Incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable to perform the duties of the position.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

Salary Range: $125,000.00 to $400,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 446425000

Job Announcement Number: 528D-16-DAL-182