Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Section Chief, Pulmonary/Critical Care) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albuquerque, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 11/6/2015 (350 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1550498

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/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are authorized for this position.

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.

*ATTENTION: Answering the on-line questionnaire and submitting a resume does not constitute a complete application. You MUST submit those applicable documents reflected as "REQUIRED" under the "How to Apply" tab. Failing to submit any documentation that is required may result in loss of consideration.**MACINTOSH (APPLE) COMPUTER USERS - IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONTACT THE AGENCY TO HAVE IT VERIFIED THAT YOUR DATA HAS BEEN SAVED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.*


The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, NM, invite applications for the position of Chief, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at NMVAHCS. The ideal candidate is an accomplished physician with a strong background in clinical medicine and leadership experience in advancing clinical, educational and research missions. The Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is an integral component of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UNM with responsibility for teaching fellows, residents and medical students. The Section has a record of innovative extramurally funded bench and clinical research. NMVAHCS will be constructing a new 8-bed Sleep Laboratory this year to provide a state-of-the-art resource for advancing sleep medicine. The Directors of Clinical Operations, the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Sleep Laboratory report to the Section Chief. The Chief will provide mentorship and serve as a role model of excellence in scholarship. Professorial appointment will be commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Compensation includes an excellent benefits package. In addition, investigators with a funded research program may be eligible for a start-up package.

This position also carries faculty membership at UNM.

Functional Statement Title / PD#: Staff Physician / NA Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt Bargaining Unit Status Code: 8888

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it 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.

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.

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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over): Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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: $99,957.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 420816400

Job Announcement Number: ABQ-16-087-JLS-1550498