Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Hospice/Palliative Care) in Amarillo, Texas

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

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (172 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (175 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827062

Please note: This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There will be multiple cut-off dates bi weekly, beginning on 06/17/2016. Additional cut-off dates may be established until all vacancies have been filled.


  • 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of the VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced, integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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

  • Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

VA Amarillo Healthcare System is seeking highly motivated Orthopedic Physician to provide comprehensive medical care to the Amarillo VA in Amarillo, Texas an assigned panel of adult patients in an outpatient setting.

The staff orthopedist is required to deliver surgical procedures in the operating room, and clinical services in the Orthopedic Section within Surgical Service. Responsibilities include performing surgical operations, outpatient ambulatory surgical procedures and clinic duties, and outpatient and inpatient surgery consultations for new and established patients. Participate in ward/ICU rounds and any other relevant activities as necessary for initial and follow-up patient care. The orthopedist is expected to follow each patient through the full continuum of care process to include admissions, discharges, performing histories and physicals when pre-surgical evaluation is not available, requesting and writing orders for diagnostic tests and procedures for pre-op, prior to surgery, and completing informed consents as required. The orthopedist is also responsible for educating patients and family members. Full-time orthopedists will participate in the rotation of on-call duties per on-call schedule; night, weekend and holiday call may be required. The orthopedist will adhere to policies and procedures regarding the completion of all required orders, operation/procedure notes/reports, discharge summaries, progress notes, clinical reminders, and all other required medical documentation. The orthopedist will ensure the most effective delivery of care, while meeting and exceeding compliance, Joint Commission and VA Central Office performance measure standards. Additionally, the orthopedist will train and provide supervision for mid-levels in all aspects of their duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday from 7:00am to 3:30pm

Recruitment and/or Relocation Expenses maybe are Authorized for this position

This is a the bargaining unit position.

The incumbent for this position 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.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive MAY be offered.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen
  • English Language Proficiency Required
  • Subject to a Background/Suitability Investigation
  • Selectee Must Pass Pre-employment Examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing Required

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. b. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. c. Licensure and Registration. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in ANY State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. d. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

Applicants for renewal of clinical privileges must demonstrate competence and volume of experience of 200 evaluations, assessments or interventions with acceptable results in the privileges requested for the past 24 months based on results of quality assessment/improvement activities and outcomes. Evidence of current ability to perform privileges requested is required of all applicants for renewal of privileges.

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: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veteran Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and furnish a legible copy of your DD Form 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more, please review the information for disabled veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the selectee.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453576300

Job Announcement Number: AMA-17-T38-Rh-1827062BU