Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (GEC) in Bedford, Massachusetts

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

Opened Wednesday 9/21/2016 (33 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1801402

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until the position is filled. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the first cut off date being October 5, 2016 *and subsequent cut-off dates *every 14 days.

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?

The Department of Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA, is seeking to hire a qualified Geriatrician for the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit and Community Living Center (Nursing Home).

The Geriatric and Extended Care service line is responsible for the care of the veterans in a broad based geriatric program, in collaboration with Primary Care, Mental Health and Home Based Primary Care.

The Bedford VA is affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine and serves as a geriatric training site for the geriatric fellows, family practice residents, psychiatry interns as well as Lahey Clinic Medical Center internal medicine residents.

The Geriatrician is expected to participate in the training and educational activities at the department. Academic appointments and research opportunities will be available to qualified applicants.

The Bedford VA is located 15 miles outside of Boston and is home to veterans in the largest Community living Center in the VA. Specialized programs include units for Hospice, Gero Psychiatry and advanced dementia. There are several research centers including Geriatric Research and Evaluation Clinical Center (GRECC) Health Services Center of Innovation and Mental Illness Research Evaluation Clinical Center (MIRECC).

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.


This position is located in the Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) Service of Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial (ENRM) VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts. The GEC service line is responsible for the care of the Veterans in a broad based geriatric program, in collaboration with Primary Care, Mental Health, and Home Based Primary Care (HBPC). The incumbent will function as a Physician (Geriatrician) for the Community Living Center and Geriatric Evaluation Management Unit whose key functions will be providing medical diagnoses, work ups and treatments within the scope of knowledge, privileges and patient needs. The duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • provides medical diagnoses, work ups and treatments;
  • transfers patients to Acute Level of hospital care, Psychiatry or Extended Care, or to other Medical Centers, as appropriate;
  • completes minor procedures to include incisions and drainage, debridement, suturing, and ear/eye irrigation;
  • collaborates with Associate Chief of Staff GEC in Performance Improvement activities,
  • provides Medical Officer of the Day (MOD) and medical on-call coverage as assigned and,
  • makes provisions for, and coordinates care of dying patients, including but not limited to, advance preferences, management of pain, bereavement counseling and management of physical problems.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician

Travel Required
  • Not Required
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.
  • 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: Physicians with a minimum of two (2) years in related Clinical Geriatric Care is preferred. It is also preferred that the candidate be board certified or board eligible in Geriatric Medicine or Family Practice.

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: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 4 hours); kneeling (up to 2 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable at 20/50 and 20/100; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability.

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.

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450920500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-518-16-JM-1801402-BU