Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Ophthalmologist) in Billings, Montana

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1823586

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?

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.

Billings is located in south-central Montana and divided by picturesque long cliffs known as Rimrocks. It's an affordable community with clean air, good schools, great symphony orchestras, artist's museums, and theatres, 4 wonderful seasons, and friendly western hospitality unparalleled anywhere . . . . . the number one reason many people like it here. Just outside of town you will find lakes and canyons, forests, wilderness to explore, blue ribbon fishing on the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, hiking, skiing, canoeing or kayaking, biking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, and hunting. Billings is within a day's drive of Yellowstone National Park which lends exceptional year round beauty and activities.

Billings Health Care System provides surgical services through a VA Ambulatory Basic Surgery center. This is an excellent opportunity for Ophthalmologist to practice in a strictly ambulatory setting. No hospital or night call is required. The department has new state of the art OR and fully staffed clinic with excellent technician on staff. The clinic offers full testing and SLT/Yag laser. The primary surgical cases will be cataract procedures and a variety of other general Ophthalmologic can also be expected. A collaborative collegial relation is provided by another Ophthalmologist who performs surgery on patients from another CBOC in the system. Extra experience or training in Glaucoma is also desirable. Billings offers two tertiary referral hospitals where Non VA care can be provided for more complex retina care.

Salary will be determined by a physician compensation panel and will be dependent upon experience and education.


The Billings Health Care Center is seeking a board certified or board eligible Ophthalmologist to practice general Ophthalmology in its Ambulatory Basic Surgery Center. Excellence in patient care is mandatory. The incumbent is accountable to the Chief, and Associate Chief, of Surgical Services for assuring the most effective delivery of state-of-the-art ophthalmologic care by meeting or exceeding compliance standards. The Ophthalmologist will work as part of the eye care team of VA Montana Health Care System, and will manage the eye care needs of a population with high complexity ocular pathology consisting of cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal and diabetic eye diseases. Excellent surgical and laser skills are required. Cataract surgery will most commonly be performed, but specialty interest in other surgical procedures that can be performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center setting is encouraged. Candidates must possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work in a staff model environment with other physicians serving Veterans. The Ophthalmologist will follow ophthalmology standards of care and safety policies, and implement opportunities to improve environmental and operational safety per Joint Commission guidelines.

*Work Schedule: *Monday through Friday; 8:00 to 4:30 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#: Ophthalmologist/000000

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. 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. 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 pounds; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far-vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

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: $100,957.00 to $300,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453153300

Job Announcement Number: VC-17-001-1810788-RMF-BU