Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Ophthalmologist - Retina Specialist) in Cheyenne, Wyoming

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

Opened Wednesday 1/13/2016 (283 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/1/2016 (40 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1571384

This position is open until filled. Cutoffs will be every 2 weeks.

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; opportunities are at your fingertips. We are the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation. Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to: paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

Cheyenne is at the crossroads of I-80 and I-25, and only 90 minutes north of Denver. With a population of 59K, Cheyenne serves as the northern anchor city of the vibrant Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains. Wyoming offers a laid back lifestyle, no personal income taxes, low sales tax, and reasonable property taxes. We are in close proximity to metro Denver, Ft Collins and have seemingly endless outdoor opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting, and popular ski areas in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah within easy driving distance. The Cheyenne VA Medical Center is a Level 2 facility, providing primary and secondary inpatient services in medicine and surgery as well as outpatient services in medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) are located in Fort Collins and Greeley, Colorado, as well as in Sidney, Nebraska.


Applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP)*and based on the availability of funding. The EDRP Coordinator for Cheyenne VAMC (442/05) is Martha "Marti" Kimmel at (307) 433-3744 or Alternate EDRP Coordinator, Connie Hinkley at (307) 778-7550 X3907.*


This position is for a licensed physician, board certified/eligible in Ophthalmology with Ophthalmic Retinal Fellowship Training, who is a full-time independent practitioner and professional team member within the surgery department at the Cheyenne VAMC. The retinologist will provide a variety of services including consultation for general ophthalmic and retina eye disease, diagnostic imaging including optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography, fundus auto-flourescence and medical and surgical treatments of eye disease. Treatments include but are not limited to intravitreal injections, vitreous tap and vitrectomy pending appropriate credentialing and privileging. Experience in posterior vitrectomy, endo-laser, membrane peels a plus but not required. As a member of the surgical service line, the physician also assists other surgical providers within their scope of practice and credentialing. The Ophthalmology provider also provides coverage for after hours ophthalmic emergencies at the Cheyenne VAMC. As a member of the Medical Executive Staff and Operative and Invasive workgroup, the physician helps to ensure the delivery of safe and peer reviewed specialty and surgical care.

Retina Specialist is required.

Work Schedule: 0800 - 1630 Monday - Friday*(May be required to work evenings or weekends as a 24/7 Full-Time 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.
  • Must be board certified/board eligible in Ophthalmology

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be a Retina Specialist
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Educational requirements - 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) schools of medicine holding institutional membership in the Association of American Medical College for the year in which the degree was granted, (2) schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted, (3) schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure. For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.
  • 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.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • 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. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are: (1) those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR (2) other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

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, available

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); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Reaching above shoulder; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing aid (permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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: $99,957.00 to $300,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 423359500

Job Announcement Number: 442-16-CRH-1730807