Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Service) in East Orange, New Jersey

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

Opened Friday 10/30/2015 (356 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1535727

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 physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of 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.

Relocation/Recruitment incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. This position requires occasional travel between the East Orange and Lyons campuses.

This announcement establishes an open continuous announcement of eligible applicants to be considered for this position. The "What to Expect Next" area of the announcement provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.


OVERVIEW:VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is looking for a Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (Chief, PLMS), to provide administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service. VANJHCS is an integrated system consisting of two Veterans Health Administration facilities located in East Orange and Lyons, New Jersey and also has nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located throughout the state. The CBOCs are located in Brick, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Hamilton, Jersey City, Morristown, Newark, Paterson, Piscataway, and Tinton Falls. For Fiscal Year 2015, VANJHCS treated 56,391 Veterans, including 724,848 outpatient visits and 5,157 inpatients. VANJHCS is affiliated with the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and provides education to over 400 trainees annually, including medical students, pathology residents, nursing students, and social work interns.

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers inpatient and outpatient lab sampling associated with an extensive menu of clinical laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. Additionally, PLMS is involved in educational activities throughout the medical center including interdisciplinary seminars, tumor boards, and autopsy conferences.

Also, the Service is actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, and other health-related professionals. Residents from the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University, Pathology Residency Program, rotate through Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at VA New Jersey. Medical students from New Jersey Medical School attend didactic conferences that include teaching by PLMS staff. Students from the Medical Technology program rotate through the clinical laboratories for training. A number of PLMS employees have faculty appointments at various area Universities/Medical Schools for lecturing and meeting purposes.


The Chief, PLMS provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the PLMS to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures. The Chief, PLMS is accountable for the delivery of all health care by the PLMS staff. They are responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients and assessing that those health care services are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration. Additionally, the Incumbent establishes an environment within the service that promotes optimum patient care. The Chief, PLMS participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on PLMS through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other service chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors. The Chief, PLMS directs health care programs, delegating authority, and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals. They are responsible for the fiscal management of the department including budget planning and management. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff.

The Chief of Pathology and Laboratory is an integral part of the key leadership team of the medical center. The Chief, PLMS is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field. They ensure practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine services. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession. The successful candidate demonstrates an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care.

Work Schedule:**Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Work schedule may vary depending on the needs of the PLMS Service

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 a U.S. Citizen

Basic Requirements*: *

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Requirements for Chief Grade:

Applicants must meet the requirements for Senior Grade (past or present faculty appointment in an approved medical school; completion of an accredited residency in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area; or comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative, or research activities) as well as demonstrate attainment of additional recognition in clinical, administrative or research areas. Such recognition may be demonstrated by:

  1. Certification aby an American Specialty Board, or
  2. Significant accomplishments in clinical practice, educational activities, research, or administration which clearly distinguishes the physician as having the highest professional qualifications in the specialty area to which assigned, such as

a. Past or present faculty appointment at the professional level in an approved medical school, or

b. Completion of an accredited residency in the primary specialty area or in a related area to which the individual will be assigned and unusual professional accomplishment such as:

1. Publication of articles in nationally recognized professional journals, or

2. Officer in a State or national professional medical organization, or

3. Directorship of a hospital or large clinic.

Preferred Experience:

  • Management Degree: Such as MBA, MPH, or MHA
  • Specialty:Board Certification in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology
  • Research:Academic appointment and research experience with publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Must demonstrate the principles of servant leadership and be transparent, cooperative and collaborative.

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:See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. Work is mostly sedentary in nature. Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on Friday, December 4th, 2015. Subsequent referrals will be made every two weeks after that date. Applications received after the first cut-off date will be considered for the second cut-off and so on throughout the life of the announcement.

All applicants may receive consideration for 6 months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that period, and the announcement is still open to receive applications, you must re-apply to indicate your continued interest.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

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: $130,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens Only

Control Number: 419456100

Job Announcement Number: BH-16-ML-1535727-OCA