Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - General Surgeon in Erie, Pennsylvania

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

Opened Saturday 10/1/2016 (26 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1815196

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 city of Erie has several attractions including Presque Isle State Park with sandy beaches, walking paths and boat ramps and lake front access to Lake Erie. It is also in close proximity to three major cities: Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. Explore the possibilities at the Erie, PA Veterans Affairs Medical Center working as a Physician in Surgical Care.

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.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

  • Current EGD and Colonoscopy experience preferred;

  • Work well in an interdisciplinary team with support staff and collaborates with other physicians and mentors mid-level providers;

  • Safely prescribes treatments, interventions, and medications;

  • As a clinical expert, assumes a leadership role in the development of policies, procedures, and standards at the program level;

  • Initiates changes in practice at the program or organizational level based on current research findings;

  • Documents accurately in the electronic medical records, perform administrative duties as assigned, and provides backup for the Medical Director Surgical Care;

  • Display good judgement and technical proficiency for a wide range of procedures comprising standard General Surgery practice.

Work Schedule:**Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,

*Functional Statement Title/#: *Physician

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification or Registration required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

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.
  • ACLS and BLS Certification through the American Heart Association is required prior to employment.

Preferred Experience: Board certification or eligibility in general surgery or other specialty that meets the needs of the VA Health Care System for this position.

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:

Light lifting(under 15 lbs); Light carrying(under 15 lbs); Straight pulling(1 hr); Pulling hand over hand(1 hr); Pushing(1 hr); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking(10 hrs); Standing(10 hrs); Kneeling(1 hr); Repeated bending(2 hrs); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing(aid permitted); Able to use stethoscope or equivalent; Repetitive computer data entry; Emotional/mental stability; working closely with others.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.


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 $325,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452128500

Job Announcement Number: ER-16-ALH-1815196