Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service in Gainesville, Florida

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

Opened Tuesday 8/30/2016 (57 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1790064

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 North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) is actively recruiting for a full-time Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service. NF/SGVHS is a consolidated health care system that includes VA medical centers located in Gainesville and Lake City, Florida; multi-specialty outpatient clinics (OPC) located in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and The Villages, Florida; as well as community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) located in Lecanto, Marianna, Ocala, Palatka, Perry, and St. Augustine, Florida; and St. Marys, Valdosta and Waycross, Georgia. The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service provides support to our five laboratories (one at each medical center and one at each OPC. All five laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Gainesville is a clean, comfortable, mid-size community in north central Florida and is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County. It is home to the University of Florida, the nation's ninth largest public university campus by enrollment, as well as Santa Fe College. Expect to enjoy outstanding cultural and recreational amenities, family attractions, excellent schools, a moderate climate and favorable cost of living (no state income tax). To learn more about Gainesville, please visit

Recruitment/Relocation incentive and/or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate upon management recommendation and approval

The NF/SGVHS, one of Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) top five Complexity Index (CI) 1a facilities, strives to provide the highest quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care to its beneficiaries through a compassionate, innovative health care system, excellent training and education of health care professionals, and effective use of available resources. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. VA physicians enjoy a quality of life that simply can't be found in private practice. With predictable work hours and conditions, VA physicians are able to take time for themselves and their families.

In fiscal year 2015, NF/SGVHS ranked #2 in productivity in the Laboratory Management Index Program (LMIP) out of 39 complexity index group 1a facilities. There were 19,172 surgical pathology cases completed and over 700 fine needle aspiration procedures. Cytology cases in FY15 totaled 4,594; flow cytometry cases totaled 1,725. In all, there were 5,412,744 tests performed in FY15 between both medical centers. In addition, there were 116,840 send outs to contracted laboratories.


The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Chief is responsible for clinical oversight of the pathology staff at both medical centers. Currently, there are 143 authorized positions in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. In addition to the Pathology Service Chief, the Pathology administrative staff consists of one Administrative Officer (supervisory medical technologist), one Secretary, one Administrative Support Assistant, one Program Support Assistant and four Office Automation Assistants. The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service clinical staff includes eight Physicians, 79 Med Techs, one Anatomic Pathology Supervisor, one Histologist, one Histotechnologist, three Cytotechnologists, eight Histopathology Techs, and 22 Phlebotomists.

  • The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Chief has the authority to recommend pathology privileges for System pathologists and is responsible for Service clinic operations to include consult management, infection control procedures, inventory control and performance improvement.

  • The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Chief is responsible for assessing and measuring staff productivity, and uses workload benchmarks by laboratory area, College of American Pathologists Q-probes, and Laboratory Management Index Program (LMIP) data.

  • The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Chief ensures that staff competencies adhere to Joint Commission (JC) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) requirements.

  • The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Chief is responsible for the development of succession planning strategies, including identification of anticipated vacancies in key areas.

  • A potential opportunity exists for a University of Florida College of Medicine faculty appointment. The appointment would be contingent on evidence of academic service, teaching, and success in scholarly activities.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Traveling across NF/SG VHS Health System to visit Outpatient Clinics In Jacksonville, Tallahassee and The Villages.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to
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.

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: There are no physical requirements for providers. They must only be able to practice medicine according to their privileges, in a manner that presents no danger to themselves or others.

All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Responsibilities of the position also include patient care, supervising providers and staff in the service, assigning work responsibilities, and coordinating expansion of services as needed in Path& Lab Medicine Service. Candidate must be willing to travel across the NF/SG Veterans Health System to visit Outpatient Clinics in Jacksonville, Tallahassee and The Villages. The Chief, PLMS will work closely and collaboratively with executive leadership, nursing service, and all clinical services, to provide high quality, efficient, and effective Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology care at NF/SG VHS. The position includes participation on various hospital committees, task groups, and special project teams at both the facility and System level. Expertise in Anatomic Pathology, Surgical Pathology, Autopsy, Cytology and Clinical Pathology procedures is required. The Chief, PLMS is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field. The candidate should possess anatomic, pathology, clinical pathology and administrative experience to provide oversight for a wide variety of PLMS programs. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Sign-out responsibilities in surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy service

  • Frozen section coverage; night and weekend call on rotating basis

  • Participation in and case presentation at tumor boards

  • Providing graduate medical education level instruction, training, supervision, and leadership to pathology residents

  • Oversight of QA/QC within the service to ensure accurate and timely pathology testing results

  • Participation in continuing education

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Open to U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 449127000

Job Announcement Number: GF-16-KDH-1790064