Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Nephrologist) in Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Opened Wednesday 8/24/2016 (61 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/25/2016 (32 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1785001

Enjoy Hawaii's warm and tranquil waters, hike and conquer its beautiful vast mountains. There's so much to see and do, you're never far away from just what you're looking for on Oahu. With perfect climate all year round, exquisite and diverse cuisine, and a fresh new multicultural outlook, Hawaii is the paradise you've been searching for. You'll be working with dedicated healthcare professionals in the most spectacular environment available in America. The VA Pacific islands Health Care System warmly invites you to begin your adventure and join our ‘Ohana'.**

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.

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.

A 12.05% Cost-of-Living Allowance* (COLA) to be added to the stated salary range.

*COLA is subject to change without notice.

* A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized to a highly qualified candidate *


This position is located in the Specialty Care Service at the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The physician will report directly to the Associate Chief of Staff of Specialty Care. Major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct physical examinations and treatment, coordination of medical care with primary care providers, other subspecialists, social workers, data managers, pharmacists, dietitians, nursing, and other personnel as a leader of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Utilize telemedicine to provide care to outer Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)

  • Ensures that high quality patient care is delivered in a resourceful and efficient manner.

  • Evaluate, diagnose, and manage patients to include but not limited to those with acute and chronic renal disease, hemodialysis and renal transplant patients.

  • Perform procedures related to hemodialysis and management of renal patients.

  • Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and treatment of disease.

  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team.

  • Provide resident and/or trainee supervision, as necessary and/or appropriate.

  • Work collaboratively with other specialists and Primary Care PACT teams to ensure patients receive continuous quality care and to provide nephrology training as requested.

  • Will be required to travel to Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located within VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. Schedule will be based on identified Veteran needs. Locations may include but not limited to Maui, Kauai, Hilo, Kona, Guam, and American Samoa.

  • Other duties as assigned by Chief of Medicine and/or Associate Chief of Staff for Specialty Care and/or Chief of Staff.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, extended hours on Tuesdays to 6:00 pm, occasional Saturday clinic

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel to Hawaii Island, Maui, Kauai, Guam and American Samoa may be 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.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed only if it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine obtained from a school approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

  • Possess a 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.

  • Meet the physical standards – VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • Subject to drug testing.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d).

Preferred Experience: Management highly desires board certification in Nephrology.

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; light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; standing (4 hours); both legs required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); disinfecting wipes; hand sanitizer; travel throughout Pacific Rim.

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. 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).

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Other Information

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 $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 448559700

Job Announcement Number: HO-16-DLA-1785001-BU