Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Surgical Service (Chief of Surgery) in Huntington, West Virginia

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 1/3/2017 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1813931

Huntington WV, set along the Ohio River, is the second largest city in West Virginia and is home to Marshall University, home of The Thundering Herd. The city has a wealth of interesting architecture, most of it from the time when Huntington was dominated by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and the Baltimore Railroad. West Virginia, being centrally located to the East Coast, major cities are just a drive away. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. We invite YOU to apply to become part of a team of dedicated professionals engaged in promoting positive outcomes for our Veterans. Come be part of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!

This vacancy announcement will remain open until filled.

Our Veterans have shown us what they are made of - now it's your turn, apply today!

Recruitment Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.

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?

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.


As the Chief of Surgery Services for the Huntington VAMC, you will oversee all clinical aspects of the Surgical Service department, including budget and fiscal management, human resources management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources. You will be responsible for the overall medical care of patients with conditions requiring treatment in your respective specialty to include consultative, prescriptive and ordering authority in the outpatient setting. Other duties include, but are not limited to:

Provide leadership and accountability for all aspects of the service, assuring support of the mission and values of this health care system.

  • Utilize data about providers and available resources, to formulate strategic short term and long range plans and goals for the service, and to address deficiencies.
  • Formulate and implement general policies, procedures, standards, and goals and objectives for the surgical service that are consistent with, and supportive of, the mission of the health care system.
  • Salary determination will be made by a Pay Setting Board.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM

Functional Statement Title/#: Chief, Surgical Service/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation and/or Recruitment incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidate.
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. Non citizens 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 an accredited Surgical Residency Program, 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 as outlined below.

  • Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty.

  • Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance improvement.

Preferred Experience: Ideal candidate would be board certified in General Surgery and/or applicable Surgical sub-specialities.

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.


Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the

year in which the degree was granted, or

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

(COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with

the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met

requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the



The Under Secretary of Health or designee in Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of staff physician under normal or emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; 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: $140,000.00 to $355,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452711000

Job Announcement Number: 16-1813931-T38-JH