Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Palliative Care) in Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Opened Tuesday 8/23/2016 (62 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1784414

About Indianapolis VA Medical Center:Provides acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Some noteworthy specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, radiation oncology treatment and community based extended care. The medical center operates three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Bloomington, Indiana, Terre Haute, Indiana and Martinsville, IN. The more than 61,000 patients (3,700 women Veterans) treated by the Indianapolis VA Medical Center require over 657,000 outpatient visits and over 7,900 inpatient episodes of care yearly. Indianapolis VA Medical Center is a tertiary care medical facility with 229 authorized beds. For more information, please click on the link:

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.**

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.


The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center is looking to recruit a Staff Physician (Palliative Care) to provide care for our Veteran Patients. This position is located at the main facility in Medicine Service. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff Palliative Medicine physicians are ultimately responsible for consultation and follow up of palliative medical care delivered to patients under their care.

  • Staff Palliative Medicine physicians provide or assist fellows, residents, students and/or nurse practitioners in the process of evaluation and treatment of the patient, and actively participate in corrective actions against untoward responses to medical interventions.

  • Staff Palliative Medicine physicians evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status during their stay. A Consultation note, with the appropriate level of detail, will be entered into the medical record along with an assessment and plan for acute and ongoing care as well as discharge planning. A progress notes are written in the patient’s chart on a regular basis.. Notes also include the concurrence with notes written by the fellow, resident, student or Nurse Practitioner, and attending notes as appropriate, in a manner consistent with the VA guidelines for resident and trainee supervision.

  • Staff Palliative Medicine physicians perform inpatient medical evaluations and treatment, as well as provide consultative services to non-medicine services in a timely manner.

  • During scheduled tour hours, Staff Palliative Medicine physicians shall be available for all urgent assessments and interventions as part of the inpatient care team.

  • Staff Palliative Medicine physicians are appropriately credentialed and privileged. They participate in various hospital committees, Medicine Service and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the Medicine Service and the hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through the VA peer review process.

  • Staff Palliative Medicine physicians shall be responsible for graduate and undergraduate medical education, and scientific research as appropriate.

Work Schedule:*Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Functional Statement Title/#: *Staff Physician (Palliative Care)/000000

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 United States Citizen to apply
  • Subject to completion of a two year probationary period upon appointment

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.
  • Must be eligible for a clinical appointment to the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty due to the medical center's affiliation with IUSM.

Preferred Experience:

  • Recent substantial experience in provision of Palliative Medicine inpatient and/or outpatient care (recent practice of the full range of inpatient and outpatient procedures and practices) within the last 2 years, or recent graduation from a training program in Palliative Medicine.
  • Board certification or board eligibility by American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
  • Board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine

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; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

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).

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 $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448464900

Job Announcement Number: MD-583-16-SS-1784414-BU