Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Gastroenterologist) in Memphis, Tennessee

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

Opened Thursday 12/31/2015 (295 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1302658 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 VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

The VAMC in Memphis is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, VISN 9, which includes facilities in Lexington and Louisville, KY; Huntington, WV; and Nashville and Mountain Home, TN.

For more information about the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

NOTE: This is an open continuous announcement and will be opened until filled. The initial cut-off date is March 2, 2015. After that date, applications will be reviewed on a periodic basis.


The Medical Service department at the Memphis VA is seeking a* Gastroenterology Staff Physician*. The candidate for this position will provide direct patient care and physician coverage in all clinical programs within the GI Section of Memphis VAMC, to include GI clinics, inpatient and outpatient GI consults, and inpatient and outpatient GI endoscopies. Evening/night and week end calls to be shared with other members of the GI Section.

The additional duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform both emergent and elective, diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopies and upper GI endoscopies.

  • Educate and train Medical Students, Residents, as well as Gastroenterology Fellows, in the specialties of Internal medicine and Gastroenterology. These activities will be provided through bedside and inter-disciplinary team rounds, didactic sessions, and Grand Round presentations.

Location: Medical Service

Incentive: A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, day shift (8:00AM - 4:30PM); weekend and weekend night calls are in rotation among gastroenterologists. Position may be filled Part time, as necessary.

Functional Statement Title: Physician (Gastroenterology)**

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
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.
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Board Certification

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

  • U.S. citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA
  • Educational requirements - 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
  • Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
  • For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.
  • First-Year Residency (Internship) - Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residency are:
  • Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR
  • Other residency or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.
  • All qualification requirements must be met prior to appointment.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.* *


The incumbent must be Board certified or eligible in Gastroenterology

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency and efficiency in colonoscopy and upper endoscopy and related procedures.

Training in advanced endoscopy

Familiarity with the electronic medical record.

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.

PLEASE 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: The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactory perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

Important note


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. .

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all health care professionals who claim licensure, certification, or registration must be credentialed in the VetPro system. VetPro is an Internet enabled data bank that facilitates primary source review of all credentials related to employment. The VetPro process must be completed prior to appointment to this position.

Successful completion of a two year probationary period may be required.

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.**

Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

Applicant’s Responsibility: It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

Salary Range: $99,957.00 to $300,000.00 / 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)

Control Number: 391533800

Job Announcement Number: RZ-15-MT-1302658-OCA-4CA-BU