Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Medical Officer - Norton, Virginia VA Outpatient Clinic in Norton, Virginia

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

Opened Thursday 5/19/2016 (154 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1710152

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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?

Norton, Virginia, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in Wise County, Norton is in a picturesque location surrounded by majestic mountains and brilliant views. Enjoy many activities including outdoor adventures, museums, outdoor dramas, camping and fishing, while nestled in the heart of Appalachia.

The Norton Outpatient Clinic provides a vital source of healthcare for a large Veteran population in the area. The clinic is part of the James H. Quillen VA Healthcare System located in Mountain Home (Johnson City) Tennessee.

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.

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.

The James H. Quillen VAMC strongly encourages persons that are interested in and may represent multicultural diversity to apply. We have a long-standing Multicultural Diversity Committee led by mental health professionals devoted to educating, monitoring and furthering our awareness, practice and outcomes in regards to multiculturalism.

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.


Duties: The duties will include providing vital healthcare services to Veterans as the Lead Physician at our new clinic located in Norton, located in Wise County, Virginia.

This is a unique opportunity to take a role of leadership in program development and in providing Primary Care services. A career with the Veterans Health Administration affords unique advantages including working with a team of highly dedicated professionals in providing quality services for our Nation's Veterans and a "family friendly" work schedule. State of the art Electronic Medical Records Systems and advanced Telemedicine services are an integral part of our operations. This is an outpatient position without call responsibilities. Outstanding health care and retirement benefits are provided as well as a generous vacation / leave package

We are seeking an immediate fill for full-time Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to serve at the facility. The Physician reports directly to the Chief of Primary Care and Community Medicine at the Mountain Home VA. The Physician is charged with providing outpatient-only primary care for eligible Veterans in the area. The required skill set includes current Primary Care clinical proficiency, willingness and ability to encourage teamwork, implement new initiatives and maintain high standards of performance. A broad working knowledge of and experience with VA policies and procedures is desirable, but not mandatory. VA Primary Care Providers are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the patients' care, making referrals to specialists, ordering procedures, ordering and monitoring all medications plus handling all their patients' acute needs.

Work Schedule: Generally administrative-type hours, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday (some clinic hours may be extended as needed)

Salary: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Physician Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.

Additionally, the selected physician will be eligible for our education debt reduction program. Please contact William Hoss, HR Specialist (**), for more information and a referral to the EDRP Coordinator.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for well qualified candidates.
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.
  • Education. 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. Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Licensure. 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Background in ongoing outpatient primary care clinics.

  2. Board certification in Internal Medicine/Family Medicine.

  3. Leadership

  4. Highly Motivated

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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

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: Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeating bending. They should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

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.

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

Salary Range: $170,000.00 to $210,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 439542700

Job Announcement Number: 621-38-16-48-WLH1710152-BU