Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Substance Abuse) in Orlando, Florida

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

Opened Friday 9/2/2016 (52 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1793389

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? Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the following facilities; a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program (located at the Lake Nona Campus), Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Tavares, and Orange City. Our new medical center is currently open for many outpatient services and will continue to open more services, including inpatient beds and an emergency department, throughout 2016. The new 65-acre medical campus has 134-inpatient beds and provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.

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 Orlando VAMC is seeking a full-time Internal Medicine or Family Practice physician to work in the SUD clinic. Preferred candidates will be Board Certification in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine with certificate of added qualifications in Addiction Medicine. The incumbent will be assigned to the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program and the SUD Clinic. The incumbent will be expected to prescribe buprenorphine for induction and maintenance to patient with opiate use disorders and will be expected to assist in the development of an ambulatory alcohol detox clinic. The candidate will be the consulting physician to the SUD clinical team, participate in inter-professional treatment team meetings and functioning as a core member of the treatment team. The incumbents will be expected to provide supervision to psychiatry or internal medicine residents and medical students in the direct care of Veterans with complex psychiatric needs including substance use disorders.

Work Schedule: The candidates must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours. The candidate must be willing to be place, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. The physician will also be expected to provide supervision of the primary care mid-level provider assigned to the Domiciliary if needed and to also provide medical coverage to the psychiatric unit and the Domiciliary if needed. The provider may be detailed to any site within the Orlando system. Every effort will be made to try to keep their clinical work at the site they were hired to work at: the candidate may need to provide clinical services off tour and will be required to receive critical clinical messages no matter where or when your primary site and tour are.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in similar positions within corporate Orlando. This includes the same grade level and occupational series, but may be used for a different service or location.

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

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.
  • Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. 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.

Preferred Experience:Preferred candidates will have Board Certification in Internal Medicine for Family Medicine with certificate of added qualifications in Addiction 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.

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: Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Applicants will receive (up to) four status updates during the course of this recruitment action. They are:

  1. Receipt of application.
  2. Whether or not you meet the eligibility/qualification requirements for the position.
  3. Whether you were referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
  4. Final disposition on the recruitment action (e.g., was the position filled, re-announced, etc.).

We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:

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

Salary Range: $0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449521200

Job Announcement Number: ZY-16-CC-1793389