Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Gastroenterology) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Opened Friday 5/20/2016 (157 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 5/19/2017 (207 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID:1709995* Include on all documents*

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?

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.

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

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.



*Major Duties: *This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Eastern Region, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 4), Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC), Medicine Service, Gastroenterology Department in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Provides direct patient care specific to sub specialty of gastroenterology and Hepatology in the inpatient and ambulatory clinic settings. Provides timely screening and resolution of consultations from other disciplines in inpatient and outpatient settings. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions specific to sub specialty including endoscopic procedures to units/programs in the Medical Center to which they are assigned and have clinical privileges to practice including diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management. Orders diagnostic tests and discriminate between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions. Ensures documentation of care in the medical record in keeping with the bylaws of the Medical Center. Provides supervisory oversight residents, fellows, medical students, Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant students, as appropriate, who are assigned to the Gastroenterology Service. Provides supervisory oversight of the clinical care on the inpatient service and ambulatory clinic of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants as appropriate. Participates effectively in team meetings and treatment planning conferences, and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members in a manner that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care. Provides weekend and holiday coverage of the gastroenterology consultation service in rotation with other staff gastroenterologist. Ensures that the practice of medicine is consistent with Joint Commission, CARF, VA policies and procedures, clinical practice guidelines, VISN standards, national statutes and regulations, medical record documentation, mandatory continuing education, and HIPPA policies. Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief of Staff within clinical privileges to meet the needs of the organization.

Work Schedule: Full time

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination



  1. U. S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  2. Have a degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting for 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:
  3. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
  4. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year the degree was granted.
  5. 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.

  6. Must possess and maintain 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.

  7. Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

  8. Meet the physical standards outlined in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. This will be evidenced by completion of a pre-employment physical.

  9. As this a direct patient care position, physician selected must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).

  10. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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 G2, 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.

Please follow all instructions listed under "How to Apply" section to ensure a complete application package.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of teh applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

*WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: *After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position. During our review, if your resume and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Applications will be provided to the selecting official every two weeks until the vacancy is filled or the announcement closes. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status". For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.



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

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

Other Information

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $300,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 439523900

Job Announcement Number: PHL-16-SLe-1709995