Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Hospitalist-Acute Medicine and Surgery) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Opened Monday 4/25/2016 (180 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 4/24/2017 (184 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID:1401751* 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?

*This is an open continuous announcement, and will be used to fill two full-time vacancies. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. *

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. Relocation/recruitment incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The incumbent for this position 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 Philadelphia VAMC seeks board-certified or board-eligible internal medicine or family practice physicians to provide around the clock coverage to patients admitted to acute medical/surgical units along with general internal medicine consultation services. The incumbent functions as the Hospitalist on Duty (HOD) and is responsible for provision of care to a cohort of acute care patients for day or night coverage (8 or 12-hour shifts) including weekends and federal holidays. The applicant should have experience in the management of medical and surgical conditions requiring hospitalization, be competent in performing routine hospital procedures such as lumbar punctures and central line placements, and be committed to in engaging in ongoing process improvement.

The Philadelphia VA Medical Center is closely affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and there is an academic or teaching acute medicine service. Teaching opportunities may be available to qualified candidates.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Daily rounds, physical examination, reviewing progress notes, labs, x-rays, and other chart data and writing progress notes during the day. Daytime or night time coverage would provide appropriate charting for any change of status of the patient including updates for change of medication, transfers to other units and new radiographic findings that change patient management during the "coverage" hours.

  • Provider history and physicals or transfer acceptance notes and medical care plans to all patients assigned to the in-patient non-teaching service up to the capacity of the service.

  • Provide inpatient medical consultation.

  • Coordinate care with the nurse care coordinators, social work service, rehabilitation services, consultation services, interventional services and outpatient primary care to facilitate excellent quality of patient care, efficiency and good outpatient follow-up. All patients can be followed with-in the VA primary care so this enhances good patient care.

  • Respond to all medical emergencies in the hospital while on duty and assist or run codes until the emergency response team is on site.

  • Provide accurate and helpful sign-outs (or hand-offs) to the next team.

  • Complete discharge summaries within 24 hours of discharge as well as communicating discharge to primary care provider.

  • Participate in any on-going hospital initiatives as deemed appropriate such as quality improvement initiatives, clinical pathways etc.

  • Oversight of physician extenders will be required, though the extenders work predominantly day shifts.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Medical license & board cert/elig in internal medicine or family practice
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required


Work Schedule: Full-time- Weekday and Weekend Shifts to include Federal and Non- Federal Holidays.


  • 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.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for all males born after 12/31/1959


  1. Experience in the management of medical and surgical conditions requiring hospitalization.

  2. Experience in performing routine hospital procedures such as lumbar punctures and central line placements.

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: The physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position.

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).

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.

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.

Salary Range: $150,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified US citizens

Control Number: 403205700

Job Announcement Number: PHL-15-1401751