Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Adult Internal Medicine Physician / Palliative Medicine in Portland, Oregon

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

Opened Sunday 7/10/2016 (148 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (25 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1748106

"OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's charge – "To care for those who shall have borne the battle, and their survivors and families"– 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 incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respectto all, and to pursue* Excellence.*

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

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive:Recruitment/Relocation incentive is authorized for this position.


The specialist in palliative medicine serves as a consultant to other physicians for patients with life-limiting or serious advanced illnesses in an outpatient and/or hospital setting. The palliative medicine specialist is expert in history taking, physical examination, test interpretation, patient counseling, communication skills/advance care planning and differential diagnosis and medical therapeutics. The palliative medicine specialist evaluates and manages adults who have single or multiple disorders in all of the subspecialties in the broad field of medicine and specifically palliative medicine. The practice of palliative medicine is not delimited by the location in which a patient is seen and occurs in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

VA palliative medicine specialists receive an academic appointment commensurate with qualification at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). OHSU clinical privileging requires the provider successfully pass the ABIM certification examination and maintain board certification in areas of clinical practice. The incumbent may participate in exchange of clinical services within the Division of Geriatrics as defined in a Memorandum of Understanding between the VA and OHSU. This exchange of clinical care is considered to be part of your VA position and will be conducted in additional to the VA tour of duty requirements.

A “clinician-educator” will spend the majority of his/her time in direct patient care or in the supervision of housestaff and students in both the inpatient or outpatient settings. In addition to the role as clinician, the Clinician-Educator is encouraged to have either major administrative responsibilities for an educational or clinical program or a record of continuous productivity in research as documented by publications in peer reviewed journals.


As assigned by the section chief, clinical duties for this position will include: 1.Outpatient clinics related to Palliative Care 2.Residents and fellows supervision and training in clinic 3.Creation and management of templates and order sets to facilitate non-face to face care (Consults, e-consultation) 4.Inpatient palliative medicine consult service attending 5.Completion of palliative medicine E-consults, face to face, and telehealth consults. 6.Indirect patient care: returning telephone calls, responding to patient emails, reviewing and renewing prescriptions, reviewing clinical date, communicating results to patients, communications with primary care providers and other specialists, as appropriate, and implementing improved quality in systems delivers.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800-1630 Functional Statement Title/#: Adult Internal Medicine Physician/Palliative Medicine

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment or Relocation Incentive MAY be authorized if determined to be in the best interest of the VA Portland Health Care System
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. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • English language proficiency.

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: This position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10-12 hours each day. Moderate lifting (15-44lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44lbs), Straight pulling (1 hour); Pushing (1 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 12 hours); Standing (up to 12 hours); Repeated bending (1 hour); Climbing, legs only (1 hour); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

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

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.


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

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.

Full Time VA Physicians accrue 26 days per year of annual leave and 13 days of sick leave. The VA recognizes 10 Federal Holidays.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Other Information

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.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 444176100

Job Announcement Number: VS-16-ML-1748106-BU