Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Hospice/Palliative Care in Richmond, Virginia

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

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 6/30/2017 (249 day(s) away)

Job Overview

*Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820104 *(Include on all documents)

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?

As a VA professional, 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 service appointment authority.

Salary: The applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

**This is an open continuous announcement will remain open until the position has been filled.


Richmond VA Medical Center in Virginia is seeking a full time academic Hospice & Palliative Medicine Physician. Come be an integral part of a growing hospice and palliative care program in Richmond, Virginia. You will join a collegial group of 8 physicians. Interdisciplinary HPC team consists of physicians, nurse practitioner, chaplain, social worker, volunteers, nurses, pharmacist and psychologist.

Richmond VA Medical Center is a complexity level IA facility with academic affiliation to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). VCU has many residency and fellowship programs. Richmond VA medical center has programs in geriatrics, heart transplant, VAD/MCS, radiation-oncology, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, mental health, neurology, telehealth, SCAN-ECHO and PADRECC. Academic appointment at VCU will be based on credentials and experience.

Geriatrics & Extended Care service has several programs; 1) A community living center (CLC) with a dedicated 9 bed hospice & palliative care unit. 2) Medical center wide palliative care consults service. 3) Geriatric Health Care Center. 4) Home Based Primary Care and 5) Home & Community Based Care. Our palliative care consult service completed 325 consults last year. We anticipate growth in our inpatient and outpatient consults. G&EC; provides core rotations for geriatric medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine and pain fellowship programs.

Richmond is state capital of Virginia. Richmond along with surrounding counties of Henrico and Chesterfield has combined population of over 800,000. Richmond is only a 2 hour drive from Virginia Beach, Washington DC and scenic Blueridge Pkwy. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities nearby from theme parks, kayaking, historic sites, hiking and more. There are varieties of public and private school options for K-12 education. There are several public and private colleges and universities near Richmond.

The Geriatrics and Extended Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician will practice within their scope of practice in accordance with their credentialing and privileging. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide physician services consistent with hospice and palliative care philosophy. Consult with attending staff as requested so that pain and symptom management for patients is effectively and expeditiously accomplished.

  • Provide inpatient medical care to the Veterans on the CLC Hospice and Palliative Care Unit.

  • Provide inpatient and outpatient consultation services in palliative care.

  • Be an active participant and facilitate clarification and the development of patient and family goals of care.

  • Facilitate access to appropriate supportive care services.

  • Full and appropriate documentation of patients care services to support professional billing for these services.

  • Consult with the Interdisciplinary Team in establishing plan of care.

  • Weekly participation in interdisciplinary team meetings to review active cases.

  • Participation in on-call coverage for the Community Living Center and Hospice and Palliative care Unit.

  • Develop and provide education to Richmond VA staff and coworkers.

  • Adhere to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff, and the organization.

  • Be involved in analysis of data leading to the development of hospital policies and protocols for the improvement of quality of care.

  • Analyze workload data and work with teams to maximize productivity.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full Time with on call responsibilities.

*Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: *Exempt

Supervisory Position: No

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Recruitment/relocation incentives: Not Authorized

Relocation expenses: Not Authorized

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass a pre-employment examination
  • English language proficiency required
  • 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

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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) 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.

Licensure -Board Eligible/Board Certified and possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

Preferred Experience: Board eligible in HPM or HPM board certified. HPM fellowship training desirable. Direct patient care in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Experience in teaching residents, fellows, medical students and interprofessional team members in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Experience in working with interprofessional team members. Board eligible candidate should obtain board certification at next available date. Basic boards should be in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.

English Language Proficiency -Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by U.S.C. 7402(d)and 7405(f).

Education accreditation - Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Certificate of Foreign Equivalency - 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 physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

Security Clearance


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information
  • Title 38 appointees, hired on a full-time permanent basis, are required to serve a 2-year probationary period.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap. For information regarding the No FEAR Act Regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724.
  • 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-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452725800

Job Announcement Number: VHA-652-17-MVM-1820104-OCA