Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Hospitalist) in Saginaw, Michigan

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

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (28 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/9/2016 (43 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1632631

(For standing register announcements only)*This announcement establishes a standing register of eligible applicants to be considered for permanent full-time appointments. The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on 11:59 PM (EST) January 10, 2016 (edit date when posted) and then again every Friday at 11:59 PM (EST) until the closing date of TAG:Closing Date. All applicants may receive consideration for one year from the date of application. *

*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 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.

Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons of recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes. For more information about the Saginaw area, visit the Great Lakes Bay Region website. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.For more information, please visit the**Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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


This Job Announcement is a standing register - Applicant referrals will be made every Friday starting on 11:59 PM (EST)*January 10, 2016 (edit when posted 14 calendar days from opening)*. Selection may be made at any time during the open period of this announcement.

The Physician Hospitalist will provide the full range of medical care to acutely ill patients in an urgent care setting versus inpatient setting. The Physician Hospitalist will be required to perform services in the inpatient settings of the Acute Care Telemetry (ACT) Unit, Community Living Center (CLC) and/or Palliative Care Units, along with in the Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) mostly during non-administrative hours. The position will require flexibility in order to ensure coverage of patients based upon the day-to-day inpatient census. Evaluation and assessment of patients followed by evidenced-based treatment and interdisciplinary care will be performed in a safe patient-centric and team-based model of care delivery. Coordination of care with primary care, specialty care, mental health and other members of the patient's care team is considered an essential component of this position in order to ensure optimum patient health and the delivery of quality and efficient care; proper patient education; and optimal patient satisfaction. Additional responsibilities include occasional urgent back-up call as a Hospitalist based on a rotational schedule. The duties of the Hospitalist include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides medical services to Veterans on an inpatient basis and outpatient basis the Urgent Care Clinic. This entails hospitalist coverage of ACT, CLC, and/or Palliative Care Units. The inpatient provision of care includes coverage of a small medical ward of acutely ill patients on the ACT Unit.

  • Addresses critical lab value calls from ambulatory care clinics during non- administrative hours.

  • Acts as the consultant for other physicians and mid-level providers for urgent/acute conditions that may arise in primary care and medicine clinics.

  • Maintains timely and complete patient medical records that meet Compliance Program and The Joint Commission requirements.

  • Provides medical services to Veterans on an outpatient basis when required by supervisor. Inpatient provision of care includes acute medical patients, community living center patients, and palliative care patients.

  • Participates in the provision of Pain Management, Mental Health, and End of Life Care to Veterans as required.

Work Schedule:8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, may be required to work some evenings and weekends)

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Hospitalist

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.

Basic Requirements:

a. *Citizenship*. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. *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.

(4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c. *Licensure and Registration.*

d. *English Language Proficiency.* Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.

PLEASE 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. 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 from the following web site: 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.

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) before the starting date of the position. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). The ACLS requirement is satisfied by attaining, and maintaining, current status through an approved AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. No online certifications will be accepted.

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.

Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements:

a) Reaching: frequent extension of the hand(s) and arm(s).

b) Standing: frequently requires the maintenance of an upright position.

c) Walking: frequent moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.

d) Lifting: occasional raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

e) Fingers/hands: constant writing or otherwise working with fingers and/or hands.

f) Talking: constant expression of ideas by means of the spoken word.

g) Hearing: constant perception of sounds at normal range.

h) Repetitive motions: constant substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

i) Vision: constant ability to see near and far, requires depth perception and the ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of colors.

j) Balancing: constant maintenance of equilibrium.

k) Bending: frequent bending of the body downward and forward.

l) Kneeling: occasional bending of legs at knee.

m) Crouching: occasional bending of the body downward and forward.

n) Pushing: occasional use of the upper extremities, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

o) Pulling: occasional use of the upper extremities, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

p) Grasping: frequently requires the application of pressure.

q) Feeling: frequently requires the perception of attributes of objects.

r) Sitting: frequently requires the maintenance of a seated position.

s) Carrying: occasionally requires the use of upper extremities.

t) Tasting/smelling: occasional exposure to smells that may be strong in nature.

u) Climbing: occasionally requires moving from one place to another on foot.

v) Crawling: occasionally requires bending the body downward.

w) Reflex: Constant ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 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. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified," "not eligible," or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. 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. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a two year probationary period.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Mr. Eric Berghoff, Selective Placement Coordinator at (989) 497-2500, extension 13076. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Telework:VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veteran seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. Please visit the Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies document for more information.

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 433999800

Job Announcement Number: BK-T38-16-1632631-BU-SR