Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Ophthalmology) in Salem, Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Salem, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Wednesday 7/20/2016 (91 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (72 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1757309

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.

Salem VA Medical Center is accepting CV’s from interested Ophthalmologists to join its experienced staff of physicians and health professionals full-time in the Department of Surgery at the Medical Center. The selected candidate will provide comprehensive Ophthalmology care services as well as follow-up care of existing conditions and management of emergency conditions.**

In addition to our continuing commitment to quality Veteran care, Salem VA Medical Center is also a teaching hospital and research center, maintaining both an active R&D; program encompassing multiple specialty practices as well as three active medical school affiliations with the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke, both of which are nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. The Salem & Roanoke metropolitan area provides its residents with a reasonable cost of living, affordable housing, low taxes, some of the finest public and private schools in Virginia, and many urban amenities traditionally expected of larger areas, including art and entertainment venues, museums and galleries, symphony, ballet, and competitive youth sports for the family. In addition to the rich diversity of metropolitan experiences available to our residents, the Roanoke Valley also offers numerous opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Smith Mountain Lake, beautiful mountainside wineries and golf courses, and a variety of National parks and wildlife areas.

Ø Recruitment or Relocation Incentive is negotiable.

Ø You may be eligible to apply for student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program, with maximum awards of up to $120,000 for qualifying medical education loans.Please contact Human Resources at this Medical Center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


IMPORTANT: This is an open continuous announcement. The first cut-off date for this vacancy announcement will be Friday, August 14, 2015. Subsequent candidates will be reviewed for interview on the 15th and 30th of every month - starting with August 30, 2015 until this position is filled.

TOUR OF DUTY: Day Tour, 7:45am – 4:30pm, with call rotation, as necessary.

The selected candidate will be responsible for performing duties to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Provides pre-operative and post-operative ophthalmology services, including hospital rounds, for surgical patients;

  • Performs and supervises ophthalmic surgery including laser procedures in the operating room, minor surgery room, and laser room;

  • Conduct weekly outpatient and inpatient clinics, averaging twenty to twenty-five (20-25) patients per day;

  • Provide non-operative Ophthalmology hospital rounds for ophthalmology patients;

  • Document services through appropriate notes, such as History and Physical, Progress notes, Operative notes and Discharge Summaries;

  • Critiques morbidity and mortality information and documentation as needed;

  • Alternate On-Call coverage with other VAMC Staff Ophthalmology Surgeon(s) and outside consultants;

  • Educates residents and students in the principles and therapy of complex and basic ophthalmology surgery and services;

  • Assist residents and students in selecting, developing and preparing abstracts for presentation at meetings

  • Participates in clinical research protocols either developed locally in cooperation with other faculty or developed at other institutions for multi-center studies;

  • Performs administrative duties involved in the proper functioning of the Surgical Care Service Line; and

  • Performs other related duties, as required.**

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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.


  • Citizenship. Candidate must be a citizen of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3g.

  • Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

  • Licensure. Applicant must 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.

  • Residency. Candidate must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of VA for the year in which it was completed.

  • 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), 7407(d).

REFERENCE: Candidate must meet the appropriate qualification standard for Physicians as defined by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the basic qualifications required for this position, the following additional qualifications are necessary for this position:

  • Board eligibility is required, with board certification strongly preferred.

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.

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 physical requirements of this position include occasional 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, 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 an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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).

Other Information

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.**

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Control Number: 445251400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-658-16-JH-1757309-BU