Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Primary Care) in Savannah, Georgia

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

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (11 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Ralph H Johnson VAMC Charleston is recruiting for 1(one) full-time position for a Physician (MD/DO) in the Primary Care Service Line's Savannah Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The successful candidate possesses excellent medical and communication skills and will function as Patient Aligned Care Team Leader. Savannah, GA is located on the Atlantic coast and offers the charms of the South combined with all the amenities of modern lifestyle. Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):


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?

With over 250 days of sunshine per year, Savannah is located in one of the most desirable geographic areas of the United States. Founded in 1733, the city grew quickly to become a major center for agriculture, industry and military installations. Its rich history provides a cosmopolitan lifestyle and excellent recreational opportunities such as quick access to the Atlantic Ocean and first-class shopping and dining experiences. Drive 20 minutes east of Savannah through a few miles of wide sky and salt marches, and you will find Tybee Island with its landmark lighthouse, Fort Screven historic district and a myriad of recreational opportunities.

The Savannah Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) cares for over 10,000 Veterans and operates within the Primary Care Service Line located at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. The clinics are staffed by a total of 12 Primary Care teams organized according to the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model that represents the Patient Centered Medical Home principle. The clinic currently offers radiology, mental health, physical therapy, dietary, podiatry, optometry and social work support services.

At the beginning of October 2016, the clinic is moving into a new, state-of-the-art 54,000 sqf. ambulatory care facility that will offer expanded imaging capabilities including on-site Computed Tomography (CT) as well as additional specialty care coverage. As the parent facility, the RH Johnson VAMC in Charleston offers the full range of specialty care services according to its designation as a 1b VAMC.

The Primary Care physician position offers a Monday-Friday outpatient clinic setting with work assignment for extended clinic hours according to VHA Directive 2013-001. The physician will function as the leader of his/her Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). The successful candidate will have a high level of medical knowledge and possesses all the qualities for providing comprehensive and compassionate primary care services for "those who served". The position calls for excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and offers input into projects pertaining to the development of the clinic. It is designed for a long-term and full-time professional relationship with the Primary Care Service Line at the RH Johnson VAMC Charleston.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive MAY BE authorized for exceptionally well qualified candidates.


The Physician will be responsible for providing comprehensive primary care services to a defined panel of patients. This includes history taking, physical examination, ordering of laboratories and diagnostic studies, diagnosis, and formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions within the scope of Internal Medicine or Family Medicine practice. He/she will document all medical information in an electronic medical record. Treatment will include prescription of medications within the guidelines of the VA formulary referral to specialty care services as appropriate, admission to hospital care when indicated, patient education and counseling. You are expected to practice in accordance within accepted professional standards, organizational values, and with a commitment to excellent customer service.

You* 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.

Work Schedule:*8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday with the option to work assignment for extended clinic hours and/or weekend clinics according to VHA Directive 2013-001.*


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.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • 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.
  • Completion of residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: Board certification in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine

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: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Use of fingers, Walking, Standing, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted)

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. 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

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 $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452418900

Job Announcement Number: NZ-17-JT-1817562-BU