Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pulmonologist/Intensivist in Togus, Maine

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Togus, ME
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1806741

VA Maine Healthcare System (formerly Togus VA Medical Center) proudly serves Maine's veterans at a main campus in Augusta or any of nine outpatient clinics. It's a modern 67 bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as 40 Skilled-Longer Stay beds, a 25-bed Dementia Unit, and a hospice unit. Living in Maine offers excellent quality of life and access to many cultural and recreational activities.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

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.**

Overview of Intensivist Duties: In conjunction with the Surgical or Medical attending physician and other consultants, the Pulmonologist/Intensivist (hereafter PI) directs the care of all patients in the Intensive Care Unit. The PI provides continuous vigilance; early intervention and ongoing care with the goal to decrease ICU related morbidity and mortality. In addition, the PI proactively communicates with the other members of the team to assure optimal results.

Overview of Pulmonologist Duties: When not scheduled for Intensivist duties, the PI will assume the role of consulting pulmonologist. As such, s/he will perform inpatient/outpatient procedures, inpatient/outpatient consultations, and inpatient/outpatient follow-up care.


Specific Intensivist Responsibilities: (on rotation)

  • Examine and evaluate each patient soon after admission to the ICU and notify the admitting physician of assessment and recommendations.

  • Perform and document a Critical Care Medicine consultation on all patients.

  • Write ICU orders in addition to the admitting physician orders as deemed necessary for optimal care.

  • Perform and document subsequent evaluation of all patients in the ICU on daily rounds once every twenty-four hours and as needed.

  • Coordinate with the admitting physician and consultants to organize diagnostic and treatment plans for all Intensive Care Unit patients.

  • Participate in the Rapid Response Team (RRT) per hospital policy.

  • Perform and document diagnostic/therapeutic procedures within the scope of individual clinical privileges.

  • Respond to all cardiac and respiratory arrests in the ICU, assuming the role of the Code Team Leader.

  • Sign out to the oncoming physician to assure an informed transition of care.

  • Complete off-duty summary notes when leaving ICU service.

  • Assist in the appropriate transfer of patients within the Medical and, as possible, with transfer to other facilities.

  • Participate in patient care rounds daily with the charge nurse, pharmacy, dietary, case management, respiratory care, pastoral care ICU nursing staff.

Specific Pulmonologist Duties:

Diagnoses, treats, and manages patients with pulmonary diseases according to accepted standards of care.

  • Performs outpatient Consultations in Pulmonary Clinic (8 to 15 patients per day).

  • Provides inpatient Pulmonary Consultations.

  • Performs invasive procedures for which s/he has been granted privileges.

  • Performs Compensation and Pension exams and/or reviews as requested.

  • May admit ICU patients critically ill with pulmonary diseases and/or requiring assisted ventilation.

  • Interprets pulmonary function tests.

  • With appropriate skills, may participate in Sleep Medicine Program.

Administrative Duties:

  • Participate in the educational programs for the critical care unit personnel as well as the medical staff.

  • Participate in monitoring the quality, safety and appropriateness of patient care.

  • Attendance at ICU Committee meetings is mandatory.

  • Participate in developing and updating policies and procedures specific to the ICU.

  • Demonstrate ethical conduct and serve as a positive role model to others at all levels of the organization.

  • Participates in quality assurance programs and chart reviews.

  • Attends Medical Service staff meetings and Medical/Dental staff meetings.

  • Completes medical records in accordance with Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff.

  • Participates in Medical Staff committee assignments.

  • Performs other duties assigned by the Chief of Medicine.

*Work Schedule: *8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, excluding recognized Federal holidays. In addition, one in four call schedule is required.

*Functional Statement/Scope of Practice Title/#: *Pulmonologist/Intensivist/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Full unrestricted licensure, certification, or registration 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 allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place 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.

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.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Board Certification or eligibility in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine by the appropriate accrediting agencies.

  • Current BLS and ACLS certification.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling/pushing (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours); standing (4 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (1 hour); both legs required; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

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.

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Position will be filled as soon as desirable candidate has been identified.


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

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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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 $348,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 451156900

Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-16-AMR-1806741-BU