Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Gastroenterologist in Topeka, Kansas

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

Opened Monday 1/25/2016 (273 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 1/24/2017 (92 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1607984

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?

*A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.*

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applicants will be referred to selecting official on a weekly basis OR until the closing date of the announcement. Applicants need not re-apply once the application is referred to the selecting official.

Live and work in the heart of America! The Topeka VAMC is settled in a great city a mere hour drive from Kansas City. Topeka is rich with fantastic quality of life, attractions and hometown values.

Please visit our facility site to learn more at**

Since 1946, the staff of the Colmery O'Neil VA Medical Center has been serving veterans. Today, we proudly serve our nation's veterans with excellent health care as part of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System (VAEKHCS). We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can.

Topeka, Kansas is a short 1 hour commute from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from Lawrence, Kansas home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. In Topeka, you will see the architectural wonders and historical treasures, like the Kansas Statehouse, Constitution Hall, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and the Charles Curtis House Museum. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine with a stroll in our expansive outdoor parks, nature trails and at scenic Lake Shawnee. Feel the excitement of race day at Heartland Park Raceway or cheer on the home team at an action-packed sporting event. From Washburn University athletics to collegiate baseball, junior ice hockey and indoor football, Topeka has events to cheer about year round. Experience all Topeka has to offer at

VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System's primary service area consists of 39 counties in Kansas and Missouri. Veteran population in these counties totals over 104,000. VAEKHCS provides care to approximately 36,000 veterans.


Services to be performed include but are not limited to:

  • outpatient examinations,

  • provides consultation service related to gastroenterology to the medical staff,

  • admits and manages inpatients with various gastrointestinal diseases,

  • oversees the administration of conscious sedation,

  • performs GI procedures including:

  • EGD (gastroscopy)

  • Paracentesis

  • EGD with Peg Esophageal manometry

  • Colonoscopy

  • 24 hr pH monitor

  • attends Gastroenterology team meetings,

  • attends Medical Service staff meetings and meetings of the Medical/Dental staff,

  • serves on medical staff committees,

  • participates in quality assurance programs and chart review, ensures communication with incoming evening Hospitalist regarding patient care issues,

  • completes medical records including:

  • history and physical exams within 24 hours of admission,

  • progress notes daily for inpatients and for each encounter on outpatients,

  • consult notes within 24 hours of evaluating patient,

  • discharge summaries within 10 days of hospital discharge,

  • new or renewal of prescriptions, transfer summaries and/or discharge instructions

Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician - Gastroenterologist

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel to the Leavenworth facility is 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below. 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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctible in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted)

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.

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

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: $200,000.00 to $290,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: By law, U.S. Citizens will be given first preference but non-citizens will be considered in the absence of qualified citizens.

Control Number: 427425900

Job Announcement Number: YN-EA-16-KS-1607984-BU