Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Chief Medical Officer in Tuskegee, Alabama

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

Opened Friday 4/29/2016 (343 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 4/28/2017 (21 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Dothan, Alabama, Ft. Rucker, Alabama, Columbus, Georgia and Monroeville, Alabama. The Primary Duty Station for this position is at Tuskegee, Alabama. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

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.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Outpatient Clinic is accountable to the ACOS/Ambulatory Care or designee for the coordination and oversight of clinical and administrative activities in the outpatient clinic. The incumbent is responsible for performance improvement activities in the clinic. Directs and supervises clinical activities of the Primary Care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Supports other Services Chiefs and Clinical Directors in overseeing the operations of Primary Care, Women Veterans, OIF/OEF, specialty, and all ancillary services performed in the clinic. Devotes 80% of time to direct patient care, serves as a role model for peers. Responsible for the oversight and coordination of process improvement initiatives, assuring teamwork, and addressing customer service issues in the clinic. The position includes broad management and administrative responsibilities.

NOTE: The professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Work Schedule: Typical work hours are between 08:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

FIRST CUTOFF DATE: May 15,2015 Applications received by the first cutoff date will be referred first. Applications of qualified applicants received after the first cutoff date will be referred to the selecting official once every week until the closing date (September 30, 2015) or a selection is made.


The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Outpatient Clinic is accountable to the ACOS/Ambulatory Care or designee for the coordination and oversight of clinical and administrative activities in the outpatient clinic. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination and oversight of clinical an administrative activities in the outpatient clinic. The incumbent is responsible for performance improvement activities in the clinic. Directs and supervises clinical activities of the Primary Care Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnostic work-up and clinic intervention, including comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to Veterans in the Primary Care team setting; outpatients include both scheduled and unscheduled Veterans;
  • Function as an integral part of a Primary Care multi-disciplinary team to coordinate, facilitate, and provide patient care and services.
  • Discriminate between normal and abnormal findings to establish a diagnosis and initiate appropriate response to emergency health problems.
  • Initiate appropriate referrals and consultations to other clinical services;
  • Order and evaluate diagnostic tests as appropriate, recommend treatment and/or referral;
  • Validate the effectiveness of previously implemented medical treatment;
  • Initiate, evaluate, and change orders for medications;
  • Include patient and family in planning care and establishing realistic measurable goals for health maintenance/improvement;
  • Record/document health appraisal information, clinical assessments, treatment decisions, plan of care, ongoing management and therapeutic outcomes, order medications, diagnostic tests and referral consultations where needed for every patient encounter; recording will be accomplished using the electronic comprehensive patient record system (CPRS), and will be completed on the day of the encounter;
  • Respond to computerized "alerts" indicating diagnostic test abnormalities and to health line requests from Veterans/Family members on the day of receipt (weekends excepted);
  • Follow Performance Measure guidelines, including completion of clinical reminders in CPRS; access and timeliness standards; prescription order entry, National VA formulary requirements, and customer service standards;
  • Work effectively with patients, families, members of the multi-discilplinary team, and other CAVHCS staff.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in responding to clinic demands, adhere to personal and professional obligations and responsibilities, practice and maintain ethical standards, and sustain a work environment that is harmonious and customer service oriented.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate lifting, pulling, and carrying. Must be able to walk, stand, and bend for 2-4 hours per day. Able to distinguish between basic colors. Hearing (aid permitted). good interpersonal skills, working closely with others. Use of fingers for 6-7 hours per day.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Will be required to provide services for all CAVHCS locations as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Full Unrestricted Licensure, Certification or Registration required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements*:*

U.S. Citizenship - Must be a citizen of the United States

Physical Standards - Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required.

English Language Proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken an written English.

In addition to the above basic requirements education, experience, and licensure/registration are required.

PHYSICIAN (Primary Care), VM-602-00

U.S. Citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Incumbent must have a degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

Incumbent must have current full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Common wealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Incumbent must have successful completion of an approved residency training program in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, or Family Practice.

Must be board certified or board eligible in the area of Internal Medicine.


PHYSICIAN (Primary Care): VA Handbook 5005, part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard.

Permanent Change of Station Expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station authorization includes the relocation of a household and travel expenses to new location due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. PCS expenses for non-VA employees are limited. For more information go to

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.

EDUCATION- 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, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted, or (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.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position. Your will be notified via email when this decision has been made.**


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered. For more information please visit us at **

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

Other Information

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: $110,000.00 to $262,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 437517400

Job Announcement Number: JU-T38-183-Gw-1693251