Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Medical Director -Nursing Care Center) in Tuskegee, Alabama

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

Opened Tuesday 2/2/2016 (261 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 2/1/2017 (104 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1609126

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?

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama. The primary duty station for this position is in Tuskegee. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

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.

FIRST CUTOFF DATE: February 12, 2016 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 (February 1, 2017) or a selection is made

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.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be approved for highly qualified candidates.


The Medical Director of the Nursing Care Center (NCC) is accountable to the ACOS/GEC&R; or designee for the coordination and oversight of clinical and administrative activities in the NCC. The incumbent is responsible for performance improvement activities in the NCC. Directs and supervises clinical activities of the NCC nurse practitioners. 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.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnostic work-up and clinic intervention, including comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to Veterans in the NCC setting.

  • Function as an integral part of a NCC 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-disciplinary 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;

  • Promote all NCC initiatives.

Supervisory Controls:

  • The Medical Director of NCC must take the required learning courses and meet performance measures and monitors specific to Geriatric Primary Care. The Geriatric Primary Care physician is expected to be familiar with and comply with all national standards utilized at this medical treatment facility, including JCAHO and NCQA standards, complete required CBTs, CME, and mandated VA training.
  • Performs under the general supervision of the Associate Chief of Staff for GEC&R.; The incumbent works with a high degree of independence and exercises a wide degree of latitude in decision making and judgment in completing assignments.
  • Incumbent's supervisor sets priorities but allows the employee to organize recurring activities. Completed assignments are evaluated for technical soundness, usefulness, and conformance with VA requirements.

Work Schedule:* Monday - Friday8:00 am to 4:30 pm*Functional Statement Title/#: 00000**

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to other sites within Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
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.

Preferred Experience: Board Certified/Board Eligible Geriatrician, Family Practice or Internal 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: Lifting 15-44 pounds, carrying 15-44 pounds, Use of Fingers, Near Vision correctable 13"-16" Jeager 1-4, both eyes required, depth perception, hearing aid permitted. Must be able to communicate, ability to use computer.

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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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: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427526400

Job Announcement Number: JU-T38-117-16-CSA-1609126