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Job Title:PHYSICIAN (Infectious Disease)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13-027

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$97,987.00 to $195,000.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 01, 2012 to Thursday, January 31, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  758595(Include on all documents)

The Albany Stratton VA Medical Center is currently looking for (1.0 FTEE) Staff Physician (Infectious Disease)

Tour of Duty:  Monday through Friday (8:00am to 4:30pm)

The capital district of New York State offers a wide variety of lifestyles, excellent public and private secondary education, numerous institutions of higher learning, many destinations of historic, cultural, and scenic interest, four district season, and a diverse and growing economy.  Albany is one hour by car from the Catskill, Adirondack, Berkshire, and Green Mountains and three hours from Montreal, Boston, and New York City.  The Finger Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway can be reached in a half-day. 


VA physicians practice medicine more and spend less time on business tasks. Enjoy an environment that supports an interdisciplinary care team approach that delivers state-of-the-art medicine using some of the most advanced medical techniques and technologies in the Nation. Plus, VA offers an unparalleled variety of practice options in research, academia, and administration. Enjoy a superb quality of life. VA ensures and encourages a healthy work/life balance. VA does so through predictable scheduling, reduced paperwork, the elimination of billing hassles, and lifting the burden of liability coverage. Our physicians do so by using their generous vacation/personal leave.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package and malpractice insurance coverage is provided at no cost to you.


  • US Citizenship
  • Full, unrestricted license required (in any US State or Territory)
  • English language proficiency
  • Designated random drug test
  • Background and Security Investigation


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The Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, at the Stratton VA Medical Center (SVAMC) is seeking a third board-certified/board-eligible Infectious Disease Physician at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The Stratton VA Medical Center is located in the heart of Albany, NY serving veterans in 22 counties of upstate New York, western Massachusetts, and Vermont in close proximity to many major cities. SVAMC is an academic health center that provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical services.  It partners with Albany Medical College, a 630 bed tertiary care center, with which it has a fully integrated Department of Medicine and shared medical residencies and fellowship programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in antimicrobial stewardship and healthcare epidemiology. In addition to active participation in the infection control and prevention activities of the hospital, the candidate will attend on the inpatient and outpatient general infectious diseases consultation service, provide care for HIV patients, teach medical students and residents, and participate in research programs of the Section. A research track record or strong interest in research is highly desirable.  This is a wonderful opportunity for a clinician/investigator/educator wishing to build a vibrant career in academic Infectious Disease. Position requires participation in an on-call rotation on weekends, nights, and holidays. The Stratton VAMC is an active teaching hospital and is physically adjacent to the Albany Medical College, Albany, NY.


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  • United States Citizen;
  • Possess and maintain a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine from any State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or in the District of Columbia;
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Infectious Disease;
  • BLS/ ACLS Certification
  • English Language Proficiency: Physicians, inclduing Residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).
  • Applicant must have strong interpersonal skills.


Experience Required:


You must have one year of specialized experience at a level comprable to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position.


Qualifications Requirements Note:


Candidates musts meet all regulatory requirements for Physician per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, and Appendix G2, dated April 15, 2002 as listed.

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


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions 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 must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***


Drug Testing:  This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the VA Drug-Free Workplace Program.  If you are tentatively selected for the position and are not now in a TDP subject to random testing, you may be subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to final selection.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will not be selected.


Physical Requirements:  Selected candidate will be required to successfully pass a medical examination.


Background Investigation:  Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required background investigation.


Reasonable Accommodation:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


Your CV and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Leave and Holidays

·         Full-time physicians/dentists earn 26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave each year and may accumulate up to 120 days.  Annual leave begins to accrue immediately and can be used as it is earned (with supervisory approval).

·         Full-time physicians/dentists earn 13 days of sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation.

·         Part-time physicians/dentists earn a pro-rated amount of annual and sick leave based on their work schedule.

·         Military leave is authorized up to 15 days each year for active reservists and National Guard members.

·         There are 10 paid Federal holidays per year.


Health and Life Insurance

·         VA offers a variety of group health insurance plans with premiums partially paid by the Federal Government.  You can change plans yearly.  Employee contributions vary from plan to plan and are also determined based on work schedule (full-time vs. part-time).

·         Term life insurance with coverage based on salary is available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.  Family and additional coverage options are available.


Liability Protection

·         VA physicians/dentists are covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  The United States Government accepts responsibility and liability for the actions of its employees during the exercise of their official duties.  VA physicians/dentists, therefore, are protected by the Federal Government in instances of alleged malpractice or negligence resulting form the performance of their duties in or for the Veterans Health Administration.  Therefore, VA physicians/dentists are not required to carry personal malpractice insurance.



·         Newly hired employees are covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is a three-tier retirement plan composed of Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax-defer as much as 13 percent of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service.  The Federal Government also provides a basic contribution and matching, depending on the amount of the employee contribution.


Salary Information

·         Each grade level has of 10 steps. 

·         Starting salaries and grades recommended by a Physician/Dentist Professional Standards Board based on professional education/training/experience.

·         Physicians/Dentists appointed at less than the 10th step of the grade are awarded increases within each grade based on demonstrated performance and may receive accelerated increases for outstanding performance or achievement.



This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online (button at the right side of this screen) to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


YOU MUST INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED FORMS IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed forms to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 758595.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 31, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following requirements:


  1.  CV or Resume.
  2.  VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at;
  3.  Occupational Questionnaire or completed occupational questionnaire via faxed 1203FX form; 
  4.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at 
  5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  6.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.


Bobbie Kirsch
Phone: (518)626-7091
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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