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Job Title:Staff Pathologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-618-WT-13-VU800891

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

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$97,987.00 to $220,000.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 5, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis, MN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 800891 (Include on all documents)

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience. The possible salary range will be dependent on your specialty/board certification.

AMENDED ON 12/5/2012 Changes to Salary and Duties 

Please note: Applications will be referred to the Search Committee as they are received. You may either apply online or email your CV and Summary of Professional Goals to Waneda Turner at

 The Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is looking for a full-time academic pathologist who is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and experience

in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with subspecialty board certifications in Cytopathology and Molecular Genetics.  We are searching for a strong academically oriented cytopathologist/ molecular geneticist to serve as Director of the Minneapolis VAHCS Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Laboratories, and Assistant Director of the Cytopathology Laboratory. The selected individual will also provide anatomic pathology and cytopathology services to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and its affiliated community based outpatient clinics.  The Minneapolis VA Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service accessioned 14,000 surgical pathology specimens, 5000 cytologies, and 50 autopsies in 2011, and performed 24,000 microbiology cultures and 4000 molecular tests.   The Minneapolis VAHCS is a major teaching affiliate of the University of Minnesota pathology residency program.


The position offers a competitive salary and benefits. Performance pay possible. Extensive benefits include generous leave and holiday policies, a generous retirement package, which includes a retirement savings plan with employer matching contributions, health and life insurance benefits, a fitness center and a child care center.  


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

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  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Random drug testing
  • Physical standards


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Major Duties:

Formulates and reports diagnostic information on various anatomic pathology specimens to include surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy pathology.  Provides intraoperative and intraprocedural consultation as requested, including processing and interpretation of frozen sections.  Evaluates and processes gross surgical pathology specimens.   Interprets surgical pathology and cytology specimens within CAP guidelines for turnaround time. Orders and interprets appropriate immunohistochemical stains and special stains. Performs and/ or supervises autopsies, issuing timely reports.   Performs bone marrow biopsies and fine needle aspiration of palpable masses.   Provides 24 hour on-call services as designated in the monthly schedule.   Provides direction to the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Laboratories. Consults with clinicians regarding appropriate selection of tests and interpretation of microbiology and molecular testing results. Evaluates new commercial assays for medical necessity, technical quality and cost-effectiveness. Plans and oversees a R&D program for in-house clinical assay development, and meets weekly with technical supervisory staff to review R&D progress. Monitors quality measures in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Laboratories, and supervises technical staff in troubleshooting technical problems. Assures compliance with all applicable VA Central Office, CLIA, and CAP standards. Prepares the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Laboratories for CAP inspections, and responds to any deficiencies or recommendations. Consults with other pathologists and cytotechnology staff regarding difficult cytopathology cases. Assists with all quality assurance activities in the Cytopathology Laboratory. Participates in all mandated quality assurance activities and completes required continuing medical education.   Participates in multidisciplinary conferences such as Tumor Board and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. .  Ensures that performance of duties complies with CAP, JCAHO, and other applicable regulatory standards.   Follows safety and infection control regulations.   Teaches residents, medical students, and other healthcare personnel who seek training within the field of pathology.   Supports the research mission of the VA.  .  

Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA
  • Educational requirements - 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
    • Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
    • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
    • 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.
    • For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.
  • First-Year Residency (Internship) - Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:
    • Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR
    • Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

The following requirements for this position are as follows:

  • Board certification

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Salary determination will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. Grade and salary will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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You may either apply online or email your documents directly to


To apply online:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 07, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 800891

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Please submit:


  1. CV
  2. Summary of professional goals


 Please note: If you apply online, you will complete the Online Questionnaire also


Waneda Turner
Phone: (612)467-2060x4340
Agency Information:
VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN


Applications will be referred to the Search Committee as they are received. You will receive an email notification when your application is referred.

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