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Job Title:  Physician (Section Chief, Cardio Thoracic Surgery) - part-time
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-671-13-HB814727

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$140,000.00 to $385,000.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Part Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814727

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. 

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 

Your education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) to determine your grade and salary if you are selected for this position. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. 

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 23, 2013, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after January 23 will be reviewed and referred for consideration as they are received.


A relocation or recruitment incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant.


The payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS)/relocation expenses is not authorized.


This position may be filled either on a full-time or part-time basis (part-time hours may be up to 70 hours per biweekly pay period). The Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) for the full-time position is 776967. If you want to be considered for a full-time position and a part-time position you must submit an application under both announcements.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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If selected for this position, you will serve as the Section Chief of Cardio Thoracic Surgery, assigned to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Surgical Service.


Responsibilities include:

  • supervising staff physicians assigned to the section
  • diagnosing and treating patients with medical diseases, accomplished through ambulatory and bed-based resources assigned to Cardio Thoracic Surgery
  • actively participating in patient care through hospital rounds, morning reports, conferences, consultations, participation in ambulatory care and other similar activities
  • coordinating and providing Cardio Thoracic surgery consultations throughout the medical center
  • recruiting qualified physicians to perform comprehensive and specialized patient care and teaching
  • participating in the selection and development of all resident physicians and insuring that education experiences of Cardio Thoracic Surgery are of the quality and quantity expected by relevant accrediting bodies
  • administrative responsibilities include: Morbidity & Mortality Committee, peer reviews, proctoring of staff, clinical performance and access measures, OPPE and FPPE, clinical pertinence reviews, performance evaluations and proficiencies, and conducting staff meetings
  • making long-range plans for the continuing function and development of the section and for the development of sound and carefully documented organization plans and budget proposals for presentation to the Chief of Surgical Service and top management
  • representing the Cardio Thoracic Surgery Section on important medical center committees with influence on patient care, teaching and research and closely monitoring all other committees on which Cardio Thoracic Surgery has representation
  • serving as an important counselor for on-going research activities, especially those involving Cardio Thoracic Surgery; reviewing research proposals and manuscripts and when appropriate, providing counsel to investigators in the course of their work


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  • Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed only if it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine
  • 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
  • First-Year Residency (Internship)
  • English language proficiency

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • Board certification by the American Board of Cardio Thoracic Surgery 

Proof of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) training at the time of credentialing and privileging and re-privileging will be required.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  A physical is required for this position.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. 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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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. 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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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 VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form 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.

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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

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

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.    CV or Resume.

2.    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at ) (required).

3.    If you have prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214  or proof of service (required). 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

4.    If you are currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).


Helen L. Brooks
Phone: (210)617-5300x14937
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
San Antonio, TX


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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