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Job Title:  Physician, Sleep Medicine Clinician-Educator
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VS-13-834339-AP

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
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OR United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


To fulfill President Lincoln's promise:  "To care for him who has borne the battle, and his widow and his orphan”, by providing the best care anywhere to Americas Veteran's

Magnet Designated since 2006


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?

As a VA professional, 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 


Physicians appointed to the Medical Staff of the Portland VA Medical Center and assigned to the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine will function as independent licensed practitioners.  By no later than July 31, 2013, candidates must:

1. Hold a full and unrestricted license in any state

2.  Be board certified or board eligible in Sleep Medicine.  There are multiple routes to formal sleep certification:

                      i.        The candidate may have completed a fellowship in sleep medicine and be board certified or board eligible for ABIM/ABPN certification in sleep medicine, and/or

                     ii.        The candidate may have been granted ABIM/ABPN certification in sleep medicine after an appropriate period of clinical practice, and/or

                    iii.        The candidate may have received formal certification from the American Board of Sleep Medicine.



  • 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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Sleep medicine specialists appointed to the medical staff of the Portland VA Medical Center are independently licensed practitioners who hold a full and unrestricted license in any state.  Sleep medicine physicians detect, diagnose, and treat patients with issues encompassing insomnia, hypersomnia, the parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, breathing and ventilation problems, movement disorders, and sleep issues related to medical, mood and anxiety disorders.  They are expert in history taking, physical examination, patient counseling, differential diagnosis, and medical therapeutics. The sleep medicine physician is also expert in test interpretation including polysomnography, titration of positive airway pressure including CPAP/BIPAP/AVAPS/ ASV titration studies, portable sleep testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing, multiple sleep latency testing, actigraphy, and the fitting and use of facemasks for non-invasive delivery of positive airway pressure.  Sleep medicine specialists provide care to patients in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. 


A “clinician-educator” will spend the majority of his/her time in direct patient care or in the supervision of sleep fellows, medical students, and residents in either inpatient or outpatient settings, or both.  In addition to the role as clinician, the Clinician-Educator is encouraged to have either major administrative responsibilities for an educational or clinical program, or a record of continuous productivity in research as documented by publications in peer reviewed journals.



            A sleep medicine physician at the Portland VA Medical Center is assigned as a clinician-educator to the Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care.  As assigned by the section chief, clinical duties will include:


1.             Outpatient sleep clinics

2.             Consult review, triage, and completion of E-consults

3.             Interpretation of polysomnograms

4.             Supervision of sleep fellows

5.             Supervision of technicians in the CPAP clinic

6.             In rotation with others, home call for the Sleep Disorders Center

7.             Telemedicine and (possibly) outreach clinics

8.             Indirect patient care:  returning telephone calls, responding to patient emails, reviewing and renewing prescriptions, reviewing clinical data, communicating results to patients, and communications with primary care providers and other specialists, as appropriate. 

9.             Optional:  those with training and board certification or eligibility in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, neurology, or psychiatry will have the option to perform some of their clinical duties in their area of primary certification.


Teaching is an integral component of the activities of a general internist at the Portland VA Medical Center.  The incumbent will be expected to have outstanding teaching skills.  Teaching will be conducted in the clinical setting, as well as in didactic sessions with learners at all levels.


A sleep medicine specialist at the Portland VA Medical Center may be assigned administrative, managerial, quality management or quality of care responsibilities through participation in clinical and educational administrative committees, task groups or special work groups within the medical center. 


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Your salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined by a Compensation Panel, which is a peer review process.  The Compensation Panel will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internships and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary within the guidelines set forth by VA Handbook 5007, Part IX.


Education/Experience Requirement:

Degree of doctor 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. c. 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.].

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

Physical Requirements:

The position may require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10 to 12 hours each day.  In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift and turn.  Under urgent or emergency situations, the incumbent will need to run, sprint or run up or down stairs. 



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, required documentation 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, up to 5 weeks 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 position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

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

Although the duty station is shown in this announcement, it may be necessary to utilize the selected person's services at a different location within the Portland VA Medical Center commuting area if conditions require it in the future

Applicants without prior federal service will be appointed at step one of the grade

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.   Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law
(5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must register with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions.

A security clearance and a favorable suitability determination are required.   Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are examples of reasons an offer of employment may be denied.

This position is provided parking privileges on station.  

Relocation incentive may be authorized.

A drug test may be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.

A pre-employment physical examination will be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.

Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).

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

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all Federal wage and salary payments are paid to employees by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).


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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 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.

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

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. Please use one 1203FX for answering your questions. If questions restart, simply continue numbering down the form.     
  4. 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.
  5. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
  6. Please allow up to 48 hours for your faxed materials to upload to

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following 834339  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 Monday, March 11, 2013.



All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document




REQUIRED FORM:  OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment: 

If you have prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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

If currently employed in the VA system, include latest NON AWARD SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action available at (required).


HR Help Desk
Phone: (503)273-5236
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Hospital and Specialty Care Division
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
Portland, OR
97239 Fax: (478)757-3144


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 via your USA Jobs account when this decision is made.

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