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Job Title:Physician (Occupational Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:YJ-13-HLB-869923 - amended

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


Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013




Full 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): 869923

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 Compensation Panel to determine your 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.

Recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized.

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

Location Information: 

San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the United States, has one of the most robust economies in the country. Leading industries include healthcare and biosciences, financial services, manufacturing, education, hospitality and tourism, and government/military. Housing is affordable in San Antonio, with an average single-family home price of approximately $184,000. Famous for the River Walk and the Alamo, San Antonio offers residents many other attractions and opportunities for recreation. Popular attractions include SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas; residents also enjoy museums and art galleries, many festivals and special events, and an extensive city park system.


Announcement amended to revise Physical Requirements in the Qualifications & Evaluations section.


  • 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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This position is assigned to the Occupational Health Section of the Emergency Medicine Service of the Audie L. Murphy Division of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). The Occupational Health Physician (OHP) oversees the entire occupational health program for STVHCS, and is the final legal medical authority for the agency regarding workers compensation evaluations. The OHP performs or delegates and oversees a wide range of clinical and administrative duties. The work is performed in an office setting, or for site visits, at the workplace observing work procedures being performed. The patient population served is primarily adults working within the STVHCS.


Duties include:

  • performing or overseeing history and physical examinations for a wide range of clinical and administrative situations including evaluation and treatment of workplace related injuries
  • evaluation and treatment of workplace illnesses once accepted by the OWCP
  • determination of work status and necessary restrictions for injured or ill employees
  • initial assessment of employees presenting to the Occupational Health Clinic if requested by or in the absence of an occupational health nurse
  • duty fitness evaluations
  • medical surveillance evaluations for OSHA and for other agency-regulated potential exposures (e.g. the following programs: hearing conservation , asbestos medical surveillance, motor vehicle operator/driver, pesticide exposure surveillance, laser light exposure surveillance, tuberculosis surveillance, respiratory protection,etc.)
  • evaluations of all persons with potential blood-borne pathogen exposures
  • pre-placement evaluations for the VHA, the VA Canteen Service and the VA Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
  • participating in exposure investigations including being the subject matter expert for employee status regarding potential outbreak investigations and working closely with Infection Control
  • contributing as a member of various agency committees and reporting data and/or offering medical opinion
  • functioning as the Medical Review Officer for STVHCS
  • medically supporting the Employee Smoking Cessation program and other preventive/wellness activities
  • educating the Emergency Department staff on the appropriate manner in which to handle off-tour occupational health issues (the Emergency Department serves as the Occupational Health Clinic off tour)

Providers who meet basic requirements for Emergency Medicine privileging will also provide Emergency Department cross coverage.



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·        U.S. 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


Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • residency training completion in Occupational Medicine, and/or

  • board certification in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine

  • experience working as a staff provider in an emergency department

  • proficiency in typing, use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and familiarity of Internet use

If selected for this position, you must have proof of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac LIfe Support (ACLS) training at the time of credentialing and privileging and re-privileging.


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


Physical requirements:

A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.

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 Wednesday, April 17, 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).  **YOU MUST FILL OUT THIS FORM AND SIGN ON PAGES 3 AND 4** At least one of your references on page 3 should be a physician you have worked with in a clinical setting within the last six months (if applicable)

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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