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Job Title:Physician (Director of eICU/Intensivist)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-AEF-870127

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

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$97,987.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 05, 2013 to Monday, August 05, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens (Non-Citizens will only be considered if no qualified citizens are available)


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 870127

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?



The Cincinnati VA Medical Center is recruiting a full-time Director for the VISN 10 Tele-ICU program. The Tele-ICU program provides remote critical care support and monitoring for the Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dayton VA Medical Centers. Remote critical care telemedicine (Tele-ICU) is a collaborative extension of the bedside critical care team whereby specialty-trained critical care physicians and nurses utilize monitoring software including threshold and trend alarms to assess patients and other associated clinical data and communicate with bedside providers, patients, and their families via two way audiovisual connections.  Within the TeleICU Center p hysicians work collaboratively with experienced critical care nurses to co-manage critical care patients at distant sites. Tele-ICU leverages specialist intensive care personnel to provide management for increased numbers of critically ill patients who are dispersed among various geographically dispersed facilities. 


The  Cincinnati VA Medical Center is an active teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  The Medical Center is a level 1B complexity hospital that offers a wide range of specialty and subspecialty services.   There are opportunities for research and building an educational program in affiliation with the University of Cincinnati. 


VA professionals have the opportunity to serve the nation's veterans in a career providing opportunities for creativity, advancement, variety, and a good balance of work and home life. They enjoy many benefits including:

  • Excellent lifestyle
  • Attractive retirement benefit package
  • Paid malpractice insurance
  • Variety of health insurance program options
  • 26 days annual paid vacation which can accumulate to 86 days
  • 10 paid government holidays annually
  • Paid sick leave (13 days annually)
  • 401 K with facility matching and several investment options
  • Annual salary depends on credentials and experience
  • Potential for Pay-for-Performance bonus
  • Teaching institution with strong affiliation and opportunity for joint appointments with affiliate.
  • Team spirit:  outstanding, experienced, dedicated staff
  • Compressed tours available



As a VA physican, 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 .


NOTE: Salary will be determined by a Physician's Compensation Panel and will be based upon the incumbent's experience and education. This position is open until August 5, 2013 or until the position is filled.


Relocation expenses are not authorized 



  • 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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The TeleICU Medical Director (TIMD) provides clinical, organizational, and administrative leadership for the VISN 10 TeleICU program and reports to the VISN CMO and VISN 10 administration.   The TIMD works closely with the Technical (Computer and Information Technology) Lead and the Nursing Lead for planning, implementation, and operational oversight.   The TIMD supervises the scheduling of the TeleICU physicians, manages TeleICU and critical care physician issues including recruiting and hiring, credentialing and privileging, initial and ongoing professional performance evaluations, simulations, interactions with training programs, monitoring and compliance with current and future critical care standards of care and guidelines,and implements new protocols. The TIMD is able to provide clinical services from the TeleICU Center and is responsible for interacting with all networked ICU Directors in all facilities to ensure operation of the TeleICU program. The TIMD works with vendors and biomedical and information technology staff to ensure continuous and uninterrupted technical operation of the TeleICU program.  


TeleICU Physician duties include but are not limited to:

  • Medical evaluation, monitoring, and management of patients presenting with critical illness complaints, diseases, and injuries, and in need of critical care, including high-risk, high-volume and problem-prone procedures, exclusively via telemedicine techniques from remote access.
  • Accessing the patient's medical record and clinical database as needed to permit clinical evaluation, decision making and recommendations or orders and require the ability to perform a history and physical exam, review and interpret the medical record, form a differential diagnosis and clinical plan, make appropriate clinical decisions and provide recommendations, consultation and/or orders.  
  • Diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting with critical illness complaints, diseases, and injuries exclusively via telemedicine techniques from remote access.
  • Triage of patients with non-critical illness complaints, diseases, and injuries to appropriate disciplines for diagnosis and treatment, remote monitoring and management of devices such as pacemakers, chest tubes, ventilators including complex ventilator management, pulmonary artery catheter, central venous catheters, calibration and operation of hemodynamic recording systems and interpretation of hemodynamic waveforms and data.  


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Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, dated 4/15/02.

Basic Requirements:

a)     Citizenship - Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.)

b)     Education - 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.

c)      Licensure and Registration - 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

d)     English Language Proficiency - Physicians, including 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)

Interested candidates must be board eligible or board certified.

Basic Medical Education: M.D. or D.O.


Minimal Formal Training : Applicant must have completed an ACGME/AOA-accredited and approved residency training program in internal medicine, surgery, or anesthesia, followed by completion of an accredited and approved training program (fellowship) in critical care medicine.   Alternatively, applicant may be Critical Care Medicine (CCM) certified through the ABIM.


Critical Care Board Certification : Applicant should have achieved Board Sub-certification in CCM or certification by the ABMS-approved or AOA-approved Board in which the practitioner practices or currently meets the qualifications required to take the Board and successfully completes the Board examination within 5 years of appointment OR: successful completion of a Neurocritical Care fellowship program (that will qualify applicant for eligibility for UCNS certification) within the past 24 months.


Alternative to current active CCM board certification: With the approval of and at the discretion of the VISN 10 Chief Medical Officer: otherwise qualified applicants with one of the following additional qualifications may also be considered for TeleICU Medical Directorship and critical care telemedicine privileging: 1) Successful completion of ACGME-approved CCM fellowship in the past 4 years; OR: 2)   Successful completion of Neurocritical Care fellowship more than 24 months ago (must provide documentation of meeting eligibility requirements for neurocritical care certification through UCNS) OR: 3) Education, training, current significant experience, and demonstration of competency and clinical/technical skills in critical care deemed appropriate by the VISN 10 Chief Medical Officer, and documentation of current unrestricted ICU privileges in a Joint Commission accredited hospital.


Required Previous Experience : Applicant must be able to demonstrate he/she has a satisfactory number of critical care inpatient encounters within the last 24 months, as judged by the VISN 10 Chief Medical Officer.  

Additional Requirements: Applicant must have current ACLS certification and maintain such certification as an ongoing requirement for ICU telemedicine privileges.  

Applicant must be a member in good standing of a Joint Commission accredited hospital at which he/she holds unlimited critical care privileges and has current active membership.  



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 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.

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete the following forms within 3 days from the date of the tentative offer of employment: 

If you are selected for this position, an Official Transcript will be required in order to verify the educational requirement.      

You may upload the completed forms to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded forms 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, August 05, 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. 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 # 870127.  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.

You may upload completed forms to your USAJOBS account if you apply online.  You can then use the uploaded forms when applying for future vacancies.  For help uploading documents or for other general questions, please see the HELP/FAQ's link at the bottom of the USAJOBS webpage


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV, Resume or VA Form 10-2850 (If submitting a resume please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.  If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked). VA Form 10-2850 can be found at the following:
  2. Copy of Transcripts OR on your CV/Resume/10-2850 provide the institution(s) name, degree(s) conferred, and the month(s)/year(s) completed
  3. Online Assessment Questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. 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
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.


Audra E. Fields
Phone: (513)475-6361
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH


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.

NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made.  Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment.  Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.

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