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Job Title:  Physician (Chief Neurology)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  WC-13-DT-878190

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,000.00 to $235,000.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 878190

OUR MISSION: 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 professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.


  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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The Miami VAHealthcare System located in Miami, FL is seeking a well qualified full-timephysician with innovative leadership skills and excellent interpersonal skillsto join as Chief of Neurology. The Neurology Service provides a full range ofpatient care services including a state certified primary stroke center, amultiple sclerosis and epilepsy centers of excellence and a four bed sleepcenter fully accredited by the AASM.  Services are provided in an inpatient and outpatient setting at the mainfacility in Miami – the Bruce W. Carter Medical Center and outpatient services at the Broward Outpatient Clinic.  

The Miami VAHealthcare System is seeking candidates with clinical knowledge and experience tomonitor and assess clinical competencies and practices; interpersonal skills todeal harmoniously with a diverse population of internal and external customers;  time management skills to prioritizecompletion of a high volume workload; and the ability to achieve results in thesetting of constrained resources. Applicants must have a demonstrated abilityto meet the responsibilities of this position.

The Chief ofNeurology will have clinical and administrative responsibilities anddemonstrate an interdisciplinary approach. The Service Chief is responsible forsupervision and leadership of the provider and support staff assigned toNeurology Service. This position reports directly to the Chief of Staff. Themajor duties and responsibilities include: leadership for neurology programs toensure compliance to excellent standards of patient care; participation inrecurrent facility leadership meetings; responsible for ensuring thatindividuals with clinical privileges competently provide clinical care within thescope of privileges granted; recommends appointment, reappointment and clinicalprivileges for each member of the service and others requesting privilegeswithin the service.

The Miami VAHealthcare System is a teaching hospital. The position requires the ability toqualify for a faculty appointment at the Department of Neurology, Miller Schoolof Medicine, University of Miami.



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A.   Citizenship.   Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it was not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

B.   Education.  Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from acourse of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.   The degree must have been obtained from oneof the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year inwhich the course of study was completed.  

C.   Licensure and Registration.   Current, full and unrestricted license topractice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of theUnited States, or in the District of Columbia.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State oflicensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, currentlicensure.  

D.   EnglishLanguage Proficiency.   Physicians, including residents, appointed todirect patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written Englishas required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

E.   BoardCertified/Eligible.  Board Certified in Neurology is highlypreferred.

F. Residency: Completion of a firstyear residency, or its equivalent.



Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. 

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Mainly sedentary; however, there may be on occasion Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

Once you have applied on-line please submit your CV to Dr. Kenneth Nissim at

Dr. Nissim can be reached at 305-575-7000 ext 3244.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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

VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at (required).


Copy of medical license (required).

If you are a graduate of foreign education you must submit your ECFMG certificate (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 878190.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Agency Information:
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL


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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