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Job Title:PHYSICIAN - Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-13-JB-881745

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$150,000.00 to $275,000.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 24, 2013 to Friday, June 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 881745

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.

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is recruiting for a qualified full-time physician who is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology (preferred) to serve as the Chief, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service.  The position is primarily administrative, but will also involve some direct patient care duties as well within the clinical expertise of the candidate.  Therefore, the applicant must be board-certified and qualify for an academic appointment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Physician will hold a full-time VA appointment.  The physician must also maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

CAVHS is a Level 1B complexity facility, with two main campuses [Little Rock and North Little Rock], complex, comprehensive Medical/Surgical inpatient service, in-house long term care community living center, eight community-based outpatient clinics, and numerous outpatient programs.  CAVHS trains over 1600 healthcare professional each year including medical students, medical residents, fellows, nurses and numerous additional allied health professions. CAVHS serves over 65,000 veterans. 

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.

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

Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

Appraised Value Option (AVO) is not authorized for this position.

Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Since this is a supervisory position, it is NOT covered by the Bargaining Unit.


  • Current, full and unrestricted Licensure, required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination, required.
  • 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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Duty Location/Campus:  Pathology and Laboratory Medical Service, Little Rock Campus and North Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and after hour duties including night, weekends, and holidays. 

The Service Chief position has two primary roles with respect to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at this facility.  Related to administrative oversight, the service chief must ensure compliance with all quality, policy, and regulatory requirements (e.g. VHA Directives, CAP, Joint Commission standards, etc.) and the availability of an appropriate, well trained staff.  The chief also makes determinations regarding resource management issues, including personnel actions, budget, major and minor equipment, space, contracting, benchmarking, outreach, and networking among others.  With regard to clinical leadership, the chief must ensure that appropriate medical services are available in a timely manner for the support of quality patient care.  Clinical responsibilities will also include performing routine anatomic pathology reports.  The service chief serves as the primary interface for the laboratory with local hospital leadership, other medical services and VISN committees.

The position reports directly to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Chief of Staff and Medical Center Director.  Outstanding interpersonal skills are essential, as the successful candidate will lead multidisciplinary staff in the delivery of excellent health care to our nations' veterans.  Candidates must possess the skills to interact positively with the Medical Center's leadership team to lead and promote staff excellence, staff development, with experience in an academic setting. 

The candidate must have leadership experience both as a clinician and an administrator and be able to inspire and lead teams toward common goals. The successful candidate must have the ability to meet performance measure goals and possess a thorough knowledge of the standards held by the Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies.  Incumbent supervises staff assigned to Pathology and Laboratory Medical Service.


·      Administrative experience-REQUIRED.

·         Hands on activity/experience-REQUIRED.

·         Resident supervision and training-REQUIRED.

·         Residency Program teaching experience-Preferred.

·         Research experience or current research activity-Preferred.

·         Fellowship training in anatomic and clinical Pathology-Preferred.


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•U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

 •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.

The incumbent is a board certified physician in pathology with advanced clinical experience as well as demonstrated administrative and leadership skills.  The incumbent must be eligible for clinical privileges in pathology.  The incumbent must meet the requirement for an academic appointment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), which includes meeting the following criteria:

 •Leadership acumen sufficient to provide direction for single and complex programs in the delivery of Path and Lab Services to inpatients and outpatients;

 •Management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills;

 •Demonstrated skills in providing clinical interface with academic affiliates and other key stakeholders;

 •Management experience regarding university generated education programs and specialty training programs;

 •Demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to care delivery;

 •Documented ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs; and

 •Demonstrates abilities to work well within an executive team.


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

Applicants please note:   All information submitted to this medical center is subject to verification by Vet Pro.  

Citizen of the United States.   Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates. 

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: Periodic walking, standing, bending, stooping, carrying of light items such as medical records, instructional material, books and manuals; at times sedentary.


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. 

Drug Testing Designated Positions:  In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.



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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 Friday, June 07, 2013to 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.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Completed Online Questionnaire, required.

2. CV or Resume, required.

3. VA Form 10- 2850 - Application For Physicians, Dentist, Podiatrists, and Optometrists (Available at - required.

4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration

5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at .

6. Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50), from your Official Personnel Folder, noting current grade, salary and position title (if current or former Federal Employee, required).                                                                                   

The following additional documents are required if you are claiming Veterans Preference:

1.  Veterans' Preference documentation

2.  Legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Your Veterans preference will be based on the documents you submit.

3.  SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, complete and signed.

4.  VA award letter of disability indicating certification of entitlement.

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 881745Fax 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 Friday, June 07, 2013to 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 QuestionnairePrint the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  2. 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.


Jamie K. Briscoe
Phone: (501)257-1442
Fax: (501)257-1774
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR
Fax: (501)257-1774


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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