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Job Title:Physician - Chief Hospitalist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13BK-194

SALARY RANGE:

$110,000.00 to $210,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

VM-0602-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 883733

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.

This vacancy if for the Chief Hospitalist position at the Albany, VAMC.  This vacancy will be used to fill (1) full-time (40 hours per week) permanent appointment.  The tour of duty for this vacancy will be various times/shifts.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research.  We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you.  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 http://www.va.gov.

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.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

 

A recruitment incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Position may be filled prior to the closing date.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy.  Applications will be reviewed every two weeks.  If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).  Please contact the EDRP coordinator in Human Resources at the Albany VAMC for more information.

 

 


 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment and background investigation
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Board Eligible/Board Certified in Internal Medicine

DUTIES:

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The Albany VA Medical Center is seeking applicants for the position as Chief of Hospital Medicine.  The Albany VA is located in the beautiful Capital District of NY which boasts variety of cultural offerings and outdoor activities, excellent quality of life, good cost of living and proximity to larger metropolitan cities including NYC, Boston, and Montreal.

The Albany VA is a tertiary care facility, affiliated with Albany Medical College. Hospitalists teams supervise internal medicine residents and medical students as part of an active teaching service.  All VA physicians in the Department of Medicine receive faculty appointments at a rank commensurate with training and experience.  The Albany VA is recognized as a quality top performer hospital at the forefront of technological advances. Services offered include but are not limited to,  Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Robotic Surgery, Integrated Behavioral Health Care, Geriatrics, and Acute and Chronic Dialysis.

The Chief of Hospital Medicine reports to the Chief of Medicine.  Assigned duties and responsibilities are performed throughout the Medical Center, often in a close interdisciplinary collaboration with other clinical services such as the Department of Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, and Geriatrics/Extended Care. This is an important clinical leadership position that also interfaces with the medical center's administrative leadership.  The successful candidate follows established acceptable evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, remains current in scientific medical advancements and state of the art medical practices, and provides oversight and mentoring to 5 full-time incumbent hospitalists.  S/he follows appropriate ethical principles, policies and protocols defined by the organization. Each hospitalist functions as a cooperative and collegial team member with the entire medical center staff. It is the responsibility of the Chief for Hospital Medicine to oversee, define and establish the direction of the inpatient hospital program, including quality improvement opportunities. S/he ensures that best clinical practices are used in conformity with accepted VHA Hospital Medicine directives.  The Hospital Medicine Chief oversees the educational instruction of Albany Medical College residents and students assigned to inpatient medicine rotations at the VA, ensuring that a robust educational curriculum is followed to meet the educational needs of the post-graduate training program, working in close collaboration with the Medical Residency Program Director.

 

                                                 

     


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Internal Medicine
  • A minimum of 5 years of prior experience in hospital medicine, ideally in an academic tertiary hospital setting

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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: The Chief Hospitalist Physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position.  Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 2 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. 

 

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 

As a new employee serving on an excepted service appointment in the Federal civil service, you will be required to complete a two year probationary period.  This period provides your supervisor with an opportunity to assess your conduct and job performance.  Please note that an employee serving on a probationary period may be terminated at any time during this period, with limited appeal rights, for unacceptable job performance or unacceptable conduct.

 

 

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.



HOW TO APPLY:

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

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 20, 2014 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.




REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 883733.
  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 20, 2014  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bobbie Kirsch
Phone: (518)626-7091
Fax: (518)626-6777
Email: BOBBIE.KIRSCH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Albany VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Stratton VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY
12208-3410
USA
Fax: (518)626-6777

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

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