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Job Title:Staff Physician (Clinical Investigator)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-671-886277-13-OC-MAC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$97,987.00 to $195,000.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 02, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013




Part Time 60 hours - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX View Map


Part-Time with potential to Full-time without competition


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 886277

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 is an open continuous announcement that is opened until filled.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing  basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.

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.


Applications that are receiveid by 11:59 P.M (EST) on May 16, 2013, will be considered first.  If no selection is made from the first group of applications, then applications received after May 16, 2013, will be considered, if needed, and certificates will be issued to the selecting official as vacancies arise or as qualified applicants are identified.


  • 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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Physician provides inpatient and outpatient care, as applicable, in accordance with (IAW) VA standards.  Conducts research in the following areas: metabolism, gerontology, physiology, metabolomics, cellular biology.

The Clinical Investigator, Geriatrics Research, Education, & Clinical Center (GRECC), are responsible for all aspects of primary or specialty medical care provided by them. S/he serves as the point of contact for care provided to the patient, including care provided by physician extenders.  Conducts research in accordance with VA standards.  Analyzes and interprets data and uses the results of this work as the basis for generating manuscripts for publication, reports for funding agencies, papers for presentation at scientific meetings, and proposals for new funding support. Keeps accurate and complete records of data. Demonstrates productivity by a record of sustained publications in reviewed journals and/or presents data at national meetings in area of specialty. Contributes expertise to colleagues and associates, initiating contacts and collaborative arrangements.

Incumbent will obtain grant funding for geriatric-related research as a Principal Investigator (Pl) or Co-Pl from NlH, VA, and/or similar funding sources.

The GRECC Clinical Investigator attends to veterans' medical, nursing, rehabilitative and psychosocial needs in a least restrictive treatment environment, which integrates clinical, research, and educational activities for the older chronically ill and functionally impaired. Incumbent conducts all professional activities and interactions with patients, families, community agencies and VA staff in a manner consistent with professional expectations.


Supervision of Physician Extenders:  

The Clinical Investigator works collaboratively with the physician extender staff.  Although s/he may delegate aspects of care to the physician extender, s/he is responsible for assuring the quality and comprehensiveness of all care provided by him/her.  As the extender staff is not licensed independent practitioners, the staff attending physician is responsible for co-signature and verification of all notes and orders by the physician extender and amendment or revision thereto.


Physician works independently, exercises clinical judgment in dealing with complex clinical, research,  and education  decisions and daily problems, and coordinates with other disciplines concerning total patient care using professional knowledge and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles and methodology.


Clinical Duties: The Clinical Investigator, GRECC is expected to remain privileged and practicing in their specialty field.  The exact privileges and procedures for a particular provider will be approved by the Professional Standards Board.  All physicians must meet the following qualifications:


1)      Patient Care: Practitioners are expected to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life.

2)       Medical/Clinical Knowledge: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others.

3)       Clinical Judgment: To ensure practice-based learning and improvement, practitioners are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care.

4)       Interpersonal & Communication Skills: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team.

5)       Professionalism: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, and understanding   and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession.

6)      Systems-Based Practice: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided, and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve optimizing health care.


C. Research and Development 


1)      Conducts research in the following areas: metabolism, gerontology, physiology, metabolomics, cellular biology.

2)      Demonstrates an ability to identify and define significant Research and Development problems, plan and execute a research program, and to generate effective reports and results worthy of publication. 

3)      Conducts research in accordance with VA standards.

4)      Analyzes and interprets data and uses the results of this work as the basis for generating manuscripts for publication, reports for funding agencies, papers for presentation at scientific meetings, and proposals for new funding support.


D. Education


1)      Practitioners are expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision.


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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.
  • Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.


Preferred Experience:


1.Basic Life Support (BLS) is preferred.


2.Board certification is preferred. 



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.


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.  Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.


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. 

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


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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 Friday, November 01, 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):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850-Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

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

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 886277.
  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 Friday, November 01, 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.


Maria A. Canales
Phone: (210)617-5133x14951
Fax: (210)949-3884
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
78229 Fax: (210)949-3884


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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