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Job Title:Physician (Urologist)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-664-13-AAO-896126

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

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$97,987.00 to $295,000.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Friday, June 21, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 896126

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.

Postion Description #/Title/FS:  Physician (Urologist) Functional Statement


PCS/Relocation Expenses will not be authorized for this position. 


Recruitment/Relocation Incentive will not be authorized for this position.  To receive consideration for an incentive, the selectee must be among the best qualified and meet the criteria established in the VA Handbook 5007 Part VI Chapter 2.


  • 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
  • U.S. Citizenship


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The VA San Diego Healthcare System has one (1) part-time permanent vacancy in Surgical Service for a Physician (Urologist).  He/she is responsible for the following duties:

1.    Provides clinical services to eligible Veterans.   Services are provided within the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center and surrounding clinics, in outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs. The Section Chief will perform the duties of a physician surgeon in the Section of Urology as follows:

a.     Analyze patient’s medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation’s necessity and to determine best procedure.

b.     Prescribe preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient’s operative area.

c.     Examine patients to provide information on medical condition and surgical risk.

d.     Follow established surgical techniques during operations.  Operates on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patient’s functions.

e.     Refer patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.  Examines instruments, equipment, and operating room to ensure sterility.

f.      Prepare case histories.

g.     Provide consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.

h.     Ensure personal qualities such as emotional stability, dependability, positive relations with VA and DOD staff and community, adherence to ethical standards, eliciting cooperation, attendance/participation in clinic meetings and peer councils. 


2.    Administrative Responsibilities:

a.     The Section Chief will provide oversight of the Urology  Section regarding Leadership, Personnel, Patient Care, and Budget.

b.     Section Leadership

                                                         i.     Conduct regular (monthly) Section meetings with all physicians, providers, nurses and clerical staff and others that work with the Section in the O.R., clinic and wards.

                                                        ii.     Work with multiple Services and Divisions throughout the hospital to improve outcomes in efficiency.

                                                      iii.     Develop and implement the philosophy, objectives, policies, and standards of the VA that are essential to the delivery of quality surgical care.

                                                      iv.     Establish and promote an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between all staff disciplines within the Surgery Service. Help foster a high level of patient and staff satisfaction.

                                                       v.     The Section Chief will participate in the administration of programs, committees, and other staff functions as delegated by the Chief of Surgery or the Medical Executive Committee. 

c.     Personnel

                                                         i.     Responsible for the direct supervision of Surgeons, Physician Assistants and/or Nurse Practitioners.

                                                        ii.     Be responsible for annual performance review for staff surgeons and mid-level providers in Surgical Service with recommendations for recredentialing.

                                                      iii.     Assure the maintenance of continuing education and mandatory staff training for staff surgeons

                                                      iv.     Monitor Section staff work hours. Sign employee timecards every other week on Thursday afternoon

                                                       v.     Produce a monthly verification report by the 25th of each month indicating all physicians in section have active physician privileges and identify those needing reprivileging in the next 2-3 months.

                                                      vi.     Produce a clinical call schedule by the 25th of each month for the next month for residents and attendings in the Section.

                                                    vii.     Ensure all Leave Requests for Section physicians are entered into VISTA prior to leave

                                                   viii.     Monitor Employee satisfaction within the Section.

d.     Patient Care

                                                         i.     Collaborate on a frequent basis with staff of the operating room, PACU, ICU/DOU, ER and wards to facilitate the operations of the Section.

                                                        ii.     Quality assurance and performance improvement. Review VASQUIP data with the VASQUIP officer  

                                                      iii.     Monitor and take action when appropriate in the following areas:

1.     Wait times and access to clinics.

2.     Encounter errors

3.     Consult completion

4.     Delinquent medical records

                                                      iv.     Complete timely M&M and Peer Review documents. Final Peer Review by Section Chief must be completed and signed off by Final Peer Reviewer within 45 days from the day the surgical team became aware of the occurrence.

                                                       v.     Participate in the monitoring of Joint Commission standards compliance and CARF preparation and accreditation.

                                                      vi.     Acts as a Service Ambassador for all patient issues, including complaints, tort claims, and Congressional responses.

e.     Monitor Section Budget and resource requests.

3.    Academic Responsibilities

a.     The Section Chief is responsible for the teaching of residents and medical students, as well as oversight of the care provided by residents and students. 

b.     The Section Chief will be expected to hold an appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and comply with rules and regulations related to said appointment.  The provider should expect to participate in faculty committees, residency training.

Facilitate and encourage academic surgeons to pursue education and research opportunities. Collaborate effectively in this mission with the Chair, Department of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine and the Chief of Surgery at the San Diego VA.


Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM with on-call duties on the weekend, night and holiday coverage, as necessary.



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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.


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

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. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research or academic position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate’s credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area. (See chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part, on waiver of licensure provisions.)

c. Licensure and Registration

(1) Physicians (Except Residents). 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.

(2) Residents. 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 before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

(3) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part.

(4) Waiver of Licensure. Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations.

d. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate’s acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

(1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

e. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

f. 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).



a. Associate Grade. Meet basic requirements. The individual qualifies to perform general duties under supervision.

b. Full Grade. Meet the requirements for Associate grade and have completed additional training, such as the second year of an accredited residency, and/or experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties without supervision.

c. Intermediate Grade. Meet the requirements for Full grade, and have completed additional training, such as an accredited residency in an area not directly related to the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned, and/or experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision.

d. Senior Grade. Meet the requirements for Intermediate grade and have demonstrated recognized professional attainment such as:

(1) Past or present faculty appointment in an approved medical school or

(2) Completion of an accredited residency in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area, or

(3) Current eligibility to sit for the board certification examination in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area, or

(4) Comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative or research activities.

Preferred Experience: Prior VA experience is preferred.  Experience working with MST patients preferred and comprehensive understanding of the urologic disorders from the various military conflicts.  Experience as an investigator in VA or other national research programs, and publications in national and internationally peer-reviewed journals.  Kinowledge of Japanese and Spanish language desired.


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard, dated April 2002. 


Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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: Physician:  The physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently:  lifting of up to 10 lbs., sitting, standing, walking, bending/stooping, twisting, simple grasping, fine manipulation, reaching above the shoulder, and operating machinery.  For additional information onf Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019:  http:///

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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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 Friday, June 21, 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
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at (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 896126.
  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, June 21, 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.


VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA


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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