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Job Title:Physician (Deputy Chief Medical Officer)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA03-486-14-985874-T38-YS

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

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$145,000.00 to $265,000.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Wednesday, November 13, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Nashville, TN View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 985874 (Please include on all documents)


As the VISN 9 Deputy Chief Medical Officer, you will be a part of the VISN 9 Mid-South Healthcare Network which consists of all the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and approximately 1/3 of the state of West Virginia.  VISN 9 has over 12,000 employees, with numerous medical centers and outpatient clinics dispersed over a large geographic region.  

Middle Tennessee is a great place to live with beautiful mountains, lakes, streams, and state and national parks all over this area.  We have a wonderful four-season climate.  Tennessee is a great state with no state income tax.  Nashville is a charming and beautiful city located in the heart of middle Tennessee with easy access to anywhere with an International Airport and several interstate systems.  You can choose to live a less hectic lifestyle in charming suburb with beautiful mountain views or you can choose to live in the exciting urban city of Nashville - Music City USA - home to many famous country music stars or you can choose to live a less hectic lifestyle in surrounding suburban areas with beautiful views, many parks, gardens, golf courses, lakes, and camping and recreation.  Middle Tennessee is a great place for you and your family to have fun!  

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. 

 For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 

 Salary is commensurate upon qualifications and experience.  Salary is dependent upon the recommendation of an appropriate Physicians Pay Compensation Panel.

Work Schedule:  Full Time (M-F) 8:00am to 4:30pm

****Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized.  Travel/Relocation expenses may be authorized****

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  "The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction program, subject to availability of EDRP funding".

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification or Registration Required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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The Deputy Chief Medical Officer is organizationally responsible to the VISN 9 Network Director through the Chief Medical Officer.  The Deputy CMO must be broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities. Application of this knowledge must include a system perspective, including inpatient care, outpatient and specialty clinic care and community programs. In the role of Ambulatory Practice Manager, incumbent will work in collaboration with facility ACOS-Ambulatory/Primary Care to assure quality care and advanced access within the ambulatory population.  This program coverage will include primary care, women's health, specialty care and community programs.  Serves as senior advisor to the Chief Medical Officer and the Systems Redesign/Advance Clinic Access (ACA) Officer on compliance with ACA principles.  Develops and provides ongoing analysis of performance measures for Advance Clinic Access such as no show rates, consult completion rates and other relevant measures for this initiative.  In addition, oversight of Non-VA Care, and assuring Quality and Case Management.  Reviews and analyzes draft agency reports, directives and handbooks related to primary and specialty care including access to and management of community programs.  Provides recommendations to the Chief Medical Officer relating to the impact on cost, quality and effectiveness in regard to compliance with mandates. Works in conjunction with QMO regarding VISN/facility compliance with regulatory and accrediting agencies (CAP, JCAHO, IG, etc.).  The position focus is in areas of clinical management, provider practices and continued readiness by virtue of familiarity with standards and VISN 9 facility preparedness in regard to the delivery of quality medical care. Supervises and coordinates efforts of the Palliative Care Coordinator, CARE coordinator, Home Health Care/CNH Coordinator and Rural Health Consultant to assure quality end-of-life and non-institutional care.  Serves as advisor to the Chief Medical Officer on new clinical programs and initiatives regarding related equipment, space and staffing needs.  Surveys and identifies facility needs to provide guidance on appropriate use of resources, distributed funds and strategic planning input. Incumbent reviews and analyzes quality performance data such as NSQIP, CICSP, EPRP and CPG Performance Measures and serves as advisor to Chief Medical Officer and Network Patient Safety Officer for areas in need of improvement or best practices. Provides recommendations for deployment of patient safety goals and other evidence based practices that enhance patient safety and improve efficiency and access.Works with other VISN Officers to conduct routine analysis of quality and customer satisfaction-related data to identify opportunities for improvement.



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Citizenship - Must be a US Citizen.

Education - Must have a degree of doctor of medicine or equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree has 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 accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualify for full or unrestricted licensure.

Licensure and Registration - Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in any state, Territory or commonwealth (e.g. Puerto Rico) of the United States or the District of Columbia.

English Language Proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Additionally, it is preferred that the VISN 9 Deputy Chief Medical Officer demonstrate the following knowledge: 

1.    Ability to set goals and priorities;

2.    Extensive base of technical, operational, administrative, interpersonal, and financial knowledge;

3.    Strategic and tactical skills required to lead, communicate, and motivate a large group of managers, supervisors, and employees;

4.    Ability to lead, communicate (written and oral), and cooperate in a team-based management group;

5.    Knowledge of customer needs, technical and operations capabilities, and public relation skills;

6.    Ability to establish a measurable business plan;

7.    Leadership ability that fosters team building and individual commitment to goals;

8.    Knowledge of analytical techniques to evaluate workload, fiscal and performance measure data and other reports.



For more information on these qualification standards, reference: VA Handbook 5005.  

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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 .




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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2.     Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .

3.     Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.     Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.     Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: TTAG:VacancyID.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.     Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.     CV or Resume.

2.     VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors. (Available at (required).

3.     Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

4.     If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

5.     If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

6.   If currently employed in the VA system, include copies of the last two proficiency reports or a copy of the last annual performance appraisal. (required). 


Yvonne Smith
Phone: (615)695-2194
Agency Information:
1801 West End Avenue
Suite 600
Nashville, TN


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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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