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Job Title:Physician (Gastroenterologist)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-14-02-CSB-988322

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$98,967.00 to $265,000.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to Wednesday, September 3, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Clarksburg, WV View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




This announcement has been amended to include the potential for a recruitment incentive, as noted below.


This is an open-continuous announcement.  We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official at various intervals.  If the vacancy is filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed.

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America Other regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities. For additional information, please visit

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.

~ Recruitment Incentive:  Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly-qualified candidate.

~ Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training purposes.


  • No


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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Major Duties/Responsibilities

~ Performing endoscopic procedures.

~ Perform outpatient and inpatient gastroenterology consultations.

~ Follow each patient through the full continuum of care , to include admissions, discharges, assisting in the coordination of diagnostic tests prior to the procedure, and education and counseling of the patient and family members.

~ Supervise the administration of moderate sedation.

~ Supervision and teaching of residents may be required.

~ Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Surgery or Chief of Staff.


Selectee must demonstrate significant and distinguishing accomplishments in teaching, clinical research, and clinical practice.


Tour of DutyMonday – Friday, 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center.  On-call responsibilities as required.


Physical Requirements:   Lifting and carrying (up to 45 lbs.); pushing or pulling (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye; hearing (aid permitted); clear speech; mental and emotional stability.


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Basic Requirements:

· U.S. citizenship.

· English language proficiency.

· Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

· Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA.

· Educational requirements - 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:

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

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

· 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.

· For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.

· 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 competed. 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:

· 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

· 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.

Additional Requirements:

~ Current board certification or board eligibility in gastroenterology.  Board eligible implies that a physician has completed a training program approved by the specialty specific Residency Review Committee and is eligible to sit for that specialty’s certifying examination. Individuals who are no longer eligible to sit for the certifying examination are not board eligible.

~ Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification OR the ability to attain such within ninety days of entering on duty.

~ Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification OR the ability to attain such within ninety days of entering on duty.

Reference:  VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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 will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

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 DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) 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.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


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

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.


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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.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.  For more information please visit us at

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.


Successful completion of a two year probationary period is required.

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

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

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.


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online but may apply via fax as outlined below.  You may also express your interest, obtain additional information about the position, or seek application assistance by emailing your C.V. to

If you are applying for this position online or by fax, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 03, 2014, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement. 

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 (Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Chiropractors, Copy of Current Basic Life Support Certification, Copy of Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification)

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


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 –Occupational Questionnaire Form) 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 988322

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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.



***PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PROPER "DOCUMENT TYPE". FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKET BEING INCOMPLETE AND NOT REFERRED FOR CONSIDERATION. Note – Application, Current Basic Life Support Certification, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (if current) are document type “Other”.

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a COMPLETE Application Package which includes the following (failure to provide a complete application packet will result in you not being considered for referral to the selecting official):

1. Completed online questionnaire. This is a requirement and must be completed.

2. Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850, Application For Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, & Chiropractors. Link to application - Please read ALL instructions and complete the application in its entirety.   This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet.

3. Detailed resume, to include work schedule and hours worked per week, as well as "to" and "from" dates of employment. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.

4. Copy of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification - if current. This is required, if current, and must be submitted with your application packet.

5. Copy of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification - if current. This is required, if current, and must be submitted with your application packet.

6. Copy of final disposition(s)/outcome(s) of all malpractice issues/cases - if applicable.  This is required, IF applicable, and must be submitted with your application packet.

7. Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) Office of Personnel Management Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment. Link to form - This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet.

8. Copy of ECFMG certificate - if applicable.    This is a required document, if applicable, and must be submitted with your application packet. 

9. Copy of most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your status - if current or former Federal civilian employee. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.

10. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" - if prior military. Copy MUST show character of discharge. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.

11. Copy of letter from a VA Regional Office that shows percentage of disability - if prior military and you have service-connected disability. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.

12. Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - if prior military and you have a service-connected disability. Link to form - This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet, IF applicable.


Chauna S. Bucklew
Phone: (304)623-3461x3396
Agency Information:
VHA Clarksburg VAMC
Online Applications Accepted ONLY
Clarksburg, WV


After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position.  You will be notified via email when this decision has been made.

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