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Job Title:  Physician-Gastroenterology
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OP-14-TAL-1004967

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$200,000.00 to $229,000.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 05, 2013 to Monday, December 16, 2013
Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego, CA View Map
United States Citizens





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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran’s experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking physicians interested in working in this environment. We are looking for physicians who possess a strong work ethic, integrity, professionalism and empathy, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

The benefits of practicing as a VA physician are many. In addition to practicing in a team-based clinical setting of the most technologically advanced, integrated health care system in the Nation, the VA offers opportunities to practice in a way that also balances work and home life. The VA offers generous paid time off and opportunities to develop your talents and potential through life-long learning. 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. 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses (PCS) are not authorized for this position.  A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive will not be offered.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Full, unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.


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The Medicine Service of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is seeking a Physician for our Gastroenterology Section. Incumbent must be Board Certified/Eligible in Gastroenterology and must meet requirements to obtain and maintain academic appointment with our affiliate university, University of California San Diego (UCSD).  Specific duties required of the Gastroenterologist include, but are not limited to:

  • Admit, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and provide consultation to patients of all ages, with diseases, injuries, and disorders of the digestive organs, including the stomach, bowels, liver, and gallbladder and related structures, such as the esophagus and pancreas, including the use of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using endoscopes to see internal organs.
  • Provide care to patients in the intensive care setting in conformance with unit policies.
  • Assess, stabilize, and determine disposition of patients with emergent conditions consistent with medical staff policy regarding emergency and consultative call services.
  • Assist in the consultation and follow-up of patients admitted to the facility. He/She will review medications, participate in patient education, and coordinate with other services in the medical center as needed.
  • Provide assistance to the Gastroenterology Section Chief with regard to other duties that may be requested. These may include, but not be limited to, assisting in data assimilation for VA reports,quality assurance programs, or others as determined by the Gastroenterology Section Chief.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served by the Gastroenterology Section. The individual must demonstrate the knowledge of the changes associated with aging and possess the ability to provide care based upon physical, psycho/social, cultural, safety and other age related factors as noted in the competencies described in departmental and/or unit specific policies and procedures.

Physician will be part of a healthcare team consisting of Physician, Registered Nurse, LVN, Pharmacist, Social Worker, and clerical staff providing Internal Medicine services, stressing health maintenance and preventative medicine. Serves veterans in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Refers for specialty services to the VA Hospital services for over 45,000 Veteran patients.

WORK SCHEDULE: Part-time, 40 hours per pay period, 20 hours per week. Overtime may be required as needed for patient care.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physician: The physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: Moderate Lifting (10-44lbs); Moderate Carrying (10-44lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Bending/stooping; Twisting; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40/ in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing aid permitted; Mental and Emotional Stability required.


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Basic requirements to qualify for this position:  

1. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

2. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

3. Licensure and Registration. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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).

6. Board Certification/Eligibility. Board Certification/Eligibility in Gastroenterology.

7. Academic Appointment. Ability to obtain and maintain academic appointment with our affiliate university, University of California San Diego (USCD).


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: (While not a requirement to qualify for this position, the below are preferred experience, characteristics, and knowledge that the best qualified candidate will possess.)

·         Demonstrated experience working with elderly patient population.

·         Demonstrated independent research productivity and peer review funding.

·         Demonstrated experience working in an academic and teaching setting.

·         Demonstrated clinical and basic research focused on alcoholic liver disease.

·         Demonstrated experience performing standard GI endoscopic procedures.



Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2, Physician Qualification Standards:

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, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may 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.


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. To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the "Required Documents" section below.  If you cannot apply online you may mail, drop off, or fax your complete application package (see "Required Documents" section below) as follows.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 16, 2013  to receive consideration.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

HOW TO APPLY: 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 theSubmit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

Mail or drop off to: VA San Diego Healthcare System, Human Resources Office (05), ATTN: Vacancy ID: 1004967, 5120 Shoreham Place, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92122.

Faxing Initial Application if you do not/cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational 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.The 1203FX form MUST serve as a cover page for your initial fax transmission or your application will not be uploaded/scanned into the system and there will be no record of your application. If you need to fax additional documents after your initial fax transmission, you must complete the below cover page to use as your fax cover sheet. (Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.)

Faxing supporting documentation because you either applied online and were unable to upload the documents OR you have already faxed your initial application using the 1203FX form as your cover page, as specified above:

1. Complete this cover page the following Vacancy ID: 1004967. 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.

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 THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PROVIDED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND YOU WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE.  Documents 1-3 are required for every applicant, documents 4-5 are only required if they apply to you.

1. Resume/CV

2.VA Form 10-2850, Application for Physician(Available at (*If this form is not submitted as part of your application package, you will be rated as ineligible.*).

3. Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire (If applying online, you will be prompted to respond electronically. If submitting application via fax, you must complete the 1203FX form).

4. If current/former Federal Government employee, you MUST include your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, and SF-50 displaying your highest previous rate (if applicable). You may obtain these from your current Human Resources office or your e-Official Personnel Folder. The SF-50 must display: Title, Pay Plan, Occ Code, Grade, Tenure, and Position Occupied. This includes ICTAP/CTAP documentation for displaced Federal employees, to include a copy of the agency notice in addition to your last SF-50.

5. If prior military service, you MUST include all copies of your DD-214 Forms (Member-4 copy showing type of discharge and dates of service). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability must also submit a copy of their disability rating letter from the Veterans Benefits Administration. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833. If you are on terminal leave from active duty, attach a letter from your commander indicating the date of discharge and type of discharge.


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


After the vacancy announcement closes, your qualifications will be reviewed. A referral certificate of qualified applicants is issued to the hiring manager within 7 days after the vacancy announcement closes. Once the qualification review is complete, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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