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Job Title:Physician Chief, Gastroenterology

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HP-646-14-1004449JW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$120,000.00 to $275,000.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 29, 2013 to Friday, May 30, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Pittsburgh, PA View Map


United States Citizens






Join us for an exciting career at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System!
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has recently ranked VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System among the top 50 businesses to work for in western Pennsylvania.

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.

VA employees more than 14,000 physicians across its nationwide integrated health care system.  Every year, many experienced physicians leave private practice to come to the VA Health Care System because we offer a variety of advantages.

  If you're an experienced physician, you understand the impact that business has had on health care.  For VA, patient care is not a business decision.  Veterans are our highest priority and we are committed to providing them with the highest quality care possible.  That patient focused lets you practice medicine the way it was meant to be practiced.  VA Physicians work with the entire interdisciplinary care team to deliver state-of-the-art medicine using some of the most advanced medical technologies in the Nation.   

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

A recruitment incentives and/or relocation expenses may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.


  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are only authorized for current VA employees.


  • Must possess a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine.
  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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Incumbent will be a member of the Gastroenterology Section/Medical Service and will participate in gastroenterology research, endoscopy, patient care, teaching and administrative activities of the Division. 


Duties for the Physician Chief, Gastroenterology include the following

  • Continue and further the development of the endoscopy program and clinical needs of the service. 
  • Proficient in standard gastroenterologic procedures including upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy.
  • ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic therapy of Barrett's esophagus, endoscopic mucosal re-section of the upper and lower GI tract, placement of luminal stents for palliation depending on candidate training and experience.
  • Engage in basic, clinical, and/or outcomes research and submit work for national meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Attend in the endoscopy lab, inpatient consult service, outpatient clinic, and other clinical services.
  • Teach medical students, interns and residents in Internal Medicine and fellows in Gastroenterology.
  • Participate in the educational activities of the Gastroenterology Division, UPMC.
  • Participate in Process Improvement/Quality Assurance projects and other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Position will report to the Chief, Medicine Service.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over): Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 found in your local VA Human Resources Office).


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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:  

  • Citizen of the United States.   (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)

  • 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. 

  • 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).

Required Experience:

Formal training and experience in Gastroenterology.


Salary determination will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

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.


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.


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.

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.    
Board Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine
Sub-Specialty Board Certification by the American Board of Gastroenterology or Equivalent 


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 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 John Westling, HR Specialist - Physician Staffing at or by calling 1-412-822-3562 or 1-412-822-3517.  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 Friday, May 30, 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):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other (Professional Licensure and Certification Documentation)
   ·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 1004449

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

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

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.


John A. Westling
Phone: (412)822-3562
Agency Information:
VHA Pittsburgh VAMC
Pittsburgh, PA


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

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