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, VA Directive 5005)
b. English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
c. 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:
of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of
American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for
the year in which the degree was granted.
(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.
d. Licensure and Registration: 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.
e. Certification: Board
certification or board eligibility in Internal Medicine or Family
Practice is required.
NOTE: Qualification requirements are in
accordance with the Veterans Healthcare Administration Qualification Standards
for Physicians, which is
available for review in the Human Resources Office.
VetPro: Any registered, and certified health care
providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must,
upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their
employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration
information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro
ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and
provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials.
This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to
maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an
employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be
contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro
Drug Testing: This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the VA
Drug-Free Workplace Program. If you are tentatively selected for the position
and are not now in a TDP subject to random testing, you may be subject to
urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to final selection. Applicants
who refuse to be tested will not be selected.
Physical Requirements: The Urgent Care Physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position. Physical activities include sitting, standing and walking for long periods of time, some heavy lifting, reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative, secondary to delirium, intoxication, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.