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Job Title:  Physician - Chief of Medicine
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  IC-14-1110390-14-219-RLB

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 $240,000.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 01, 2014 to Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Iowa City, IA View Map
Full-time position or a 7/8 appointment joint appointment with a joint paid appointment by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is recruiting for a Physician, Chief of Medicine.

The ICVAHCS is one of the facilities of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).


The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) includes a level 1 tertiary care medical center with 83 licensed beds and nine surrounding Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).  The ICVAHCS provides care to over 184,000 Veterans living in 50 counties in Eastern Iowa, Western Illinois and Northern Missouri.  For more information please visit our website at


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.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel to Service Line meetings


  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation may be authorized


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Note: Candidates will be referred upon receipt of their application materials. Position will remain open until filled.


The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is seeking an experienced Physician leader to serve as the Chief of Medicine and Head of the Primary Care and Specialty Medicine Service Line. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Chief of Medicine is an integral part of the health care system’s clinical leadership.


Principle responsibilities of the position include strategic planning for the health care systems’ primary care and specialty medicine programs. The incumbent will be assisted by an accomplished administrative team to oversee clinical and administrative operations. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability in teaching and directing patient care. Prior administrative experience is desirable.

This position may be a full-time position or a 7/8 appointment at the ICVAHCS with a joint paid appointment by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.


The distinguished professional must possess a MD or equivalent, be Board Certified in Internal Medicine with or without sub specialty certification, must be eligible for an academic appointment at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, and licensed.


The Research Program at the Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) has been active for over 50 years and has consistently been one of the top VA facilities nationwide in terms of VA and non-VA research funding. Specialized areas of research expertise include infectious diseases, immunology, transplantation, dermatology, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and diabetic disease. Other patient-focused research includes clinical trials that explore new treatments for cancer, kidney and liver diseases. In response to the needs of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans, our investigators have developed new projects to understand better ways to manage patients with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.  The research program maintains a strong collaboration with the Iowa City VA Research Foundation and the University of Iowa. We continue to aggressively pursue new investigators and ensure relevance to the VA mission to maintain our success.  To continue the successful Research Program in the Department of Medicine, the Chief of Medicine should have an academic background and be a dynamic and capable administrator.   


Iowa City is located in the heart of the Midwest, with a population of 62,220; it is Iowa's fifth largest city. Iowa City and its surrounding communities offer lots of amenities while still having small town charm. The city of Iowa City presents an extensive range of programs that attract, entertain, and educate audiences, in addition to hosting numerous Big Ten athletic events. The community often supports frequent professional, social, and leisure activities. Additionally, private and public schools have outstanding academic, athletic, and cultural programs. The Iowa City community provides a great place to live with affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and a truly seasonal climate which allows for all types of outdoor activities throughout the year. The city has over 1,200 acres of parks, playgrounds, hiking trails, and open spaces. With its central location, weekend get-a-ways can include visiting large metropolitan cities in any direction, or traveling the back roads exploring the countryside.


Work Schedule: 1st Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Physician - Chief of Medicine

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted).


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

Basic Requirements:  

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.
Preferred Experience: Experience as a Physician leader is preferred.

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, 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 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.


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, May 21, 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:
   ·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 1110390

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.


Rebecca Bauman
Phone: (319)339-7106
Fax: (319)887-4977
Agency Information:
VHA Iowa City VAMC
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA
52246 Fax: (319)887-4977


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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