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Staff Physician - Primary Care

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbus
Posted on: May 9, 2020

Job Description:

EDRP: 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 Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

NOTE: Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a Relocation/Recruitment Incentive.

NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Dothan Alabama, Ft. Rucker Alabama, Monroeville, Alabama, Columbus Georgia and Montgomery VA Clinic. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

NOTE: This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill vacancies at any of the listed locations. Please ensure you identify the locations you are interested.

FIRST CUTOFF DATE: Applications received by the first cutoff date, April 3rd, 2020, will be referred first. Applications of qualified applicants received after the first cutoff date will be referred to the selecting official once every week until the closing date, or until all vacancies have been filled.

The Staff Physician works as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team, collaborating with other members of the team to provide Primary Care to Veterans enrolled on the team. The Staff Physician is expected to demonstrate advanced competencies and skills in assessing the physical and psychosocial status of patients and family members, play an active role in the multi-disciplinary health care team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Primary Care of a panel of primary care patients (male and female)
  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnostic work-up and clinic intervention, including comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to Veterans in the Primary Care team setting; outpatients include both scheduled and unscheduled Veterans;
  • Function as an integral part of a Primary Care multi-disciplinary team.
  • Discriminate between normal and abnormal findings to establish a diagnosis and initiate appropriate response to emergency health problems;
  • Initiate appropriate referrals and consultations to other clinical services;
  • Order and evaluate diagnostic tests as appropriate, recommend treatment and/or referral;
  • Validate the effectiveness of previously implemented medical treatment;
  • Initiate, evaluate, and change orders for medications;
  • Include patient and family in planning care and establishing realistic measurable goals for health maintenance/improvement.
  • Record/document health appraisal information, clinical assessments, treatment decisions, plan of care, ongoing management and therapeutic outcomes, order medications, diagnostic tests and referral consultations where needed for every patient encounter; recording will be accomplished using the electronic comprehensive patient record system (CPRS), and will be completed on the day of the encounter;
  • Respond to computerized"alerts" indicating diagnostic test abnormalities and to health line requests from Veterans/family members on the day of receipt (weekends excepted);
  • Follow Performance Measure guidelines, including completion of clinical reminders in CPRS; access and timeliness standards; prescription order entry, National VA formulary Requirements, and customer service standards;
  • Work effectively with patients, families, members of the multi-disciplinary team, and other CAVHCS staff
  • Demonstrates flexibility in responding to clinic demands, adhere to personal and professional obligations and responsibilities, practice and maintain ethical standards, and sustain a work environment that is harmonious and customer service oriented.
  • Providers will act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues when their colleagues are on leave/travel.


    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 (May be required to work weekends, holiday, and on-call as needed)

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

    Basic Requirements:


    • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
    • 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.
    • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
    • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
    • Physical requirements outlined below.


      Preferred Experience: Board Certification

      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.

      Physical Requirements: Standing for extended periods, use of fingers and both hands, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4; ability to distinguish basic colors, emotional and mental stability. Hearing aid is permitted. Incumbents may experience exposure to blood and body fluids.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Columbus , Staff Physician - Primary Care, Healthcare , Columbus, Georgia

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