Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Primary Care) in Corpus Christi, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Harlingen, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • McAllen, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 1/25/2016 (271 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1601788

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?

This is an open-continuous announcement. Eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official on an on-going basis. Once these positions have been filled, this announcement will close without further notice. Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the complete application was received.

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses is authorized for this position (Corpus Christi location only)

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for this position

The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic (CCOPC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCSC), Harlingen Outpatient Clinic (HOPC), Health-Care Center at Harlingen (HCC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC). The VATVCBHCS is an ambulatory health care system providing health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program. Through the utilization of inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 2600 inpatient admission and 5800 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS. Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents. The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 30,000 veterans and 350,000 outpatient visits annually.

"As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, (contingent upon fund availability). Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator Estela Roberts for additional information.


As a Primary Care Physician you will contribute to the achievement to the quality care, write orders for diagnostic testing, prescribe medications, consult with specialty services and utilize computerized/electronic medical records. Major functions of the positions include Health Risk Assessment, goal setting for prevention, and chronic disease management working with a team to provide high quality patient centered care in a clean and safe environment. You will be responsible for a set panel of patient in providing primary medical care. You will provide patient care in accordance with professional standards, core values and commitment to excellent service. As a Staff Physician within Primary Care, you will be responsible for documenting and following up with all patient encounters.

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm; (Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization) Functional Statement: Staff Physician / Scope of Practice Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

  • Texas license preferred
  • Board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine/Family Medicine preferred

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); Pulling hand over hand (2 hours); Pushing (1 hour); Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (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 to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427043800

Job Announcement Number: VCB-16-ER-1601788-OCA