Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Cardiologist (Non-Invasive) in Harlingen, Texas
* VA TEXAS VALLEY COASTAL BEND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM* 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 a virtual health care system providing secondary and tertiary 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 2 complex inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 1600 inpatient admission and 1200 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 25,000 outpatient visits annually.
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.
*UNITED STATES CITIZENS SHOULD APPLY UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT*
This is an open-continuous announcement. We will accept applications on an on-going basis until the position(s) is/are filled. Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the selection official at scheduled intervals.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
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As a Cardiologist for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend, you will be working in a state of the art Ambulatory Surgery Center providing care in our Cardiology Clinic. Generalized duties of the general staff Cardiologist involve a focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many different cardiovascular conditions, including but not limited to coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, peripheral arterial disease and heart failure.
Duties indicated below are not all inclusive of assigned duties and/or responsibilities, but provides a general overview of general performance expectations and responsibilities.
Application of accepted protocols for assessment of the individual presenting with altered cardiology status. Assessment may include gathering verbal and documented history, physical status examination and medical and laboratory evaluation.
Diagnostic description or formulation to guide appropriate acute and secondary treatment interventions.
Provision of cardiac care according to his/her privileges.
Staff Cardiologists are ultimately responsible for all aspects of Cardiology care.
Staff cardiologists provide or assist residents and/or the nurse practitioner in the process of evaluation and treatment of the cardiology patients.
Staff cardiologists evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status. A progress note is written in the patient's chart. Notes also include the concurrence with notes written by the resident, and attending notes as appropriate.
Staff cardiologists perform inpatient cardiology consultation reviews, and outpatient cardiology evaluations and treatment.
Staff cardiologists are appropriately credentialed and privileged. They participate in various hospital committees, departmental and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the department and the hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through peer review process.
Staff cardiologists shall be responsible for outpatient care, and graduate and undergraduate medical education, and scientific research as appropriate.
The General Cardiologist is directly responsible to the Chief of Cardiology and to the Chief of Medicine for all clinical and administrative duties.
Screens all consults to ensure they are in compliance with the Clinical Practice guidelines and are timely and accurately placed with the appropriate providers.
Maintains a thorough working knowledge of the performance improvement process outlined by the Joint Commission and stays current with their guidelines.
Maintains certification and license as a General Cardiologist.
Recruitment/Relocation incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): The applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program provided the applicant has qualifying loans and subject to the availability of funds. For further information regarding this program, you may contact the Human Resources Management Service.
Salary: The applicant's education and experiences will be reviewed by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization. Covering on-call Cardiology on nights and weekends required.
Functional Statement Title/#: 00000 - Staff Physician - Cardiologist
Who May Apply
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0602 Medical Officer
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Conditions of Employment
- 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.
- Full, current, and unrestricted Licensure
Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 0.5 hours); Pushing (up to 0.5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Walking (up to 5.3 hours); Standing (up to 5.3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 5.3 hours).
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:
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. * Residency Training: Physician must have completed residency training or its equivalent approved by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) * Proficiency in spoken and written English. * Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Board Certification in a medical or surgical specialty.
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: 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.
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.* *
NOTE: *Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.*
Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
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:
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
Other (VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors)
Other Veterans Document
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
*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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1953008.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
- Benefits for federal employees
- Healthcare insurance
- Pay and leave
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).
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
- How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online but may apply via Fax (instructions are below). You may also express your interest, obtain additional information about the position, or seek application assistance by emailing your C.V. to Jacqueline.Benavides@va.gov.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 01, 2017 to received consideration.
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Agency contact information
Jacqueline R. Benavides
VHA Valley Coastal Bend HCS 2701 S 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen, TX
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476817200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 08/12/2017 to 12/01/2017
Salary: $101,967 to $365,000 per year
Pay scale & grade: VM 00
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent