Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Cardiologist (Non-Invasive) in Harlingen, Texas

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1953008

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?

* 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.


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.


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.

  1. 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.

  2. Diagnostic description or formulation to guide appropriate acute and secondary treatment interventions.

  3. Provision of cardiac care according to his/her privileges.

  4. Staff Cardiologists are ultimately responsible for all aspects of Cardiology care.

  5. Staff cardiologists provide or assist residents and/or the nurse practitioner in the process of evaluation and treatment of the cardiology patients.

  6. 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.

  7. Staff cardiologists perform inpatient cardiology consultation reviews, and outpatient cardiology evaluations and treatment.

  8. 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.

  9. Staff cardiologists shall be responsible for outpatient care, and graduate and undergraduate medical education, and scientific research as appropriate.

  10. The General Cardiologist is directly responsible to the Chief of Cardiology and to the Chief of Medicine for all clinical and administrative duties.

  11. Screens all consults to ensure they are in compliance with the Clinical Practice guidelines and are timely and accurately placed with the appropriate providers.

  12. Maintains a thorough working knowledge of the performance improvement process outlined by the Joint Commission and stays current with their guidelines.

  13. 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

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Open to US Citizen

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

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.
  • Full, current, and unrestricted Licensure

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: 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: 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).

Security Clearance


Additional Information

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). 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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-12 to 2017-12-01

Salary: $101,967 to $365,000 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VM 00

Series: 0602 Medical Officer

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VCB-17-JRB-1953008-BU

Control number: 476817200