Veteran Health Administration Physician (Neurologist) in San Antonio, Texas

Announcement Number: 671-16-1769612-TJR-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): San Antonio, TX

Open Period: 2016-08-18 to 2017-08-17

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1769612

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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Job Summary

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. The STVHCS serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation, with 63 counties, and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17), with offices located in Arlington, Texas. Providing a service to Veterans with a working staff of more than 3,100 employees, South Texas provides health care services for 93,000 Veterans. The STVHCS is a facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90 bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the system has an active ambulatory care program with numerous satellite outpatient clinics.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.

A relocation or recruitment incentive MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates

The payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on or before September 2, 2016 , will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after September 2, 2016, will be reviewed and referred for consideration as necessary.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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.

DutiesMajor Duties

The STVHCS is looking for a general Neurologist. Trainingin Epilepsy, Stroke and/or Neuromuscular is desirable but not required.The position is located at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, TX.If you are looking to practice medicine where the patient's needs are number one priority and not a profit margin, this is the position for you. You will also have a great work/life balance.

The Neurology section has 5 other Neurologists with subspecialties in the areas of Neuromuscular, Epilepsy, Movement Disorder, and Vascular Neurology.

The selected applicant can expect an Academic Appointment with University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.You will be involved with teaching of fellows, residents, and medical students.There are also research opportunities available.Clinical duties will include 20 hours per week for clinics.Appointments are scheduled for one hour for new patients and 30 minutes for follow up appointments.The other 20 hours each week will be spent on in-patient care, administrative duties, teaching and research.

Scope of Duties:

In addition to observances of Federal, National and local regulatory, policy, and accreditation requirements governing this Health Care System, this position encompasses the following examples of responsibilities overseen by their Section Chief.

Administrative Duties: Leadership, Human Resources, Staff management, Time/Leave management, and Clinical management.

Clinical Duties: Patient care, Medical/Clinical knowledge, Clinical judgment, Interpersonal and communication skills, Professionalism, and system based practice.

Education: Practitioners are expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision.

Research Duties (If applicable): Physician researchers will show an ability to identify and define significant research and developmental problems, to plan and execute a precise research program, and to generate effective reports and results worthy of publication.

Duty Hours:

8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday: Includes light on call schedule of 1 out of every 6 weeks.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

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 allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place 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.

  • Physicians must have completed 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.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or currently in a program leading to Board Eligibility with an expectation of becoming Board Certified

  • Fellowship trained in Epilepsy/Neurophysiology, Stroke and/or Neuromuscular desired but not required.

  • Current BLS certification

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: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. Physical requirements include, but not limited to: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Light carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (6 hour), standing (6 hours), repeated bending (2-4 hours), near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision 20/30, hearing (aid permitted), mental/emotional stability, ability to perform privileges, independently performs physical exams as appropriate to position, and cognitive stability.


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.

How To Apply InformationHow 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

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 Thursday, August 17, 2017 to received consideration.

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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: 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.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter ·DD-214 ·OF-306 ·Other (VA Form 10-2850-Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor ) ·Other Veterans Document ·SF-15 ·SF-50 ·Transcript

Click on the link below to download the VHA 10-2850.

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 1769612.

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.

What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents), 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.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

The VA offers an attractive compensation package that includes professional development and work/life balance with 10 Federal Holidays, 26 days of annual leave,13 days of sick leave and robust federal benefits. NOmalpractice insurance required. Federal benefits include the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (401K), medical, dental and more. For more information visit

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

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

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.