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Physician Chief Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Job in COLUMBIA, SC

Physician Chief Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Job in COLUMBIA, SC

Vacancy No. Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $140,000.00 to $320,000.00 Grade 15 to 15
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 11/8/2017 Close Date 12/1/2017
Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


  • Open & closing dates

    11/08/2017 to 12/01/2017

  • Salary

    $140,000 to $320,000 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    VM 15

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full Time

  • Appointment type

    Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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  • Duties



    The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (VAMC) opened in 1932 at its current location. Dorn VAMC has 204 skilled nursing beds, which includes acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care. The hospital provides primary, secondary, and some tertiary care.

    Dorn VAMC is a complex teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, cardiology, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

    Dorn VAMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and by the American College of Surgeons and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. Laboratory and Pathology services are accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.

    Columbia, South Carolina, is a wonderful place to live and work. A small-town atmosphere within a metropolitan city, Columbia is known for its museums, restaurants, and the University of South Carolina. Columbia offers four-season outdoor activity with several championship golf courses in the area and is a short drive from the mountains and the beach. Columbia is located near a 50,000 acre lake with boating and recreational opportunities and is also in close proximity to the premier Atlantic Ocean beaches and mountains.

    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 Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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    The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is looking to fill its Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service position.  The incumbent is a member of the medical staff, directing and coordinating the patient care, administration, education, and research functions of P&LMS. The Chief or Director, P&LMS, need not perform all responsibilities personally. Selected functions may be delegated to qualified pathologists, medical laboratory scientists, laboratory managers, and supervisors. Medical care responsibilities may only be delegated to physicians. Technical responsibilities may be delegated to qualified laboratory personnel, as appropriate. The Chief or Director, P&LMS, however, remains responsible for the overall operation and administration of the laboratory, ensuring that quality patient services are provided and that personnel operations and laboratory management are run efficiently and effectively.  In addition (this list is not all encompassing), the incumbent also:

    • Provides consultation and guidance to health care providers regarding matters pertaining to pathology and laboratory medicine and the medical significance of laboratory findings;
    • The Chief or Director, P&LMS, or designee, participates in applicable cross-organizational performance-improvement activities, develops and communicates objectives, and coordinates efforts to integrate patient care and support services;
    • Provides educational direction for the medical and laboratory staff and participates in educational programs of the institution as appropriate;
    • Directs and coordinates the functions of the service within the medical facility and all outreach clinics based upon the mission, special needs, and size of the facility. The functions of this position are diverse and encompass patient care, administration, education, and research;
    • Identifies all laboratory testing performed within the facility and its outreach clinics regardless of the complexity or where the testing is performed within the organization, and provides assistance and oversight to ensure that all patient laboratory testing performed is in compliance with 42 CFR Part 493 and VHA policies. This includes oversight responsibility for ancillary testing sites, and participation in the evaluation of test appropriateness for the institution regardless of the testing site;
    • Submits corrective actions for findings of accrediting and regulatory agency inspections or accreditation processes to the VA Regional Commissioners;
    • Ensures that the facility submits to annual registration and FDA inspection if the facility draws or prepares components or provides transfusion services;
    • Acts as a consultant for the medical facility whenever a non-VA provider is contracted to perform laboratory testing for Veteran patients. The Chief or Director, P&LMS must ensure that documentation is obtained to verify that the contracted laboratory is appropriately CLIA certified. 

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00A.M. - 4:30P.M. with weekend and night coverage, as necessary.  Subject to change based on agency needs.  May require work outside of core schedule as this is a 24/7 hospital.

    Functional Statement Title/#: Physician, Chief Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    0602 Medical Officer

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/483819700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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