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Vacancy No. BI-16-581-TNW-1596500-BU-OC Department Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Salary $99,957.00 to $215,000.00 Grade 00 to 00
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/19/2016 Close Date 1/19/2017
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Job Title:  Physician
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  BI-16-581-TNW-1596500-BU-OC

$99,957.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 to Thursday, January 19, 2017
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Battle Creek, MI
Benton Harbor, MI
Lansing, MI
Muskegon, MI
Wyoming, MI
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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1596500

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?

  • Malpractice insurance covered by the Federal government
  • Market pay reviewed biennually for increase
  • Annual performance based pay bonus up to $15,000 or 7.5% of pay
  • Up to 26 days paid annual vacation and 13 days sick leave (accrued immediately upon employment)
  • 10 paid Federal holidays
  • Nationwide job transfer opportunities
  • Nationwide license validation
  • Outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose, including exceptional vision and dental plans
  • The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is a level three complexity hospital serving 22 counties in southwest lower Michigan. In FY 13, the Medical Center and its four Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Wyoming, Muskegon, Benton Harbor and Lansing, MI, served over 41,000 Veterans. Battle Creek has 176 inpatient beds, which includes medicine, psychiatry and long-term care. In addition to primary care at all sites, the Medical Center offers a variety of specialty outpatient services at the main campus in Battle Creek and its largest CBOC in Wyoming, MI. Battle Creek is a progressive diverse small city with excellent schools located in proximity to several notable colleges and universities. It is also located within easy traveling distances to several large metropolitan areas including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Chicago.

    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.  

    This is an open and continuous vacancy announcement.  Applications of qualified candidates will be referred for consideration weekly or as positions become available.  The position(s) may be filled at any time regardless of the announced closing date.

    Applicants must select which location(s)/area(s) they want to be considered for.

    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.


    • Not Required


    • No


    • 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, unrestricted license, certification, or registration required.


    Current vacancies for full-time physicians in our Battle Creek VAMC, Wyoming HCC, and Muskegon CBOC.  Availabilities in our Patient Care Aligned Team (PACT), Urgent Care, Float, and Community Living Center, as described below:

    PACT – PACT is the cornerstone of the New Models of Care transformation initiative intended to transform the way Veterans receive their care.  It assists VHA in transforming Veterans' care by providing patient-driven, proactive, personalized, team-based care oriented toward wellness and disease prevention resulting in improvements in Veteran satisfaction, improved healthcare outcomes and costs.  The PACT model is built on the well-known concept of the patient centered medical home staffed by high-functioning teams.  The Primary Care provider will provide care to a panel of patients.  Duties include obtaining medical history, performing physical examination, initial assessment and development of a plan of care.  He/she will order medical consultations, therapies and/or interventions including but not limited to medications, diagnostic tests, and consultations to specialty clinics.  Will provide information and support to patients and families and facilitate communication between patients/families and Patient Aligned Care Team.

    URGENT CARE –  Walk-in clinic.  Physician will be responsible for analyzing patient care problems and formulating treatment plans tailored to the individual needs of the patient.  Provides a unique approach to health care that enables them to undertake preventive patient care measures and provide educational support to veterans and their families about their medications, illnesses, and treatment.  Demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care. He/she demonstrates a systematic body of knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of actual or potential health care problems, including syntheses of data, and the use of complex skills and interventions.

    CLC - Physician will perform duties to a large panel of patients in the Community Living Center, to include; Hospice, Palliative Care, and Geriatrics.  Prefer candidates be Board Certified/Board Eligible in internal medicine or family practice.  Minimal on-call duties.  Medical Center does not have emergency room, ICU, or CCU.

    FLOAT – The "float" provider will work in various areas of Medical Service, as needed to meet workload/program requirements.  These areas may include, but are not limited to the PACT, Urgent Care, and CLC areas as listed above.


    Preferred board certification in Internal Medicine or Family Practice.


    Muskegon CBOC:  Normal operating hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but must be flexible to cover as necessary due to patient care needs.


    Battle Creek VAMC and Wyoming HCC:  Clinics are open daily (M-F) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Currently, clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday.  Participation in the extended hour shifts on Wednesday and Saturday is on a rotating basis with flexibility.


    Basic Requirements:

    Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)

    Education.  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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.  Approved schools are:

        (1)  Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

        (2)  Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

        (3)  Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

        (4)  For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

    Licensure and Registration.  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.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.  The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

    First-Year Residency (Internship).  Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.  For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training.  Approved residencies are:

         (1)  Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

         (2)  Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.  The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

    Physical Requirement:  Must pass a pre-employment physical as required in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

    English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in written and spoken English language as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

    Preferred Experience: Board Certification in Internal Medicine or Family Practice.



    Associate Grade.  Meet basic requirements.  The individual qualifies to perform general duties under supervision.

    Full Grade.  Meet the requirements for Associate grade and have completed additional training, such as the second year of an accredited residency, and/or experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties without supervision.

    Intermediate Grade.  Meet the requirements for Full grade, and have completed additional training, such as an accredited residency in an area not directly related to the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned, and/or experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision.

    Senior Grade.  Meet the requirements for Intermediate grade and have demonstrated recognized professional attainment such as:

         (1)  Past or present faculty appointment in an approved medical school or

         (2)  Completion of an accredited residency in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area, or

         (3)  Current eligibility to sit for the board certification examination in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area, or

         (4)  Comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative or research activities.


    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 Handbook 5005 Appendix G2, 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.

    Physical Requirements:  Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 4 hours); Pushing (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6-8 hours); Standing (up to 6-8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hour); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability required.


    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 utilized 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.


    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.


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

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. 


    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, January 19, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.


    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:
       ·Cover Letter
       ·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 1596500.

    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.


    Tiffany N. Walbeck
    Phone: (269)223-5702
    Agency Information:
    VHA Battle Creek VAMC
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    5500 Armstrong Road
    Human Resources Management Service
    Battle Creek, MI


    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.

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

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