Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1596500OUR 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?
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.
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.
Citizen of the United States.
(Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit
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
(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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
(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
Comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative or
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.
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.
describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your
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.
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.
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