Physician (Surgical Critical Care)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Charleston, SC

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Southern charm, hospitality and history imbue Charleston, one of the most well-preserved cities in the United States.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 742593

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 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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves more than 53,000 veterans in 22 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline in our main Medical Center or one of six community-based outpatient clinics. The main Medical Center provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient primary and mental health care to low country veterans who require more than 659,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The 117 bed hospital currently operates 96 beds and a 28 bed nursing home unit. Charleston VAMC supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

The VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, has a vacancy (20 hours per week) for one (1) part-time physician in the specialty of Surgical Critical Care.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. 1ST CUTOFF FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 21, 2012.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

Minimum to maximum salary quotes are based on full time employment. Part time salaries are prorated.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized

DUTIES:
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston SC, is recruiting ONE (1) part time (20 hours per week) Surgical Critical Specialist. This provider will help Surgical Services build a multi-disciplinary surgical critical care team to provide state of the art care to Veterans. The duties will be carried out at the main Ralph H. Johnson VA medical center in Charleston S.C. Experience is needed in managing critically ill patients in a surgical setting is mandatory; and requires the ability to work collaboratively with multiple surgical patients including general, vascular, cardiac, thoracic, ENT, urology, orthopedics and neurosurgery.

The successful candidate should have a strong academic background as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and a history of academic excellence. S/he should possess outstanding education/managerial skills and have experience in resident education.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen of the United States (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.)

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.

Licensure and Registration: Current, full and unrestricted license to practice in any state, territory or commonwealth of the United States, District of Columbia.

English Language Proficiency : Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

First-Year Residency: Completed 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 residences are:

a. 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

b. Other residences 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 post-graduate education.

Physical Standards : Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of this position. Pre-placement medical examination is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
A. Experience managing critically ill patients in a surgical setting.

B. Fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care.

C. Fellowship training in Transplant/Trauma/Cardiac Surgery welcome.

D. Ability to manage multiple surgical patients including - general, vascular, cardiac, thoracic, ENT, urology, and neurosurgery.

E. Evidence of Teaching Ability documented by teaching experience.

F. Academic interests as evidenced by published articles and national presentations.

G. Current competence as evidenced by peer reviews, letters of recommendation and continuing medical education activities.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, App G2, Physician Qualification Standard.

New appointees may be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

Current competence as evidenced by peer reviews, letters of recommendation and continuing medical education activities.

Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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

Drug Testing Designated Positions: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

Vet Pro Credentialing: individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use Vet Pro.

Applicant's Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your applications package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in the official personnel folder.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

New Appointees are required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...