Physician (Non-Invasive Cardiologist)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Marion, IL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 566375

Travel and Relocation Expenses has been authorized. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

Salary/Grade Level Determination: Dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The Marion VA Medical Center is currently seeking a full-time board certified/board eligible physician to join the Medical Service for the position of Non-Invasive Cardiologist. Incumbent duties will include diagnosing, treating and managing patients with cardiovascular diseases according to standard, usual and acceptable or customary methods and techniques in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Cardiology on-call responsibilities will be shared with the other cardiologists on staff. Other services include, but are not limited to supervising and interpreting cardiac stress tests, transthoracic echocardiograms, ECG's, and Holter monitors; performing electrical cardioversions; and supervising a cardiac pacemaker clinic. Additional services may include performance and interpretation of transesophageal echocardiograms and implantation of permanent cardiac pacemakers. Experience in management of patients with heart failure is highly desirable. The physician will report to the Chief of Medicine or his designate. Specialists and other primary care physicians are available for consultation. The physician shall be expected to cooperate with and participate in medical duties or functions related to quality of care and peer review and improvement and with other performance improvement activities at the direction of the Chief of Medicine.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:
This is a full time position.

Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board.

Salary is determined by the Physician's Compensation Panel.

Physician pay is comprised of three components: Base Pay, Market Pay and Performance Pay.

Travel and Relocation Expenses have been authorized. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

Applications will be referred to the Selecting Official as they are received.

Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with regulations.

Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
All individuals applying under this announcement must meet basic qualification standards for appointment as contained in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, dated April 15, 2002. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.

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.

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.

The physician must provide complete credentialing and privileges information in a timely, expeditious way to the VA Network Credentialing Office. Employment is contingent on the ability of the physician to be credentialed by the VA Network Credentialing Office.

Citizenship : Must be a United States Citizen (Non-citizens may be appointed when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with current regulations).

License : 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 .

Physical Requirements : Must meet physical requirements as required by VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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

Preferred Qualifications: Board Certification is strongly desired.

To qualify based on education, submit copy of transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

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 web site: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

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.

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 will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. You will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.

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

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