Physician (Heart Failure and Transplant Specialist)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Nashville, TN

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 888789

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.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determing the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.


**Salary will be determined based on education and experience and will be determined by The Professional Standards Board.**

**This position will be required to work and travel between Nashville, Murfreesboro and all satellite locations for TVHS.**

External applicants (not an employee of Tennessee Valley Healthcare System), to be considered for this job you must submit Application for Physician, Dentists,Podiatrists, and Optometrists (VA form 10-2850) and the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306). If we do not receive these two forms, you will have an incomplete application and will not be considered.


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 Part-time Heart Failure and Transplant Specialist will function in the Cardiology Section of the VA Tennessee Valley Health System (Nashville Campus). Our TVHS Cardiology Section works closely with the affiliate's Cardiology Division. The Nashville Campus is primarily affiliated with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with active residency programs in all major medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.

The physician will provide cardiac care, see patients referred to Cardiology in outpatient setting, and perform inpatient Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation consults.

As a staff provider he/she does not have supervisory responsibilities for other attending physicians, but functions as preceptor for nurse practitioner, physician assistant, fellows and residents and medical students as assigned by TVHS.

Consistently communicates and treats customers, (veterans, their representatives, visitors and all VA staff in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner. The physician will provide the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures and will handle conflicts and problems when dealing with customers constructively and appropriately.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced Training in cardiology and heart failure, with demonstrated clinical experience and expertise; recognition sufficient to serve on national selection committees for transplantation
  • Must be capable of evaluation of patients for heart transplantation and mechanical cardiac support, and follow-up of these patients,
  • Teaching experience with cardiology fellows essential, and requires academic appointment with our affiliate.
  • Call experience and responsibilities for cardiology within the VA system.
  • Experience and publications in either basic or clinic research
  • Qualify for an appointment as a faculty member in with our affiliate at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

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:
Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
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.

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 a license in that country.

English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

NOTE: Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position. As a result, employees assigned to these duties cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face-to-face piece seal or valve function of the respirator.


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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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: . 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 .

Additional Preferred Requirements:
Basic Life Support (BLS) and ACLS Certified

Customer Service - highly skilled in interpersonal effectiveness.

Must demonstrate administrative and leadership skills and be eligible to be clinically privileged in a medicine discipline. 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 . OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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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...