Physician/Clinic Director
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Saint Thomas, VI

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Come work for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System where we provide services to veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These islands enjoy year round summer, and you can experience Caribbean culture, history and diverse activities. J oin us to experience the wonders of working and living in paradise.

OU R 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 physician, 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

Recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses is not authorized for this position.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES: The Clinic Director is directly responsible for the St. Thomas Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and will be the direct supervisor of the Nursing Staff, Medical Support Assistant (MSA) and Social Worker. She/he determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. She/he will coordinate the professional oversight of each discipline with the VACHS parent service.

The Clinic Director will oversee and coordinate the clinical services including the Specialty clinics at St. Thomas CBOC and will act as liaison with the parent services in San Juan.

The Clinic Director will be responsible for the quality monitoring and outcomes of the performance measures for our service at the St. Thomas CBOC PC Clinic.

The Clinic Director develops needs assessments, prepares budget requests for funds assigned to St. Thomas CBOC. She/he monitors and controls revenues and expenditures, and administers use of available funds to provide the physical, human and procedural infrastructure that is necessary for the Mission of the Clinic.

Incumbent gathers and analyzes budget needs of the clinic and supervises all phases of budgeting within administrative requirements. She/he plans a system of internal control which assures sound fiscal management in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices. Incumbent is responsible for formulation and execution of annual budget including overtime, travel, supplies, equipment and all other general operating expenses.

She/he develops monthly and quarterly cost ceilings while maintaining running control of funds to ensure that accounts are within authorized levels. Continuously monitors unit costs, benchmarking against similar facilities, and develops and implements strategies to improve cost efficiency in administrative areas.

Direct patient care responsibility :

As staff physician, the main objective is to provide long-term patient-provider relationships, coordinate care across a spectrum of health services, educate, and offer disease prevention programs for ambulatory patients.

Incumbent will be responsible for the evaluation and treatment, including preventive care of a panel of patients assigned under his/her care and functions as part of an multidisciplinary team. This includes referral to a different level of care, when services needed are outside the scope of the clinic.

He/she must be an experienced physician with demonstrated leadership and management abilities for this position and should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


The position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10 to 12 hours each day. In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift and turn. Under Urgent or emergency situations, the incumbent will need to run, sprint or run up or down stairs. During on call weeks the physician may have to stay up part or all night and thus may experience short term sleep deprivation.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements :

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

Education: Possess a degree of doctor in Medicine resulting from a course of education in medicine from a school approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 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 or territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure

License/Registration: Must possess a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S., or in the District of Columbia, and a current registration for said license.

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

Preferred Criteria/Experience:

1. Graduate of an ACGME accredited Internal/Family Medicine residency program.

2. Board certified or eligible by the American Board of your specialty.

3. Possess administrative experience and leadership skills.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

PLEASE NOTE : Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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 will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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.

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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered. For more information please visit us at .

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

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

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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment)

· Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.

· Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

· New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation.

· If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification.

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

· New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability.

· 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 for having to do so under Selective Service law.

· This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

· Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.

Drug Free Workplace : This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs. Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.


Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process. For information about PBI, you may access .

“Candidate will work afterhours, weekends, Holidays and irregular work hours. Candidate must be willing to be detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services, if necessary.”

If announcement indicates a "cut off date", applications received after that date will be considered in the order they are received.

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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...