Staff Physician (Ophthalmologist)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Albuquerque, NM

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 742736 (Include on all documents)

This announcement is being re-announced to extend the closing date. Applicants who previously applied need not apply unless submitting additional/missing documentation.

Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the "Required Documents" tab may result in loss of consideration.

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) 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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

US citizenship

English language proficiency

Background/suitability investigation

Random drug testing

Physical standards

DUTIES:
***Salary to be determined by a Compensation Panel commensurate with education and experience.***

***Grade to be determined by a Professional Standards Board.***

The Raymond G. Murphy Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is recruiting for a half-time board certified or board eligible Ophthalmologist. The Staff Physician delivers care to veterans requiring eye surgery or needing treatment of eye disease which include anterior eye and cornea care work. Works with multiple divisions/services through an integrated facility to improve outcomes and efficiencies. Collaborates on a frequent basis with administration, optometry and others to facilitate the operations within the Eye Care program to meet common goals. Performs the administrative components of patient care management such as dictation of both inpatients and outpatients. Participates in quality improvement activities. Provides clinical coverage as needed for Eye Care team. Establishes and promotes an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between all staff disciplines. Fosters a high level of patient and staff satisfaction. As part of the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans' Affairs Medical Center's affiliation with the University of New Mexico's Health Science Center (School of Medicine), the person selected for this position will supervise residents. Other duties include performing general ophthalmic examinations, providing supervision of residents during ophthalmic clinics and performing clinic procedures.

Work Schedule: Part-Time, 7:30AM- 4:30PM. The Ophthalmologist will work 2 to 2.5 days per week depending on how his/her tour of duty is defined. The Surgeon could work two 10-hour days (20 hours per week) or could work three shifts (a 10-hour day and two 5-hour days, or combination thereof to equal the 20 hours).

Position Description Title/PD#: Ophthalmologist/ Functional Statement

FLSA: Exempt

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.

Physical Demands: Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Supervisory Position: No

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship
English language proficiency
Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
Licensure and Registration - Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA
Educational requirements - 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.
For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.
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 competed. 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:

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 postgraduate education.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Salary determination will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

NOTE : Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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.

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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.

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, 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://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

DEFINITIONS:
Status Eligible Candidates : Current Federal employees serving under a Career or Career-Conditional appointment, or former Federal employees with

Reinstatement Eligibility

Special Authority Candidates : (a) Schedule A (handicapped), (b) preference eligible or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) : Displaced or surplus VA employees in the local commuting area must submit documentation of eligibility in order to receive

special selection priority consideration if determined “well qualified” for a position.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP ) : Displaced or surplus Federal Agency employees in the local commuting area must submit documentation of eligibility to receive special selection priority consideration if determined "well qualified" for a position.

Interchange Agreements: Title 38 employees/others at: http://www.opm.gov/employ/html/sroa2.asp#InterchangeAgreementsWithOtherMerit Systems

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