Staff Physician (Gastroenterologist)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Indianapolis, IN

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"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

  • Abraham Lincoln

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.


U.S. Citizenship Required

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency

Board Certification or Board Eligibility

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a 5/8ths (50 hours per pay period/bi-weekly) position. This position is not to exceed 1300 hours per annum with rotating shifts to include days, nights, weekends, and holidays.

NOTE: The appointment will be a part-time 5/8


VA appointment (50 hours per pay period) and 3/8ths Indiana University School of Medicine Appointment.

NOTE: Salary to commensurate with qualifications and experience.

GI physicians are able to perform all services required in the subspecialty practice of GI medicine in the context of the VA system and their clinical privileges. They are to document appropriately in the electronic medical record. Educational experiences are also provided to appropriate health care personnel who are involved in inpatient and outpatient care (such as admitting or consultative service team members including fellows, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, social workers, physician assistants and nursing students, utilization management personnel, and ED staff). Major duties and responsibilities include:

1. Staff GI physicians are ultimately responsible for the oversight of all aspects of GI care delivered to their assigned patients.

2. Staff GI physicians provide care to patients and/or assist fellows, residents, medical students, and nurse practitioners in the proper evaluation and treatment of the patient, as well as actively participate in corrective actions when complications occur related to indicated GI interventions/procedures.

3. Staff GI physicians directly assess hospitalized ward and ICU patients for changes in GI system conditions. A history and physical note, with the appropriate level of detail, will be entered into the electronic medical record along with an appropriate assessment and treatment plan for acute and ongoing care as well as when the time comes for discharge/discharge planning, and all should occur within 24 hrs of patient contact. A progress note is written in the patient's EMR daily and within 24 hrs of patient contact. Notes also may include concurrence with notes written by fellows, residents, or students supervised by the appropriate GI attending physician.

4. Staff GI physicians will also assess (in a timely manner) and recommend treatment for medicine ward patients they are consulted to evaluate for various GI disease states. The assessment and treatment recommendations should be clearly communicated to the consulting inpatient physician/team in both direct verbal and written (via the electronic medical record) manner, in the appropriate level of detail for the question at hand.

5. Staff GI physicians will also assess (in a timely manner) and recommend treatment for primary care patients that are referred to them in specialty clinic setting regarding various GI conditions/disease states. The assessment and treatment recommendations should be clearly communicated to the consulting physician/practitioner in either e-Consult or CPRS note template format.

6. Staff GI physicians will maintain all VA-mandated certifications, including BLS, ACLS, airway management (as part of conscious sedation protocol), and complete all required TMS modules and other mandatory VA training requirements per hospital regulations. They will also code encounters/notes as required by the coding and billing office, and comply with efforts to close all open encounters.

7. During scheduled tour hours, staff GI physicians shall be available for all urgent assessments and interventions as part of the inpatient care team.

8. Staff Gastroenterologists participate in various hospital committees, Medicine Service and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the medicine service and hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through the VA peer review process.

9. Staff Gastroenterologists shall be responsible for graduate and undergraduate medical education and scientific research, as their credentials and privileges allow.



To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:

Candidate should be a Board Certified/Board Eligible in Gastroenterology to practice in the Gastroenterology Section of Medicine Service, as well as eligible for faculty appointment at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Position requires recent practice in full range of general internal medicine.



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, this part.)



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


Physicians (Except Residents).

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 licensure in that country.

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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the

United States

, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional


education programs.

(Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Applicants must be citizens of the

United States

, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

New Appointees will be subject 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.

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

Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.

Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts -

The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance -

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave -

Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance -

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance -

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program -

Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

3. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


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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...