Physician (Anesthesiologist/Surgical Intensivist)
Department Of Veterans Affairs 1,249 reviews - Portland, OR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 785324 (Include # on all documents.)


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.

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

Job Description:
This is a full-time position split between Surgical Critical Care (SCC) and OR-based Anesthesiology practices. This staff anesthesiologist’s clinical and administrative responsibilities will be divided equally between SCC and Anesthesiology, with approximately one out of four weeks being spent covering the SCC Unit, two weeks participating in OR-based Anesthesiology, and one week remaining for administrative and academic activities.

Portland VAMC Anesthesiologists are responsible for provision of high quality anesthetic care of medically complex patients undergoing a full range of non-obstetric adult surgery, including major intracranial, cardiovascular, thoracic, and liver transplantation anesthesia. Provision of care is often rendered in an anesthesia team model involving anesthesia trainees and nurse anesthetists, but sometimes by solo provider. The complete range of care, including preoperative assessment, intraoperative anesthetic administration and monitoring, and post-anesthesia care, is rendered in accordance with local policies and procedures and national (VA, TJC, and ACGME) accreditation standards.

The SCC team manages approximately half of the patients in a 28-bed integrated Medical and Surgical CC Unit in one of the VA's highest-complexity surgical facilities. The multidisciplinary SCC provider team is comprised of anesthesiology and surgery CC attending, fellows, residents, and mid-level providers. Members of the SCC team are responsible for management of daily clinical and educational activities in accordance with local policies and procedures and national (VA, TJC, ACGME) accreditation standards.

The ability to meet all requirements for a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level, or higher, in the Department of Anesthesiology & Peri-Operative Medicine at PVAMC’s affiliate; Oregon Health & Sciences University.


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.

Surgical Critical Care

1. Works with the Director, Surgical Critical Care to insure adequate physician staffing of the Surgical Critical Care Team.

2. Works with the Surgical Critical Care Team and Critical Care Nursing to provide a consistent interdisciplinary collaborative approach to patient care, education, and communication within the Critical Care Unit; and to develop and implement the philosophy, objectives, policies, and standards that are essential to the delivery of quality care and educational programs; leads regular Surgical Critical Care Team multidisciplinary patient care conferences.

3. Works with the Section Chief of Surgical Critical Care; Service Chiefs of Anesthesiology and Surgery, and the Program Directors of the training programs that participate in the Surgical Critical Care Team, to ensure a satisfactory educational program, including an evaluation and feedback program, for all trainees staffing the Surgical Critical Care Team.

4. Works with the Director, Surgical Critical Care to maintain a regular Surgical Critical Care Morbidity and Mortality review process.

5. Participates in Process and Quality Improvement projects and programs within the Critical Care Program.

6. Helps foster a high level of patient and staff satisfaction.


1. Provides anesthesia-related direct patient care in all functional areas of the OR, ICU, ward, and clinic settings as needed, to include on-call coverage.

2. Provides anesthesia-related training to qualified residents and students in these settings in accordance with supervision policies and procedures.

3. Meets anesthesia-related documentation requirements.

4. Meets continuing education requirements.

5. Participates in development and implementation of program philosophy, objectives, plans, policies, and standards essential

to delivery of quality anesthetic care.

6. Participates in activities to improve anesthesia-related outcomes and efficiencies including regular participation in morbidity and mortality conferences, staff meetings, and any other relevant activities.

7. Contributes to the academic milieu.

8. Establishes and promotes an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between disciplines throughout our facility and affiliated academic university.

9. Fosters a high level of patient and staff satisfaction.

WORK SCHEDULE: Permanent, Full-Time

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Your salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined by a Compensation Panel, which is a peer review process. The Compensation Panel will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internships and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary within the guidelines set forth by VA Handbook 5007, Part IX.

1) Citizen of the United States.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Degree of doctor 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. c. 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.].
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician QUALIFICATION STANDARD

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 .

Your application, résumé, required documentation 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.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, up to 5 weeks paid vacation (for full-time physicians), 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 .

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

  • Special Employment Consideration : VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
  • Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (vacation) Leave : Federal employees earn anual 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.
  • Although the duty station is shown in this announcement, it may be necessary to utilize the selected person's services at a different location within the Portland VA Medical Center commuting area if conditions require it in the future
  • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
  • If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law
(5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must register with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions.

  • A security clearance and a favorable suitability determination are required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are examples of reasons an offer of employment may be denied.
  • Public transit subsidy benefits are available. Carpooling assistance is provided. However, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.
  • Relocation incentive may be authorized.
  • Recruitment incentive may be authorized.
  • A drug test may be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.
  • A pre-employment physical examination will be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.
  • Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis
  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
  • It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all Federal wage and salary payments are paid to employees by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).

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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...