Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 4/6/2016 (197 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 4/5/2017 (167 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1671831

OUR 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.

This vacancy is for Orthopedic Surgeon position at the Albany, VAMC. This vacancy will be used to fill one full-time permanent appointment. The normal tour of duty for this vacancy is Monday through Friday, day shift, with the expectation that each surgeon will participate in on-call coverage to advise and supervise Orthopedic Residents. Functional Statement for the position is Albany VAMC Department of Surgery, Orthopedic Service, VM-0602, Orthopedic Surgeon # F9080.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. 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

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

A Relocation OR Recruitment incentive may be available to a highly qualified candidate.

Position may be filled prior to the closing date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks. If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact the EDRP coordinator in Human Resources at the Albany VAMC for more information.


The Albany VA Medical Center located in Albany, New York is seeking a permanent full-time Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon to assume a staff position. The Albany VAMC serves Veterans with diverse surgical needs for the eastern portion of the state. We are seeking candidates with excellent clinical skills and experience in the full range of general orthopedic care including major joint replacement. The ideal successful candidate will have experience and specialized fellowship training in either foot or ankle surgery OR upper extremity procedures and be able to perform the full spectrum of evaluations and procedures related to their fellowship training, as well as general orthopedic procedures.

All candidates must have strong clinical, leadership, and communication skills with a commitment to academics. General Orthopedic surgeons or those with specialty interests will be considered. Ideal candidates will have a record of successful practice management, excellent clinical and surgical skills in an academic setting, and a significant achievement in basic or clinical research.

The Albany VA is located near the pristine Adirondack Mountains and lakes, and situated between New York City, Boston and Montreal, Albany New York offers the versatility of a big-city and outdoor enthusiast's dream.


Provide direct patient care as well as resident supervision and clinical instruction in the operating room, outpatient clinic and inpatient settings; attend, participate and supervise residents/students in outpatient clinics and take an active role in the evaluation of the patient, decision for treatment/care, and documentation in the patient electronic records; follow the Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines established for resident supervision, including those documentation requirements in the electronic patient health care record; supervise residents/students in the clinical instruction and the performance of any procedure whether in the operating room or at the bedside appropriate to their level of graduate responsibility; participate in call coverage to advise and supervise residents; maintain professional competency, courtesy and flexibility or provide the necessary services of this specialty.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation or recruitment incentive may be available to a highly qualified candidate.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment and background investigation
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Board Eligible/Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery preferred
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


  • U.S. citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy).
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Board Certified or Board Eligible with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Maintain Current BLS Certification
  • Maintain privileges at all times at the Albany VA Medical Center


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.

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. 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position.

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 DD214(s) 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.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

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

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. **

As a new employee serving on an excepted service appointment in the Federal civil service, you will be required to complete a two year probationary period. This period provides your supervisor with an opportunity to assess your conduct and job performance. Please note that an employee serving on a probationary period may be terminated at any time during this period, with limited appeal rights, for unacceptable job performance or unacceptable conduct.

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $375,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 434959100

Job Announcement Number: 528D-16BK-108