Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Physician (Primary Care) in Columbia, South Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Columbia, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 6/8/2016 (137 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1724222

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applicants will be referred to selecting official on a continual basis until all vacancies are filled OR until the closing date of this announcement. Applicants need not re-apply once the application is referred to the selecting official. Applicants must indicate which location they would like to be considered.

Columbia, South Carolina, is a wonderful place to live and work. A small-town atmosphere within a metropolitan city, Columbia is known for its museums, restaurants, and the University of South Carolina. Columbia offers four-season outdoor activity with several championship golf courses in the area and is a short drive from the mountains and the beach. Columbia is located near a 50,000 acre lake with boating and recreational opportunities and is also in close proximity to the premier Atlantic Ocean beaches and mountains.


The Team Leads will be responsible for the in-direct supervision and oversight of approximately 5-10 providers. The team lead is expected to enhance the capacity and operational quality of the PACT program to fulfill our commitment to provide Veterans with high quality health care services. It is anticipated that the team leads will be enthusiastic about systems improvements, possess a high degree of work ethic and bring a track record of leadership in clinical/education enterprises and experience in implementations of programmatic initiatives. Experience in the medical home model of care, (PACT model), is highly desirable. The Team Lead will report to the Chief of Primary Care and will work in collaboration with Section Chiefs throughout the facility. The Team Lead is responsible for clinical supervision and leadership of clinical providers assigned to the PACT clinics and specialty medicine clinics. He/she is also required to be a clinical leader and provider with experience in assessing clinical competence and current best practices. Essential Job Responsibilities/Functions to include, but not limited to:

  • Assumes 80% clinical and 20% administrative roles;
  • Interviews and examines patients, reviews past medical history and requests and/or performs diagnostic tests and examinations deemed necessary to provide total patient care including prevention;
  • Makes preliminary diagnosis, directs, prescribes or provides treatments or arranges for specialized care or patient referrals as required;
  • Reviews patient medications, diet, therapy course, adherence to management plan and patient observations, instructs and counsels patients, modifies regimen as required;
  • Works closely with allied health professionals to utilize and coordinate the services of other Health Care Professionals in the management of the patients' medical, psychological and social problems;
  • He/she will work collaboratively with the nurse managers and clerical support staff without direct supervisory responsibilities;
  • Provides leadership in the implementation, operational execution, on-going monitoring and reporting national and institutional initiatives focused on improving performance processes and improving quality of care;
  • Recruitment, retention, mentoring, and disciplinary activities for professional staff;
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agency requirements (e.g. Joint Commission, Inspector General, and other external agencies);
  • Reviews clinical staff performance to ensure quality of care and efficient use of resources;
  • Maintains clinical activity by full participation in departmental clinical workload.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00a to 4:30p. Subject to change based on the needs of the facility.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician, Primary Care/544

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • 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.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: Prefer background in ongoing outpatient primary care clinics and Board certification in Internal Medicine/Family Medicine.

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.

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.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far-vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $237,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 441260500

Job Announcement Number: OE-16-KSW-1724222