Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Spinal Cord Injury) in Memphis, Tennessee

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Memphis, TN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 3/8/2016 (228 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 3/8/2017 (137 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1636244

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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. 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. 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.

The VAMC in Memphis is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, VISN 9, which includes facilities in Lexington and Louisville, KY; Huntington, WV; and Nashville and Mountain Home, TN.

NOTE: This is an Open Continuous Announcement. The first cut off date for this announcement is March 22, 2016. All eligible applicants that apply before this date will be referred to the selection manager. Any applicants that apply after this cut off date will be reviewed and sent to selecting official upon the request.


The Department of Spinal Cord Injury is seeking a full-time Spinal Cord Injury physician. It is preferred that the candidate for this position will have at least one year of Spinal Cord Injury experience to provide primary care and rehabilitation care that emphasizes a comprehensive continuum of health care and rehabilitation for patients with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders (SCI/D). The candidate may be trained in specialties such as: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, or Family Practie. A subspeciality certification in SCI/D is encouraged but not required.

The duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in the admission, work-up, diagnosis, consultation, and rehabilitation of newly and previously injured spinal cord patients.
  • Manage general medicine conditions with SCI/D patients.
  • Collaborate and oversee mid-level providers in the management of SCI/D patients.
  • Provide inpatient and/or outpatient services.

The successful candidate will have qualifications sufficient for a faculty appointment at our academic affiliate, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm; Evening and weekend on-call duty per rotation.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION:Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to
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.
  • U.S. Citizenship

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:* Basic Requirements: * **

  • U.S. citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • 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 allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.

(1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.

Residency Training.Physicians must have completed residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE:VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are:

(1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.

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.* *

PLEASE 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: The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactory perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Wednesday, March 08, 2017.


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

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.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all health care professionals who claim licensure, certification, or registration must be credentialed in the VetPro system. VetPro is an Internet enabled data bank that facilitates primary source review of all credentials related to employment. The VetPro process must be completed prior to appointment to this position.

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Probationary Period:New appointees are required to serve a 2 year probationary period.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

Applicant’s Responsibility: It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

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: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Control Number: 430664900

Job Announcement Number: RZ-16-KLM-1636244-OCA