Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Pulmonologist/Intensivist) in Montgomery, Alabama

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

Opened Tuesday 1/26/2016 (272 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 1/25/2017 (93 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1608902

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 Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Dothan Alabama, Ft. Rucker Alabama, Monroeville, Alabama and Columbus Georgia. The primary duty station for this position is at the Montgomery Campus. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be offered to a highly qualified candidate.

FIRST CUTOFF DATE: February 5, 2016 Applications received by the first cutoff date will be referred first. Applications of qualified applicants received after the first cutoff date will be referred to the selecting official once every week until the closing date (January 25, 2016) or a selection is made.


Overview of Intensivist Duties: In conjunction with the Surgical or Medical attending physician and other consultants, the Pulmonologist/Intensivist (hereafter PI) directs the care of all patients in the Intensive Care Unit. The PI provides continuous vigilance; early intervention and ongoing care with the goal to decrease ICU related morbidity and mortality. In addition, the PI proactively communicates with the other members of the team to assure optimal results.

Overview of Pulmonologist Duties: When not scheduled for Intensivist duties, the PI will assume the role of consulting pulmonologist. As such, s/he will perform inpatient/outpatient procedures, inpatient /outpatient consultations, and inpatient/outpatient follow-up care. Specific Intensivist Responsibilities: (These will account for 0.5 of position FTEE):

  • Examine and evaluate each patient soon after admission to the ICU and notify the admitting physician of assessment and recommendations

  • Perform and document a Critical Care Medicine consultation on all patients.

  • Write ICU orders in addition to the admitting physician orders as deemed necessary for optimal care.

  • Perform and document subsequent evaluation of all patients in the ICU on daily rounds once every twenty-four hours and as needed.

  • Coordinate with the admitting physician and consultants to organize diagnostic and treatment plans for all Intensive Care Unit patients.

  • Participate in the Rapid Response Team (RRT) per hospital policy.

  • Perform and document diagnostic/therapeutic procedures within the scope of individual clinical privileges.

  • Respond to all cardiac and respiratory arrests in the ICU, assuming the role of the Code Team Leader.

  • Sign out to the oncoming physician to assure an informed transition of care. Complete off-duty summary notes when leaving ICU service.

  • Assist in the appropriate transfer of patients within the Medical Center and, as possible, with transfer to other facilities.

  • Participate in patient care rounds daily with the charge nurse, pharmacy, dietary, case management, respiratory care, pastoral care ICU nursing staff.

Specific Pulmonologist Duties: (These will account for 0.5 of position FTEE):

  • Diagnoses, treat, and manage patients with pulmonary diseases according to accepted standards of care.

  • Perform outpatient Consultations in Pulmonary Clinic (8 to 15 patients per day).

  • Provide inpatient Pulmonary Consultations.

  • Perform invasive procedures for which s/he has been granted privileges.

  • Perform Compensation and Pension exams and/or reviews as requested.

  • May admit ICU patients critically ill with pulmonary diseases and/or requiring assisted ventilation.

  • Interpret pulmonary function tests.

  • Administrative Duties:

  • Participate in the educational programs for the critical care unit personnel as well as the medical staff.

  • Participate in monitoring the quality, safety and appropriateness of patient care.

  • Attend ICU Committee meetings. Develop/update ICU policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrate ethical conduct and serve as a positive role model to others at all levels of the organization.

  • Participate in quality assurance programs and chart reviews.

  • Attend Medical Service staff meetings and Medical/Dental staff meetings.

  • Complete medical records in accordance with Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff.

  • Participate in Medical Staff committee assignments.

  • Perform other duties assigned by the Chief of Medicine.

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Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To other sites within Central Albama Veterans Health Care System
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.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed only if it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Completion of first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in any State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board certified Internal Medicine and board certified/board eligible in specialty (Pulmonary with Critical Care experience or Critical Care 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.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard which is available in the local HR 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:Standing, walking, lifting light loads, assisting patients with positioning and transfers. Must be able to use a computer to input orders, review reports etc. Must be able to communicate directions and patient orders. Light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with biohazardous materials.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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.

*NOTE: *Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel 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.

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427509100

Job Announcement Number: JU-38-116-16-CSa-1608902-BU