Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Hospitalist) in North Chicago, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • North Chicago, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827265

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?

Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes!

This position is located in INPATIENT SERVICES at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, Illinois. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.

If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the North Chicago VA is for you.

  • VA physicians and dentists earn up to an additional 7.5% of their salary (not to exceed $15K) in annual physician performance pay.
  • Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.
  • No physician employment contracts and no significant restrictions on moonlighting.
  • Regular pay increases to include biennial longevity increases, annual cost of living increases (when signed into law), and biennial reviews of physician market pay.
  • One full and unrestricted license from any U.S. state or territory is accepted at this facility.
  • 49 Days paid time off per year (26 days paid annual leave, 13 days paid sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays).
  • Pension plan – vested in pension annuity after only 5 years' service.
  • 401K-type plan (Thrift Savings Plan) with matching contributions.

Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals!

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The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), located in North Chicago, Illinois, is seeking a full-time Hospitalist for a 28-bed Medical Surgical Unit.

The Hospitalist is a staff physician responsible for maintaining professional, technical and administrative knowledge, competencies and skills to provide effective, timely and quality responses to patients who present themselves with acute health care problems. The incumbent is responsible for but not limited to:

  • Overall clinical leadership during duty hours and ensure the quality of medical and mental health services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety of patients assigned under their purview;
  • Demonstrating knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers;
  • Leading and mentoring teams consisting of medical students, residents, pharmacy students;
  • Serving as the primary point of accountability in the service and maximizes the efficient use of available resources;
  • Providing admission and discharge management for patients on the inpatient unit;
  • Working with interdisciplinary teams to ensure appropriate patient care is provided and social needs, the patient is in the appropriate level of care, and quality of care measures are met and maintain high standards of performance;
  • Functioning as a collaborating provider for Advance Practice Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists, as needed;
  • Participating in Medical Center committees, workgroups and system redesign projects, as needed;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services to patients;
  • Facilitating compliance with standards established by oversight and regulatory entities such as Joint Commission, OSHA, OIG, etc.; and
  • Ensuring timely completion of all program evaluations and documents associated with clinical care reviews and medical advisory opinions by the Medical Center, VISN and/or VACO.

Work Schedule: Day call during normal business hours is required, as needed. The selected Physician (Hospitalist) is expected to work night call duty, telephone call from home. Rotations may vary from every 3 weeks to every 10 weeks per rotation, depending on the available staffing. The Physician (Hospitalist) is expected to be available to work some nights, weekends, and holidays, if necessary.

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.
  • US Citizenship
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery
  • May be required to serve a Probationary Period

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 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.
  • 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. 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.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Board Certified - Internal Medicine.
  • The physician must possess and maintain current BLS and ACLS certifications.

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.

Resume Format: Please include information such as: the vacancy announcement number, position title and grade; how to contact you; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned; and other information, such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of the experience. Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.

Physical Requirements: Physical and mental status of individuals should enable them to perform all their duties under normal and emergent conditions. The applicant must have the ability to perform efficiently and without hazard to self or others will encompass consideration of physical, mental, and emotional ability as related to realistic requirements for the duties and responsibilities to be assumed. The work requires exertions such as walking, standing, stooping, bending, and carrying light items in the direct care of patients.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a setting involving regular and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases, odors, and other risks which require special health and safety precautions.

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

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453666000

Job Announcement Number: DK-17-IJS-1827265-BU