Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Medical Service in Saginaw, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Saginaw, MI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 8/5/2016 (75 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (73 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1771095

*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 announcement establishes a standing register of eligible applicants to be considered for permanent full-time appointments. The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on 11:59 PM (EST) August 26, 2016 and then again every Friday at 11:59 PM (EST) until the closing date of Tuesday, December 30, 2016. All applicants may receive consideration for one year from the date of application.

As a VA Physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons of recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes. For more information about the Saginaw area, visit the Great Lakes Bay Region website. 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, please visit the**Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.

Education Debt Reduction Program: The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and abilities.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relation 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 hhtp:// .

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


This announcement establishes a standing register of eligible applicants to be considered for permanent full-time appointments. The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on 11:59 PM (EST) August 26, 2016 and then again every Friday at 11:59 PM (EST) until the closing date of Tuesday, December 30, 2016. All applicants may receive consideration for one year from the date of application.

The position will provide leadership and direction for the Medical Service staff and its programs, to include, acute inpatient care in the Acute Telemetry Unit (ACT), Specialty Clinics, Urgent Care Clinic, Compensation and Pension Program and the Employee Health Program at the Aleda E Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, MI. The incumbent must possess clinical knowledge that provides the ability to manage these programs and provide direct supervision to Clinical Providers, including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, specifically with regard to customer satisfaction, quality of services provided, and efficiency of service delivery. The candidate will be responsible for the oversight of various specialty care clinics to include, but not limited to: Cardiology, Nephrology, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonology, and Neurology. The Chief, Medical Service, is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, controlling, and refining a comprehensive patient management/clinical support/administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements relating to the care and treatment of patients to achieve maximum utilization of patient care resources in a cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner. Broad clinical and administrative expertise is required in order to coordinate Veteran care in collaboration with the Medical Center Clinical Service Chiefs, Quality Management, Nursing Administration and with other VA and non-VA entities within and outside the Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN). Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Incumbent is responsible for implementing Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Handbooks, rules, directives, policies and regulations governing a broad range of administrative aspects of the medical center. In order to affect the policies, incumbent must have skills in management theory, cost-benefit analysis, and statistical analysis. The incumbent will be committed to supporting Patient Centered Care, to include the Patient Aligned Care Team model. Integral to this role is the active engagement in quality improvement initiatives and the development of action plans that lead to process improvement and various systems redesign.

  • The Chief, Medical Service is responsible for staffing of all pertinent clinical areas during non- administrative hours with a Hospitalist staffing model in order to ensure 24/7 physician coverage of the facility, including emergency coverage.

  • The Aleda E. Lutz VAMC holds an academic affiliation with Central Michigan University College of Medicine. The incumbent is expected to serve on the Academic Affiliation and Medical School Affiliation committees as a liaison for the academic faculty with the affiliated Internal Medicine Residency Program. Familiarity with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACME) and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards and ongoing participation in meetings and correspondences with VISN and the Office of Academic Affiliations (CAA) is a requirement for this position. The candidate will work in conjunction with the Designated Learning Official and the sponsoring institution Designated institutional Official and respective Program Directors.

  • Incumbent will participate as a member, lead or champion of process improvement teams, leadership committees such as Medical Staff Executive Committee, Patient Aligned Care Team Committees, Clinical Executive Board, Quality Executive Board, Professional Standards Board, Peer Review Committee, etc. He/she is tasked with providing active leadership and decision-making for the organization, is responsible for strategic planning, the budget process, and performance improvement initiatives.

Work Schedule:8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday)

Functional Statement Title/#: Chief of Medical Service

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.

Basic Requirements:

a. *Citizenship*. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. *Education*. 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

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

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c. *Licensure and Registration.*

d. *English Language Proficiency.* Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

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. 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 from the following web site: 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.

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) before the starting date of the position. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). The ACLS requirement is satisfied by attaining, and maintaining, current status through an approved AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. No online certifications will be accepted.

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.

Physical Requirements:

a) Reaching: frequent extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level.

b) Standing: the maintenance of an upright position.

c) Walking: frequent moving about on foot.

d) Lifting: occasional raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

e) Fingering/hands: constant writing or otherwise working with fingers and/or hands.

f) Talking: constant expression of ideas by means of the spoken word.

g) Hearing: constant perception of sounds at normal range.

h) Repetitive motions: constant substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

i) Vision: constant ability to see near and far, requires depth perception and the ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of colors when reading computer monitors.

j) Balancing: constant maintenance of equilibrium to prevent falling.

k) Bending: frequent bending of the body downward and forward.

l) Kneeling: occasional bending of legs at knee to come to a rest or kneel.

m) Crouching: occasional bending of the body downward and forward.

n) Pushing: occasional use of the upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

o) Pulling: occasional use of the upper extremities to exert. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects.

p) Grasping: the application of pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

q) Feeling: the perception of attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by touching with skin.

r) Sitting: the maintenance of a seated position.

s) Carrying: the use of upper extremities to hold or grasp and lower extremities.

t) Tasting/smelling: occasional exposure to smells that may be strong in nature.

u) Climbing: moving from one place to another on foot, utilizing one or both legs, and/or utilizing both legs and arms to change one's position in space.

v) Crawling: bending the body downward to a position of being on ones hands and knees.

w) Reflex: Constant ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 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. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified," "not eligible," or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. 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

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

The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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: You may be required to complete a two year probationary period.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Jeanne Barbosa Selective Placement Coordinator at (989) 497-2500, extension 13075. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Telework:VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veteran seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. Please visit the Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies document for more information.

Salary Range: $200,000.00 to $255,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 446913900

Job Announcement Number: BK-T38-1771095-ST-R