Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration PHYSICIAN (General Surgeon) in Wichita, Kansas

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

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (24 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815292

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 Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, KS. has an opening for a full time General Surgeon Physician in Surgery Service

The Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) serves over 29,000 veterans across 59 counties in the state. The largest city in Kansas, approximately 500,000 people call the Wichita metro area "home". With over 1,000 restaurants, nationally renowned golf courses including Flint Hills National, numerous museums, and attractions including state of the art entertainment venues, zoos and botanical gardens, the Wichita community has something for everyone. The Dole VAMC has a strong relationship with the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, as well as Wichita State University. The facility has a collaborative relationship with McConnell Air Force Base. To learn more about our great city and find out why so many physicians and post graduate-degreed professionals settle in Wichita see

Salary range: $200,000 - $325,000

Tour of Duty: Typically Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. On-call may be required.

FLSA status: Exempt

Bargaining Unit: Covered

The Compensation Panel Board will recommend pay setting based on experience, specialty, certifications, etc.


The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas has a vacancy for a General Surgeon. Applicants must be board eligible or board certified in General Surgery. Candidate should possess current, full, active and unrestricted licensure from any state in the United States. Must possess current BCLS and ACLS certification.

The candidate will provide General Surgery services including seeing patients in the general surgery out-patient clinic, inpatient consultations and the Emergency Department as requested. The candidate will be expected to perform a variety of general surgery procedures including laparoscopic abdominal surgeries, hernia repair, chest tube placement, central line placements etc. In addition candidates having proficiency in endoscopic gastrointestinal procedures will be given preference. The candidate will be expected to also provide on call coverage in conjunction with other surgical staff.

Candidates possessing strong teaching skills will be preferred as they are expected to supervise the students and residents rotating in the surgery department. The VA Medical Center is affiliated with the University of Kansas - School of Medicine – Wichita, and supports residency programs in medicine, surgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, radiology and anesthesia.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package. Candidates are eligible for performance pay if they meet the pre-determined performance measures. Medical malpractice insurance is not required due to coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In addition vacation is not charged for attending CME activities.

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: General Surgery. Prefer applicant board eligible or board certified in General Surgery.

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: The General Surgeon must be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the position. This would include: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking 6 hours; standing 6 hours; sitting 8 hours; use of both eyes; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); and mental and emotional stability.

Security Clearance


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

No malpractice insurance required.

Many health insurance plans to choose from and the government pays up to 75% of the premium.

Ten paid holidays.

Paid continuing professional education for full time physicians.

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: $200,000.00 to $325,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 452150700

Job Announcement Number: TH-16-MAS-1815292-BU