Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Pulmonologist in Fort Harrison, Montana

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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? Montana VA has served veterans since the end of World War I, when Fort William Henry Harrison became a Public Health Service hospital and then VA medical facility, treating soldiers with tuberculosis caused by mustard gas and other chemicals and fumes. Today, half of the almost 100,000 Veterans that call Montana home, are enrolled in the Montana VA Health Care System, which provides services in every major city in the state through eleven community based clinics, two telehealth outreach clinics, the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center (VAMC), the Billings Health Care Center, and the Miles City Community Living Center. Fort Harrison VAMC, just outside of Helena, is a 24-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility that offers a broad range of acute, chronic, and specialized inpatient, outpatient, and telemedicine services for both male and female Veterans. The 24-bed Behavioral Health facility provides services for patients needing treatment for PTSD and Substance Abuse.

The incumbent for this position 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. Netty Voshall 406-447-6138

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Responsibilities

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:

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

  • Perform and document a Critical Care Medicine consultation on all ICU patients, as requested by attending physician.

  • Write ICU orders in consultation with the admitting physician as deemed necessary for optimal care.

  • Perform and document subsequent evaluation of all patients in the ICU on a routine basis and as requested by the attending physician.

  • 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) and Code Blue Team per hospital policy.

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

  • Respond to cardiac and respiratory arrests in the ICU, during regularly scheduled duty hours.

  • Sign out to the attending physician, to assure an informed transition of care.

  • Complete off-duty summary notes when leaving ICU service.

  • Assist in the appropriate transfer of patients.

  • Participate in multi-disciplinary patient care rounds.

Specific Pulmonologist Duties:

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

  • Perform outpatient consultations for pulmonary disease.

  • Provide inpatient consultations for pulmonary disease.

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

  • May admit ICU patients, as the primary attending for patients with pulmonary diseases and/or those requiring assisted ventilation.

  • Interpret pulmonary function tests.

  • With appropriate skills and certifications, may participate in the Sleep Medicine Program.

Administrative Duties:

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

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

  • Attendance at Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee meetings is mandatory.

  • Participate in developing and updating policies and procedures specific to the ICU.

  • 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 Associate Chief of Staff for Hospital and Specialty Medicine services.

Work Schedule:8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, excluding recognized Federal holidays. Night, holiday and weekend call duties are not anticipated, unless mutually agreed upon in advance. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Physical Requirements: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of this position. Pre-placement medical examination is required. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 3 hours). Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over): Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA 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 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. * Proficiency in spoken and written English. * Physical requirements outlined below.

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.

Education

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

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

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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklistto ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
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  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 11/30/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

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Agency contact information
Annette Voshall
Phone

406-447-6138

Email

ANNETTE.VOSHALL@VA.GOV

Address

Fort Harrison VA Medical Center 3687 Veterans Drive Fort Harrison, MT 59636 US

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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485740300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/01/2017 to 11/30/2018

Salary: $101,967 to $348,000 per year

Pay scale & grade: VM 15

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent