Staff Physician (Pathologist)

    Organization/Institution: 
    Veterans Health Administration
    Location: 
    ,
    Country:
    United States

    Job Summary:

    MISSION & VISION

    "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

    –Abraham Lincoln

    WHO WE ARE

    We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

     

    In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. 
     
    The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

    Key Requirements:

    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
    • Pre-employment physical examination
    • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine.

    Major Duties:

    Area of Consideration:  Open to all qualified US Citizens

    Tour of Duty:  Monday through Friday with rotating weekends on-call - every 5th weekend

    The Anatomic and Clinical Staff Pathologist provides diagnostic services within the   Department of Pathology to include potential for subspecialty coverage as training permits (examples include dermatopathology or hematopathology).  Performs the following services required in the practice of Pathology. Formulates and performs diagnostic information on various anatomic pathology specimens to include surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy pathology.  Provides clinical laboratory consultation to technical personnel and healthcare providers. Participates in Quality Assurance measures for laboratory sections as required by accreditation standards.  Teaches of residents, medical students, allopathic medicine students and other healthcare personnel who seek training within the field of Pathology.

     

     

    Qualifications:
    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    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.)

    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.

    NOTE:   The Under Secretary of Health or designee in Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research or academic position with no patient care responsibilities.   The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.   (See chapter 3, section B,   paragraph 14 of this part, on waiver of licensure provisions.)

    Licensure and Registration  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.   The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.   The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

    Physical Standards.   See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

    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).

     

     

    APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) 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 at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

     

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

    • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
    • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
    • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
    • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
    • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
    • Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

    How You Will Be Evaluated:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

    Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

    Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

    This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

    Other Information:

    1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

     

    2. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

     

    3. All qualification requirements must be met within 15 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site athttp://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    How To Apply:

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application PackageDefinition must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 06, 2011.

    There are two options to apply for this position, online or by fax.

     

    Option A:  To Apply Online

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

    ·         Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID BU447170.

    ·         Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

    Option B:  To Apply by Fax

    If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can apply by Fax using Form 1203-FXDefinition, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fxDefinition, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.

    ·         Your 1203FXDefinition is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

    ·         If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FXDefinition)- http://opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf

  • Questionnaire
  • Letter of Interest
  • Three letters of reference
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    In addition to the above requirement, please see specific instructions below based on your eligibility.

     

    Current and former Federal employees from other Government Agencies and from VA’s Nationwide.

    • Copy of your latest SF-50Definition (Member copy 4). Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214Definitionmay be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online athttp://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.
    • Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-pointDefinition with required proof.  If you are claiming entitlement for 10-pointDefinition, you MUST submit your DD-214Definition (Application for 10-PointDefinition) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.  Application for 10-pointDefinition (SF-15Definition.pdf.

     

    People with Disabilities

    • In addition, you must submit certification from either a state vocational or Department of Veterans Affairs rehabilitation counselor that describes your ability to perform the essential duties of the position in which you are interested.

     

    CTAPDefinition Eligible

    ·         If you are currently a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who has received a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) separation notice or a Certificate of Expected Separation, or if you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to special priority selection under the Department of Veterans Affairs Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAPDefinition).  ICTAPDefinition) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

    To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612Definition form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following stepDefinition instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

    Contact Name: 
    Sarah Stone