Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Emergency Medicine) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Opened Wednesday 4/13/2016 (194 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 4/12/2017 (170 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1677569

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?

Albuquerque is a growing city of the Southwest that boasts a relatively mild climate year-round, yet has all four seasons. This allows for pleasant living and a vast array of outdoor activities including snow skiing, hiking, and bicycling. Albuquerque is home to largest hot air balloon event in the U.S., the annual Balloon Fiesta, due to its ideal climate and wind patterns. Albuquerque also boasts a growing film industry.

We offer excellent benefits and reasonable work schedule. Come be a key member of a highly motivated group that is committed to providing the highest standards of health care for our Veterans in a technologically advanced environment.

The New Mexico VA Health care System (NMVAHCS) is a highly-affiliated, complexity level 1a facility located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Emergency Department sees an average of 24,000 visits per year. The facility is known for excellent performance and clinical care, a robust research program and a successful and long-standing VA/DoD Joint Venture with Kirtland Air Force Base. The NMVAHCS is a campus-style facility with historical buildings situated on 100+ acres with mountains to the East and the Rio Grande River running through the city to the West. In collaboration with the University of New Mexico, the NMVAHCS provides an active teaching program for 125 medical residents along with numerous other nursing and allied health training opportunities.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.

Applicants will be referred periodically.

This position will remain open until filled.

Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the "Required Documents" tab may result in loss of consideration.

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.



The Emergency Medicine Department, at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is recruiting for an additional full-time Emergency Medicine Physician. Board Certification/Eligibility is desired but not required. The New Mexico VA Health Care System is one of the fastest growing VA facilities in the nation. The ED Staff Physician delivers comprehensive and urgent care for a panel of patients, ranging in age from young adult to elderly requiring emergency health care services. Provides care for acute and chronic medical conditions. Contributes to achieving quality of care standards, efficiency, process improvement, and patient satisfaction; orders diagnostic testing, prescribes medications, and consults specialty services utilizing the VAs electronic medical record. Collaborates on a frequent basis with administration, and others to facilitate the operations within the Emergency Medicine Health Care program to meet common goals. Performs the administrative components of patient care management. Participates in quality improvement activities. Provides clinical coverage as needed for the Emergency Medicine Health Care team. Establishes and promotes an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between all staff disciplines. Fosters a high level of patient and staff satisfaction. As part of the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans' Affairs Medical Center's affiliation jointly with the University of New Mexico's Health Science Center (School of Medicine), the person selected for this position will supervise residents if ACGME Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Other duties include performing general Emergency Medicine examinations, providing supervision of residents and medical students during Emergency Medicine, and performing clinical duties.

The position may include a faculty appointment at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine. Appointment and rank will be determined on qualifications. Faculty track and rank will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Preferred qualifications are: Multilingual English/Spanish, experience in an academic environment, experience working in a multidisciplinary environment and experience in, or interest in, developing expertise in a clinical area such as Emergency Medicine.

The duties of the Emergency Medicine attending physician include the following:

  • Provision of direct patient care to VA/DOD beneficiaries and other patients as needed on a humanitarian basis.

  • Administrative and medical supervision of resident physicians, medical students, and other trainees functioning within the Emergency Department.

  • Provision of emergency care to Employee Health Service patients as needed.

  • Provision of medical control to pre-hospital providers caring for and transporting patients to the New Mexico VA Health Care System.

  • Collaborating with the Emergency Department Charge Nurse to promote patient flow in the ED.

  • Assistance with administrative duties and quality improvement activities by mutual agreement between the Emergency Medicine physician and the Chief, Emergency Medicine Service.

  • Provision of didactic and clinical education to residents and medical students.

  • Provision of formal and informal education to the Emergency Department nursing staff as needed.

  • Participation in meeting performance measures that relate to the Emergency Department.

  • Participation in disaster and emergency operations planning as requested by the Service Chief.

  • Participation in Public Relations, community outreach efforts and professional organizations as they relate to the NM VA Health Care System, the ED, and the Emergency Medicine Service.

  • Support the NM VA Health Care System Mission, Vision, and Values statement.

  • Maintenance of all professional and educational requirements relative to licensure, certifications, and staff privileges.

Work Schedule:Varied schedule Functional Statement Title/#: Staff Physician (Emergency Room Physician)

Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276

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:

  • M.D. Degree
  • Completion of an accredited Residency in Emergency Medicine
  • ABEM/AOBEM Board Certification is preferred, as the New Mexico VAHCS is affiliated with the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is an academic facility. UNM requires Board Certification in order to supervise Residents.

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: 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; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted.

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.

"In Accordance with VA Handbook 5383 (VA Drug-Free Workplace Program) Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA."

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 435646700

Job Announcement Number: ABQ-16-393-JLS-1677569-BU