Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Hospice/Palliative Care) in Amarillo, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Amarillo, TX
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (171 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (175 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827599

Please note: This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There will be multiple cut-off dates bi weekly, beginning on 10/28/2016. Additional cut-off dates may be established until all vacancies have been filled.


  • 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of the 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.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

  • Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The Amarillo VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a part-time or full-time physician certified in hospice/palliative care (HPC) services. Duties include (but not limited to):

Supervise and clinical oversight of nurse practitioner in HPC; Serve as the clinical expert in HPC services within the facility to include inpatient, outpatient, consultative services. Inpatient hospital rounds in coordination with the nurse practitioner.

Rounds as part of the team for nursing home; may participate in outpatient Geriatrics clinic. Development of the HPC program, expansion of outpatient HPC consult clinics. Provide education to HPC interdisciplinary staff as well as students, trainees, and the facility as a whole. Committee Appointments-Will participate or chair meetings as assigned. Coordinate the patient care by effective communication with Primary Care practitioners, both at local and remote locations. Examinations - evaluates patients by examining thoroughly. Appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data are obtained to determine care the patient is provided. Therapeutic Ability - prescribes appropriate and timely treatment within the parameters expected in HPC care plans; applies indicated therapeutic procedures; recognizes and assesses changes in behavior, symptoms, signs, and other pertinent facts about the patient and modifies plan of treatment when indicated. Recognizes own capabilities and limitations. Patient Management - develops and maintains rapport and gains the confidence of patients and relatives through competence and interpersonal skills to the end that patients and others are informed participants in the treatment effort. Consultations and Specialty Skills - recognizes the need for consultation and utilizing facility or clinic specialty skills in diagnosis and treatment. Record keeping - physical and other examinations and changes in patients' status are promptly and completely recorded. Unusual incidents are promptly reported to the appropriate official. Clear, accurate, and adequate clinical records are kept current and completed at time of discharge/death. The treatment plan is clearly stated. The physician is fully knowledgeable of and utilizes the Computerized Patient Record System. All progress notes, orders are to be completed and signed daily.

Encounters - all encounters to be completed daily by physician as this affects hospital funding. Consults Closure - consults are required to be completed by the provider at the time patient has been seen. Teaching and Monitoring - covers both the individual and group learning experiences where one serves as the learning facilitator in the role of a mentor or teacher for residents, trainees, or employees. As a mentor, plans and guides educational activities to meet the individual needs of the learner within the resources available. Counsels learner on professional/occupational goals as they relate to education activities. Encourages active participation on the part of the student. Actively solicits evaluation from students of teaching and educational experiences. Assures that content is based upon student and patient care needs, up-to-date and at the appropriate level for the audience. Develops courses, lectures or programs based on pre-established objectives. Employs learning resources and media (library, film, slides, etc.) in an appropriate manner.

Preferred Certification: Board Certification is preferred, however, Board Eligible candidates will be considered.

Normal Duty Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Physician or NP must be available by phone or in person as needed for on-call requirements.* AFGE Bargaining Unit position.*

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.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive MAY be authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen
  • English Language Proficiency Required
  • Subject to a Background/Suitability Investigation
  • Selectee Must Pass Pre-employment Examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing Required

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. b. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. c. Licensure and Registration. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in ANY 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. d. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

Applicants for renewal of clinical privileges must demonstrate competence and volume of experience of 200 evaluations, assessments or interventions with acceptable results in the privileges requested for the past 24 months based on results of quality assessment/improvement activities and outcomes. Evidence of current ability to perform privileges requested is required of all applicants for renewal of privileges.

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: 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. 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.

Veteran Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and furnish a legible copy of your DD Form 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more, please review the information for disabled veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

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

Education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the selectee.

Salary Range: $101,967.00 to $225,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Part-Time or Full-Time Position Available

Control Number: 453637800

Job Announcement Number: AMA-17-T38-Rh-1827599BU