Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician, Chief (Orthopedic Surgery) in Asheville, North Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Asheville, NC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 7/29/2016 (89 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID Number:1758457

Salary: To be determined by a Compensation Panel of your peers and is based on your education and experience.

Open until Filled -This position will remain open until filled. Applicants will be referred to the selecting manager every two weeks beginning August 5, 2016.

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.

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You 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.

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 Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina is currently recruiting for a Chief, Orthopedic Surgeon.

The incumbent is responsible for admissions and medical care of patients, may coordinate these activities with residents/fellows/students if present on service, and possesses leadership qualities. Provides inpatient and outpatients operative surgical care for the Orthopedics patient. Demonstrates the ability to diagnose and treat orthopedic surgery patients seen in consultation with other health care providers. Promotes patient care programs for orthopedic surgery patients and periodically update them based upon current and new concepts. Leads the integration of the activities in orthopedic surgery services including patients of other health care programs. Participates in long range planning and model development for effective delivery of Orthopedics care and promotes adherence to cyber-security. Demonstrates leadership by promoting a distinctive and contributory role of the orthopedic surgeon in providing Orthopedics care within the Charles George VA Medical Center.

ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES: The medical center has a longstanding affiliation with Duke University Medical Center and its surgical residency program. The Orthopedic Surgeon will be actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, when present, as well as the midlevel's who are part of the service. Academic appointment is "desirable" but not "essential".

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Functional Statement Title/#: Chief, Orthopedic Surgeon

A Recruitment incentive is authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Licensure and/or certification required.
  • 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.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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 an orthopedic 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 Education/Experience:

NOTE: 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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standards

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: College Accreditation in the United States. 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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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.

Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

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

Probationary Period:You may be required to complete a 2 year probationary period.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Credentialing and Privileging: Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.

Interviews:Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. Further information is available at

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

Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $385,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445537200

Job Announcement Number: 637-16-242-TB-1758457 BU