Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Geriatrics & Extended Care Service) in Biloxi, Mississippi

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Biloxi, MS
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (178 day(s) ago)

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1822700

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

Physician (Geriatrics & Extended Care Service)
Closing on Friday, September 29, 2017

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT.Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled and/or the closing date, whichever event occurs first; consequently, the position may be filled before the posted closing date. The first cut-off date is October 31, 2016. From that point applications will be referred as received. Incomplete application packages will not receive consideration.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate;

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.


The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Extended Care Service has a great full-time opportunity in Geriatrics for a Physician with Hospice and Palliative Care experience. As an Inpatient Physician for Extended Care, primary responsibility is providing comprehensive healthcare to residents in the Biloxi Community Living Center and Hospice Palliative Care Units. Outpatient clinical coverage will be assigned as needed. Basic computer familiarity is essential; CPRS experience is preferred. The Physician for Extended Care Service will be directly accountable to the Chief of Extended Care. The selectee will be responsible for the medical care of Community Living Center residents (and/or Community Program outpatients) with a focus on rehabilitation, short term/ long term wound and skilled care. The care will be delivered with a holistic approach embracing the cultural transformation concepts in geriatric care. The incumbent is responsible for the application of specialized, advance clinical health care knowledge and skills in collaborative practice in the areas of direct clinical care consultation, education of Veterans, families and personnel in the Community Living Center. He/she must execute position responsibilities that demonstrates leadership, experience and creative approaches to the management of complex client care. The selectee will be responsible for Community Living Center residents and Home Based Primary Care patients as the service's needs. For the outpatient setting, the physician provides treatment to frail, chronically ill veterans in their homes. The patient population served includes persons with a spectrum of clinical illnesses. Duties include but are not limited to utilizing clinical assessment to develop plans of care which reflect therapeutic, educational, preventative and rehabilitative aspects of care; performing comprehensive patient assessments that include health history, physical examination, evaluation of deviations from the norm and age specific disease screening, immunizations and health counseling; refers veterans to specialty clinics when indicated; performs phlebotomy procedures for obtaining specimens for diagnostic procedures etc.

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:

  • A Geriatrician with a minimum 2 years in clinical geriatric hospice and palliative care is preferred. .
  • It is also preferred that the candidate be board certified in Geriatrics.

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:

Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1 hour), standing (1 hour), near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, hearing (aid permitted), emotional/mental stability, working inside and outside, working closely with others, working alone, working with hands in water, protracted or irregular hours of work, slippery or uneven walking surfaces.

Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453069900

Job Announcement Number: RV-17-OC-1822700-BU