Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Orthopedic Surgeon) in Clarksburg, West Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Clarksburg, WV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 12/23/2015 (303 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/22/2016 (62 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is an open-continuous announcement. We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official at various intervals. If the vacancy is filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1586356

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?

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America Other regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities. For additional information, please visit


Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Selectee may be eligible to apply for the EDRP. For additional information, please contact Chauna S. Bucklew, EDRP Coordinator, or (304) 623-3461, Extension 3396.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: *Recruitment/Relocation Incentive *may be authorized for highly-qualified candidate.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

Surgical procedures, with required expertise in in all areas of Orthopedics including: Arthritis disorders, degenerative arthritis of shoulder and knee, injuries and metastatic lesions of the musculoskeletal system, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, foot and ankle injuries, shoulder surgery, hand surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, total knee replacement, and other general orthopedic surgeries and joint procedures performed by general or specialty orthopedic surgeons.

Providing consultation in an outpatient clinic setting and on inpatient wards.

Supervision/teaching of surgical residents.

Participation in committees.

Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Surgery or Chief of Staff.

*Work Schedule: *Monday – Friday, 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center. On-call responsibilities as required.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training purposes.
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:**

  • U.S. citizenship.

  • English language proficiency.

  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA.

  • Educational requirements - 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:

  • Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

  • 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.

  • For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.

  • 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 competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

  • Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR

  • Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

Additional Requirements:

** Successful completion of an accredited orthopedic training program OR successful completion of equivalent training or experience in orthopedics.

Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.

Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification OR the ability to attain such within sixty days of entering on duty.

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: Lifting and carrying (up to 45 lbs.); pushing or pulling (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye; hearing (aid permitted); clear speech; mental and emotional stability.

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.

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.


VA physicians and dentists earn up to an additional 7.5% of their salary (not to exceed $15K) in annual physician pay for performance.

Free liability protection, with tail coverage provided.

No physician employment contracts and no significant restrictions on moonlighting (VA employment is priority).

Regular pay increases to include biennial longevity increases, annual cost of living increases (when signed into law), and biennial reviews of physician market pay.

One current, full, and unrestricted license from any U.S. state or territory is accepted at this facility.

Forty-nine (49) days paid time off per year (26 days paid annual leave, 13 days paid sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays).

Retirement (pension) plan.

Vested in retirement (pension) annuity after only five years of service.

Thrift Savings Plan (401K-type plan), with matching contribution availability.

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: $99,957.00 to $375,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 424975100

Job Announcement Number: T38-16-06-CSB-1586356-BU