Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief Medical Officer in Columbus, Georgia

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

Opened Monday 5/9/2016 (165 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 4/28/2017 (189 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1693301

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?

The Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Dothan, AL, Columbus, GA, Ft. Rucker, AL, Monroeville, AL and Montgomery VA Clinic. The Primary Duty Station for this position is at the Columbus CBOC, GA. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

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”

NOTE: The professional Standards board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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 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.

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


Work Schedule: Typical work hours are between 08:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Outpatient Clinic is accountable to the ACOS/Ambulatory Care or designee for the coordination and oversight of clinical and administrative activities in the outpatient clinic. The incumbent is responsible for performance improvement activities in the clinic. Directs and supervises clinical activities of the Primary Care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Supports other Service Chiefs and Clinical Directors in overseeing the operations of Primary Care, Women Veterans, OIF/OEF, specialty, and all ancillary services performed in the clinic. Devotes 80% of time to direct patient care, serves as role model for peers. Responsible for the oversight and coordination of process improvement initiatives, assuring teamwork, and addressing customer service issues in the clinic. The position includes broad management and administrative responsibilities.

  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnostic work-up and clinic intervention including comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to Veterans in the Primary Care team setting;
  • Function as an intergral part of a Primary Care multi-disciplinary team to coordinate, facilitate, and provide patient care and services.
  • Discriminate between normal and abnormal findings to establish a diagnosis and initiate appropriate response to emergency health problems;
  • Initiate appropriate referrals and consultations to other clinical services.
  • Include patient and family in planning care and establishing realistic measurable goals for health maintenance/improvement.
  • Record/document health appraisal information, clinical assessments, treatment decisions, plan of care, on
  • Respond to computerized "alerts" indicating diagnostic test abnormalities and to health line requests from Veterans/family members on the day of receipt (weekends excepted);
  • Follow Performance Measure guidelines, including completion of clinical reminders in CPRS.
  • Work effectively with patients, families, members of the multi-disciplinary team, and other CAVHCS staff.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in responding to clinic demands, adhere to personal and professional obligations and responsibilities, practice and maintain ethical standards, and sustain a work environment that is harmonious and customer service oriented.
  • Promote all PACT initiatives.
  • Coordinate clinic schedules, including provider and clerical staff leave requests.
  • Prepare for Joint Commission survey
  • Develop and administer performance plans and appraisals for subordinates as required by VA regulations.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Will be required to provided services for all CAVHCS locations as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidate.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Completion of a approved residency training program in Internal Medicine
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of an approved residency training program in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, or Family Practice.

Preferred Experience: Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics or Family Practice preferred.


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.

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: 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: Moderate lifting, pulling, and carrying. Must be able to walk, stand, and bend for 2-4 hours per day. Able to distinguish between basic colors. Hearing (aid permitted). Good interpersonal skills, working closely with others. Use of fingers for 6-7 hours per day.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, 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.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

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

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

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 437522300

Job Announcement Number: JU-T38-184-Gw-169330